Bob is a University of Delaware graduate and saw US Army service as an MP. He retired from Newark DE Police Department in 1999. While a Newark police officer he wrote History of Newark Police Department in 1992.
With his increasing interest in local history, he co-authored Press, Politics and Perseverance, a biography of Newark Post founder Everett C. Johnson, and History and Heritage of Pencader Hundred.
Bob has been involved with Pencader Heritage Area Association from its inception, historian of Pencader Heritage Museum since its opening in 2007, and served for 8 years as curator.
Bill retired after 38 years as Christiana School District administrator, teacher and coach. He saw active and reserve duty with the US Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Currently Bill serves as president of W3R Delaware and education adviser to Delaware Military Heritage Foundation and is co-founder of Warriors Helping Warriors of Delaware
A Pencader board member since 2003, Bill has served several terms as president or vice-president and is Pencader’s event coordinator.
Gail chickersky is a life-long resident of Newark and an active volunteer in non-profit organizations. She holds degrees from Virginia Tech and the Universite of Delaware and is now retired from paid employment.
She is an active volunteer with the Newark High School Alumni Association, Newark Historical Society, and Newark Senior Center. An interest in history came naturally, her mother was a US History teacher.
Linda is a retired surgical technologist and certified cardiac sonographer, but has always loved history and earned a degree in American History from University of Delaware. She has owned an antique store in addition to being an interpreter and curator at The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation while studying textile conservation. Her specialization has been in the social history of women in mid-Victorian America, studying fashions, health, beauty, education, marriage and family. She has a significant collection of women’s period clothing and accessories from the early 1800s and has displayed and lectured on these artifacts frequently at universities, libraries, conferences, seminars and museums. Linda has long been a participant in Colonial and Civil War living history events, making her own accurate reproductions of uniforms and other clothing for which she has won awards, and is currently a member of the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry reenacting group.
Linda has been a member of Pencader’s Board of Directors for several years and was appointed curator in 2015.
Melanie has a BA from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, where she studied the seminal texts of Western Culture in history, science, mathematics, and philosophy. An educator since 1980, she has taught in both parochial and private settings. In 1995 she founded The New School, an innovative, private day-school in Pencader Hundred where she works with children from six through nineteen years of age. Melanie also founded Omnia Humanitas, a non-profit organization dedicated to education of people of all ages, through seminars, lectures, and individually designed courses of study. Omnia also works to preserve and develop farming in the local community. The New School and Omnia maintain two farms in New Castle County, one in the Pencader Hundred, and “farmer Melanie” works daily caring for donkeys, goats, and chickens at both farms. One of the farms conducts a CSA, providing local produce to its shareholders and local markets. The New School and Omnia Humanitas also offer farm tours, internships, and summer camp programs for school and youth groups and local families. Melanie is crucial in making all of this happen. Melanie was born in Illinois and is happily married to a native Delawarean. Her grown son has three lively young children of his own, who play and learn at the School and on the farms daily. Melanie joined the Pencader Historical Society in 2018.
Keith is a Delaware native and has lived in Pencader Hundred and the Newark area most of his life. He is a small business owner and carpenter by trade. Working on renovation or restoration projects on old houses and structures brings him in close contact with one of his great loves, history. If the museum is open, you will likely find him there. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and ask questions as he is never too busy to discuss old buildings and the diverse history of the Pencader Hundred area.
Lowell is a retired professional civil engineer and one of the original founders of the local consulting firm Landmark Engineering. He has been a woodcarver since pre-teen years in southern Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest and presently shows his work at the Pencader Museum monthly, talking about frontier self-sufficiency, whittling (teaching it on request) and maybe playing a little tune on his self-made old-timey banjo. Lowell has hand-built hundreds of banjos which are distributed world-wide. A major woodworking project of Lowell’s was carving life size figures for St. Thomas More Oratory.
Lowell has been involved with PHAA for 12 years.
Ray is a life-long resident of Pencader Hundred. He holds a MS degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Delaware. He was co-owner-operator of Dayett Mill from the 1960s until it closed in 1996. During this time he developed and has patented methods of moving medical patients on cushions of air. He continues to work in this medical field in addition to his efforts in preserving local history.
Ray has been part of Pencader Heritage Area Association from its beginning. He is also a member of Delaware Academy of Science, Friends of Iron Hill, Christiana River Conservancy and an international society dedicated to study and preservation of old mills.
Jim was born and grew up in Pencader Hundred’s Chestnut Hill area. He is a graduate of Goldey-Beacom College and served 28 years in the US Air Force and Delaware National Guard. Jim has been a member PHAA’s Board of Directors for 10 years and is a valuable resource for study of Pencader families. Jim is descended from Peter Gunnison who came to America from Sweden on the second voyage of the Kalmar Nyckle in 1640. Peter Gunnison later changed his name to Rambo and it was he who is thought to have brought the original Rambo apple trees to America. Jim is related to the Rambo and Slack families who for generations have been residents of Pencader Hundred.
John was born and raised in Pencader Hundred, sixth generation of his family to reside in Newark area. This has instilled in John a love of local and Delaware history. For 50 years he was in the insurance business and has been part of Pencader Heritage Area Association for many years, serving several terms as treasurer.
James Stone moved to Pencader in July 2011 and joined the Pencader board in December 2015. Interested in local history since he was a child, James is an author, researcher, Revolutionary War re-enactor, and collector of historic documents.
As her family’s historian/genealogist, Barbara is author of Cradled in the Mountains, a family history. She is also historian for Christiana United Methodist Church and has published Christiana M.E. Church, Its History…Its People.
She served as board member at historic Hale-Byrnes House for 17 years; several terms as president. Barbara, a member of Newark Historical Society, assisted in opening the museum on Main Street in celebration of Newark’s 250th anniversary in 2008 and was a contributor to Histories of Newark, published in honor of the anniversary.
She was a board member of Friends of Delaware Archives for six years, and has served on Pencader’s board since 2007, several terms as president.
Ed is a retired mechanical and professional engineer, with degrees earned at Lehigh and Penn State Universities. He is a US Army veteran of the Korean War, specializing as a Multiplex Map Compiler.
Ed has wide experience in community endeavors in Pennsylvania and Delaware, has won a Jefferson Award, and been recognized by the Delaware Legislature for his civic services. He is currently treasurer of both Newark Senior Center Computer Club, and Delaware 50+Volunteers. The latter organization recognized him for over 3500 hours of volunteer service. A resident of Newark, he has served in several appointed city board positions.
Ed has been involved with PHAA from its inception, is past board president and was involved in obtaining use of our present building.