Debany

Debany

Age: 41

Lives: On the Civil War Farm of Samuel Foulk, Cumberland Township

From: Concord, New Hampshire

Educated at: American Military University (Masters in Military Studies, with a Concentration in Civil War Studies) and Southern New Hampshire University (Bachelors in Business Administration, Minor in American History)

Family: My husband, Walter, who I have been married to for 15 years, and our fur and feather family. My parents, brother, sister-in-law, nephew and the rest of my extended family all live in New Hampshire.

Job: Owner of Gettysburg House Histories (property and house research for residents of Adams County), and part-time Barn Preservation Specialist for HGAC (Historic Gettysburg Adams County Preservation Society)

Job's reward: Spreading the love of history to others, bringing the past to life, and preserving what we have for the future

What I hate about my job: There's never enough time to do everything I want to do!

Very first job was: Working at a local bed and breakfast when I was 12. I helped clean the rooms, helped make and serve breakfast, and cleaned up afterwards. I met the most fascinating people.

Favorite food: Pizza, or anything with lots of cheese

Pets: 16 stray cats and 40 pet chickens

Hero: My parents...for providing a loving, caring, and supportive home environment when I was growing up. It is easy to for me to see now how much different things could have been without such a supportive and wonderful upbringing.

Hobbies: Reading, metal detecting, exercising, genealogy, working in the yard

Pet peeves: Animal cruelty or neglect

You collect: Artifacts I found metal detecting on my property, each of which has provided a window into the past history of our farm.

Best friend: My husband

You would like to have witnessed what event in history: The Salem Witch Trials (I am a direct descendent of Elizabeth Jackson, one of the witches who was hung), or The Boston Tea Party (I am a direct descendant of Samuel Howard, one of the participants). Soooo many events in history I would have loved to have witnessed!

Event that changed your life: Falling down the stairs in October 1999. I damaged my left ankle and had an asthma attack. There was no one around to help. Now I have inhalers everywhere around the house and don't leave home without one.

Your scariest moment: Witnessing my husband having his second heart attack within a week, and having to call 911.

Your first memory: Hanging my legs out of the side of the crib. My parents have a picture of me doing that, and amazingly I remember it

Trait inherited from parents: To always stand up for myself and to never let anyone walk all over me.

Piece of advice that you live by: "Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."

Who needs a hug? Who doesn't?

Favorite reading/author: Anything about history, as long as it's non-fiction! "Early American Life" and "Oxygen" magazines, Stephen King

Favorite spot on earth: "The Angle" on the Gettysburg Battlefield

Website you visit most: Facebook

Would like concert tickets to see: Madonna

One bad habit: Working too hard and never taking time for myself

3 items on your bucket list: Travel to Europe and visit all of the places my grandfather was stationed at during WWII, own horses, and visit every Civil War battlefield (I've seen most of them...just a handful left!)

Five minutes with: My grandfather...so I could ask him more questions about his WWII service

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? How to play golf

What would people find surprising about you? I was very shy as a child

What would make this world a better place? If everyone had a love and appreciation for the past and realized that history does matter!

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? That I was asked to do this column!

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as the person who, through her love of history, brought the past to life for others, and inspired others to do the same.

- By Alex J. Hayes, Times Managing Editor

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