Professor of History/Director of the Lewis University History Center
Chicago history, Will County history, Lockport history, Starved Rock State Park, The National Heritage Area Movement, I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, History of landscapes
Ancient World, Illinois History, Early Modern Europe, Historiography I&II, Culture and Civilization I&II, and Public History
1999 Ph.D., Loyola University- Chicago
1989 M.A., Midwestern State Univ.
1986 B.A., Humboldt State University
Board of Directors of the Joliet Area Historical Museum, Board of Directors of the Will County Historical Society, member of the site council for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Gaylord Building Historic Site, in Lockport, Ill.
Port lecturer for Princess Cruise Line Awards: The Illinois Historical Society awarded the superior achievement award in the category of publications for Envisioning Joliet: Burnham, Bennett, and Beyond.
“Chicago: A Pictorial Celebration,” Photographs by Elan Penn (New York: Sterling Publishing, 2006).
Co-authored with Charlene Giardina, “Starved Rock State Park: The Work of the CCC Along the I&M Canal” (Great Britain: Arcadia Publishing, 2002).
He is also author of several articles and encyclopedia entries including: “From Heartland to Nation: The National Heritage Area Movement at Twenty. ” History News American Association of State and Local History 59: 2 (Spring 2004): 11-15.
He directed the creation of the interpretive elements for the Lincoln Landing in Lockport, Ill.
He was a curator of “Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent” at the Gaylord Building, Lockport, Illinois (October 1999 to the Present). He also co-curated with Mark Harmon, “Celebrating 20 Years of the Gaylord Building on the Public Landing” at the Gaylord Building Historic Site (October 25, 2007 to August 2008). He also co-coordinated a team of university faculty and staff that conceptualized, fabricated, and installed “Lewis University: Heritage, Growth and Vision” at the Joliet Area Historical Museum (January 20-March 18, 2007).
Honored by the Illinois Historical Society for “Envisioning Joliet: Burnham, Bennett, and Beyond.”
“Sustainable Exhibition Development – Students, Collections, and the Mid-Sized Museum.” The National Council on Public History Annual Conference in Monterrey, California. March 20, 2014.
Award from Illinois State Historical Society for the exhibit and booklet for The Emergence of Modern Joliet: Art, Industry, and Urbanization.