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