Board of Directors

Dr. Mary Munsell Abroe holds a Ph.D. in American history from Loyola University Chicago, and she teaches American and European history at the College of Lake County in north suburban Chicago, Illinois. A member of SHAF’s Board of Directors since 2000, she is also a trustee of the Civil War Preservation Trust and past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago.

Dr. Tom Clemens is a history professor emeritus at Hagerstown Community College and a longtime NPS volunteer interpreter and living history presenter. He is a founding member of SHAF, has been its President since 1989, and is eternally grateful for the generosity and dedication of our members.  He is the editor of Ezra Carman’s The Maryland Campaign of September, 1862: Volume I, South Mountain, and Vol.II, Antietam.

Dr. Gordon Dammann is a retired dentist in Lena, Illinois. He holds a BS from Loyola University, Chicago and a DDS from Loyola University Dental School. He is founder and chairman of the board of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine located in Frederick, MD. He has authored Vols I,II & III of the Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment and Images of Civil War Medicine – A Pictorial History. He is now working on a biography of Surgeon Jonathan Letterman, Surgeon for the Soldiers.

Dennis Frye is unmatched for his knowledge of local history, especially the Civil War. He is head of the Cultural Resources and Interpretation Division at Harpers Ferry National Park. A founding member and first president of SHAF, Dennis also helped found the Association for Preservation of Civil War Sites. He was President of that organization for several years and oversaw the merger that created Civil War Preservation Trust.

David Langbart joined the Board in 2009. He is a long-time archivist with the Federal government. He has been visiting the Antietam battlefield since 1966.

W. Donald MacReadie has been the President of the Baltimore CWRT since 1986 and on the SHAF Board since 1997. He is a retired employee of the Gov’t. Printing Office in Washington, DC and is very interested in the Antietam Battlefield and Civil War Preservation.

Bill Maharay has served as the treasurer of SHAF for most of the organization’s existence; he works for the Federal government in a senior financial management position, and has been actively involved in several historic restoration projects. For the last 28 years, Bill has lived in and restored a 1790s house that was used as a headquarters and hospital after the battle of Antietam.

John Nelson is a dedicated historian and interpreter who has worked for a number of historic sites and has most recently produced a CD-ROM entitled As Grain Falls Before the Reaper, a listing of Union wounded from the battle of Antietam as well as a history of the various hospitals.

Dr. Paula S. Reed, Architectural/Cultural Historian, holds a Ph.D. from the George Washington University in American Studies and operates Paula S. Reed and Associates, Inc., providing evaluation of historic resources. She served two years as part-time executive director for SHAF beginning in 1996 and thereafter joined the Board as secretary.

John Schildt hardly needs an introduction. Well known for his many books relating the various aspects of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and local history, John is now retired, but still active providing tours and writing. Not only is John a founding member of SHAF, it was his efforts that led to SHAF’s first major project; the purchase of part of the Grove Farm.

Harry Smeltzer joined the Board in 2006, became Vice-President in 2010, and is the editor of the SHAF newsletter. He is a Contributing Writer for America’s Civil War Magazine, a columnist for Civil War Times Magazine, host of the popular website Bull Runnings, and a certified real estate appraiser and educator in Pittsburgh, PA.

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You can always contact the SHAF board by email at board@shaf.org