Although loath to admit it, my interest in history started with my father, who involuntarily took me to countless historic sites and markers during my childhood. At the time, I would stubbornly claim my chosen profession would have absolutely nothing to do with history. My mother also shares credit for shaping my interest in urban exploration. Like me, she possesses an unyielding sense of adventure.
My formal education began with a bachelors of arts from the University of Delaware, where the great cultural geographer Edmunds Bunkse honed my sense of place, geographic sensibilities and appreciation for authenticity. Following that, I earned a masters degree in rural sociology from Penn State University. It is at this time I developed a sincere admiration of Pennsylvania and its native architecture.
My professional background is in municipal government, where one of my specialties is the administration of National Register Historic Districts. For seven years, I administered the Hollidaysburg Historic District, which contains approximately 400 contributing structures, and is one of the finest historic districts between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. I was also a member of the Hollidaysburg HARB for seven years. I currently am the Executive Director of the Cambria County Planning Commission.
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