PENCADER HERITAGE AREA ASSOCIATION
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Board Member: Robert Barnes
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.
Board Member: William Conley
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.
Board Member: Linda Duffy
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.
Linda has been a member of Pencader’s Board of Directors for several years and was appointed curator in 2015.
Board Member: Keith Jackson
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.
E. Lowell Jacobs
Board Member: E. Lowell Jacobs
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.
Board Member: Ray Johnson
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.
Board Member: James Lee
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.
Board Member: John Slack
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.
Board Member: James Stone
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.
Board Member: Barbara White
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.
Board Member: Edward Wirth
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.
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