Officer List

Kyle F. Wichtendahl

Job: 
President
Phone: 
(301) 639-8855
Bio: 

Kyle F. Wichtendahl is a lifelong Marylander and a first year PhD student in United States History at the University of Maryland. He previously worked for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as Educational Programming Coordinator for the museum's three locations in Frederick, Antietam National Battlefield, and Washington, DC. Kyle graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2010 with a BA in History. Kyle is also an avid Civil War reenactor and living historian, and an enthusiast in the traditional art of pipe-smoking.

Bob Becker

Job: 
Board Member
Bio: 

Bob Becker is a retired school teacher, originally from Ohio and now living in Washington County, Maryland. He taught history, geography, and religion at the Heritage Academy near Hagerstown for 40 years. He has a lifelong love of sports and officiated football in Washington County for 25 years. Bob is very active with his church, Grace Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Bob is also the past President of the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table, serving in that role for over 10 years.

Mike Musick

Job: 
Board Member
Bio: 

Though you will rarely find his name as a published author, Mike Musick is one of the nation’s greatest authorities on the American Civil War and an unsung hero of modern Civil War scholarship. Mike is now retired from a 35 year career at the National Archives and Records Administration where he served as the Subject Area Expert in the Civil War. His invisible hand has helped to shape leading scholarship in Civil War history for many years and leading historians have all acknowledged in invaluable help and guidance in navigating overwhelming archival materials. Mike has also been an indispensable force in the success of the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table for many years and we are incredibly grateful for his support.

 

Steve French

Job: 
Board Member
Bio: 

Steve French is an award-winning historian and author from Morgan County, West Virginia. He has published several books including Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign, winner of the 2008 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award and the 2009 Gettysburg CWRT Book Award, Four Years Along the Tilhance: The Diary of Elisha Manor, and Rebel Chronicles: Raiders Scouts and Train Robbers of the Upper Potomac. Steve has written scores of articles and reviews for The Washington TimesGettysburg MagazineNorth and South MagazineThe Southern Cavalry ReviewMaryland Cracker Barrel MagazineThe Morgan Messenger, and Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table (UK). Steve teaches middle school history in Martinsburg, WV and has been giving historical lectures and tours of the lower Shenandoah Valley for two decades.