Our Social Media Team
Have you ever wondered about the faces behind the posts you see on our social media sites? Meet our social media team! These individuals share their insights, research, park views, and photos to help you connect to our battlefields from wherever you may be.
(bp) Born a true Mountaineer, Beth's passion for sharing Civil War history with the public drew her away from the mountains of West Virginia to the battlefields of "other" Virginia. Beth's love of the park began as an intern a few years ago, and she is thrilled to spark the same love and curiosity in visitors. Her work as a Park Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania enables her to follow her consuming quest to understand people, modern and historical. How did men experience battle? How did the Civil War compel society to change?
When she isn't tromping the battlefields with visitors, you'll find her working on media or organizing volunteers and interns. Beth helped to initiate the park's first steps into the social media avenues of Facebook and Twitter, and you can catch her initials on Facebook posts and on the park's historians' Twitter.
(ejm) Eric began his career at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP right out of college. His career has taken him to Gettysburg NMP, Manassas NBP, and Richmond NBP, but he always wanted to return to Fredericksburg. As the park's cultural resources manager, Eric enjoys working with the resources that define the park and its significance. In addition to the Fredericksburg area's Civil War history, Eric finds the park's developmental history fascinating as well. Until Boston's Fenway Park becomes a unit of the National Park Service, Eric is happy to make his home at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP.
You'll find Eric's initials behind several Facebook posts--including the popular "Inside the Vault" historic photo series--and as a frequent author for the park's blog.
Noel G. Harrison came to history via his interests in railway grades, abandoned quarries, and sixties garage music, and to public history in Fredericksburg via degrees in history and historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington. Noel has worked as a historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park off and on since 1984, with excursions into a curator's job at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center and stints as a fortysomething graduate student at the University of Virginia. He has published two books on the houses, house-sites, and other civilian landmarks of the Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg battlefields, and a number of booklets and articles on Virginia's military and transportation past, as well as on Civil War photogaphy and cycloramas.
Look for "Harrison" on our park blog for Noel's fascinating insights into photographs and sites.
JH John Hennessy is the Chief Historian/Chief of Interpretation of the park. He brings a passion for both history and interpretation, always looking for new and better ways to transfer the passion we feel for history to the hearts and souls of visitors. He's written a couple of books, but most of his energy these days is devoted to developing new media and new programming for the park. He's worked for the NPS for 25 years (starting at Manassas), with an intervening stint with the New York State Historic Preservation Office.
John is involved in almost all of the park's social media ventures. He pioneered much of the park's intial blogging forays (and continues to post stimulating thoughts and research), contributes to Facebook, and splits the historians' Twitter account.
Russ Smith Park Superintendent Russ is excited about the ability to connect with visitors through social media. He said of his involvement, "I've been fascinated with the Civil War ever since reading Bruce Catton's trilogy during the Centennial of the Civil War. It's a privilege and adventure to manage this wonderful site and supervise this terrific staff. I'm glad to be able to share some of my experiences on Twitter."
Russ manages the park's official Twitter page with the help of his friend and confidante, Bill the Peacock. Together they share news coming through the park, along with a few opinions.
BtP/Bill the Peacock My name is William T. Peacock. (The T stands for The.) I stand proudly on the 2nd floor hallway of Chatham Manor overseeing the operations of the park. My perch, just a few feet away from the superintendents office allows me to provide much needed wise counsel and pick up juicy bits of gossip. My lineage is impeccable. I believe I am descended from the peacocks that ruled the grounds of Chatham in the Twenties.
(adk) Andrea, more commonly known as Andie, started her NPS career at Women's Rights NHP while attending graduate school in Upstate New York. Ten years later, she moved to Fredericksburg with her husband, two-month-old baby, mother-in-law, and five lovebirds (we'll leave you to guess who suffered the most stress during that eight-hour drive). Andie is excited to join the staff of FRSP as a Park Historian. When she's not working, Andie can be found watching/reading anything sci-fi or staring bleary-eyed at the clock wondering how a baby can have so much energy at 3 in the morning.
Andie serves as our webmaster and may soon branch into our social media offerings.
Did You Know?
Both Ellwood and Chatham were owned by the Lacy family during the Civil War. Both houses are part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.