Alan Dieterich-Ward, assistant professor of history at Shippensburg University, received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2006. He has published several articles on American urban history and is completing a book, From Mills to Malls: Politics, Economics, and Environment in Modern Pittsburgh for the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Richard L. Lindberg is a retired public librarian who was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Pleasant Hills. He has a BA in history from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV, a ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and a MS in library science and a graduate certificate in history from Villanova University. He has a previous article about Pleasant Hills in Western Pennsylvania History. He lives near Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he operates his own genealogy research service.
Karen Ramsburg, a nurse, activist, and mother, became interested in history while trying to save the Justice William Smith house in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. She is running as an Independent candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Ninth Congressional District in the 2012 election. Ramsburg was born in Frederick, Maryland, and resides in Mercersburg.
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, PhD, is vice president for governance at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has published several articles, including “‘A Lady Sometimes Blows the Shofar’: Women’s Religious Equality in the Postwar Reconstructionist Movement” in A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press, 2010), “The Challenge of Implementing Reconstructionism: Art, Ideology and the Society for the Advancement of Judaism’s Sanctuary Mural,” coauthored with Joyce Norden (American Jewish History, September 2009), and a review of the National Museum of American Jewish History for Pennsylvania History (forthcoming, Winter 2012). Deborah is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received rabbinical ordination and a MA in Hebrew letters from RRC in 1999. She received a PhD in American Jewish history from Temple University in May 2010; her dissertation was titled “Faith and Ethnicity in American Judaism: Reconstructionism as Ideology and Institution, [End Page 95] 1935–1959.” Deborah serves on the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society.
Hilary Lloyd Yewlett, after a career spanning almost thirty years, teaching English and education studies in the universities of Cardiff and Swansea, took early retirement in order to pursue other academic interests. Among the most addictive of these has been the study of early modern Wales, particularly her home county of Radnorshire. In 2004 she gained an advanced diploma, with distinction, in local history from the University of Oxford. In 2008 she obtained a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge. Sadly, her planned return to Oxford University to pursue further doctoral research into emigration from early modern Wales to America was thwarted by illness. Hilary Lloyd Yewlett died on March 4, 2012. [End Page 96]