Robert is a Social Studies teacher at Carmel High School in Carmel, New York. He has been teaching American History for 29 years and is a re-enactor for the French and Indian, Revolutionary and Civil War eras.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree from Connecticut State University. He is a Master Educator for the Living History Education Foundation and has created and instructed graduate courses such as “The Battle for New York in 1776”, “Private Yankee Doodle”, “Civil War Times and the Industrial Age in the Hudson Valley”, “Baseball and the Civil War” and “Johnny Reb Billy Yank”. These courses offer participants a total emersion experience in the periods of both the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars. Participants camp, drill and cook as if they were soldiers living in these eras. He currently teaches elective courses for high school students on both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well.
He has presented at numerous Social Studies conferences throughout New York State for the New York State Council for the Social Studies and the Westchester – Lower Hudson Council for Social Studies. In 2010 he was awarded the New York State Excellence in Teaching Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. He has traveled extensively to Revolutionary and Civil War sites throughout the country.
I have been reenacting for over thirty years, beginning as a mounted Civil War Cavalryman of the 10th NY Cavalry, shifting to the Rev War in 2001. I joined the 5th NY just after the 225th anniversary of the Battle of White Plains. In the 5th NY I have served as a Man-At-Arms, Corporal, Sergeant, Quartermaster, Adjutant, Commander, and Paymaster.
I was trained as a artillerist at Fort Montgomery, and have served on the crew of their 3, 6, and 32 pound cannons. Their 6 pound cannon is named after my daughter.
I taught pubic school in Rockland and Westchester for 34 years as well as being a Master Educator for the Living History Education Foundation.
I have been interested in the American revolutionary war period for a number of years. The rich history of our area and how it played a pivotal role at the time is a contributing factor that made me a revolutionary war reenactor. I also live on a local historic farm in a revolutionary war period home with my wife and our many critters.
I enjoy sharing any education we can about everything from the period at events. I hope to see you at one soon.