Chad Johnson, PresidentIndian River, MI
From an early age, Chad has been passionate about historical education and experiences. He developed this interest through a family vacation to Colonial Williamsburg and later pursued it as a trained educator with a history and education degree. He has worked as a living historian for the National Park Service and has started multiple historical reenactment groups. He is experienced in presenting and speaking to groups, having spoken at Civil War roundtables and teacher education groups, and taught classes for Calvin University alumni. Chad has also been involved in several Civil War films and is a team member of the Civil War Digital Digest. As one of the founders and visionaries of Homespun Historical Ventures Inc., Chad is dedicated to promoting historical education and preservation.
Franklin D. Van Valkenburg, Treasurer
Growing up near Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield and graduating from Virginia Military Institute may be a contributing factor to Franklin's lifelong passion for history and interest in the War Between the States. As a philanthropist and professional, Franklin wholeheartedly believes in making better experiences possible through preservation and has dedicated himself to the vision of Homespun Historical Ventures Inc.
John Manore III, Secretary
John James Manore, III, Esq., is one of the founders and visionaries behind Homespun Historical Ventures Inc.. 2022 represents the fiftieth year since John started Civil War living history and reenacting. John was an original member of the 100th OVI, which was a founding unit of the Mudsills, a member of Sherman's Bummers and it's by-product the 116th Regt. Penna. Vols. of the National Regiment of which he is still actively engaged as their Ord. Sgt. John is also an active member of Mess No. 1, and the Tiger Light Guard. John believes that the hobby should pursue as much as possible a historically accurate representation of both Federal and States Rights soldiers to honor the memory of those who fought in this war."
Robert J. Small, Director of Operations
One of the founders and visionaries behind Homespun Historical Ventures Inc., Robert has dedicated most of his life to historical preservation programs across the nation. His love for history and passion to provide event participants and spectators with accurate portrayals of historical events has been a driving force behind Homespun Historical Ventures Inc.'s establishment.
Doug Dobbs, Onsite Logistics Coordinator
Doug Dobbs has decades of experience in living history and teaching high school history classes. His passion for the Civil War era has led him to complete remarkable preservation projects, including extensive research on John Brown. This has resulted in him not only creating an impressive John Brown impression, but also serving as an interpreter at Harper's Ferry and the Kennedy Farmhouse (John Brown Farm) in Washington County, MD. With almost 20 years of experience in event logistics coordination, we are proud to have Doug on board with Homespun Historical Ventures Inc. Without him, our events would not be possible.
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