Growing up in New Jersey, Matt’s fascination with history began at a very young age. Family trips to historic sites often included Civil War locations, with Gettysburg being a favorite. Over the years, Matt developed considerable skills in video and audio production. A fan of Howard Stern, Matt’s early efforts were to create material for his own podcast centered on pop culture topics. Having visited Gettysburg in his childhood, he later moved there, and went to work leading battlefield bicycle tours. Sometime later, he returned to New Jersey but it didn’t take long for him to feel something drawing him back to Pennsylvania. So, he came back to make Gettysburg his home. A lifelong friend and fellow “history nerd” encouraged Matt to combine his love of history with his talents in studio production to create a podcast about Gettysburg. And so in 2019, with raw enthusiasm, a knack for making interesting conversation, and a makeshift studio, Matt launched the Addressing Gettysburg podcast. He’ll be the first to tell you that it has been a team effort and that he’s grateful for the support of many wonderful people along the way.
Bob first got the Gettysburg “bug” in 1961 when his mother and father brought the family to the battlefield. “One of my first and most vivid memories is of seeing the Cyclorama when I was five years old”. Bob’s life-long love of history began on these family vacations and led him to teach high school and middle school history for 38 years before retiring in 2017. He has been a Gettysburg licensed battlefield guide for over thirty years. He and Matt first met in 2005 when Matt, who had just started Gettysbike Tours, hired him to do bicycle tours. Bob is married to his highschool sweetheart, Diane, and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Eric first toured Gettysburg on a family vacation when he was eight years old and has been hooked ever since. He began reenacting the Civil War while in high school, and, to this day, participates on occasion. After high school, he spent 12 years in the United States Army as an infantryman before moving into a transportation management role in the private sector. Eric came on as the producer for Addressing Gettysburg in February 2020 after discovering the show when Matt was interviewed on another podcast that Eric heard. He is an integral part of the production for all programming and has facilitated the popular sunrise and sunset video chat episodes from various points on the battlefield.
Timothy H. Smith is employed as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park and as Chief Historian at the Adams County Historical Society. He is the author of a dozen books and numerous articles concerning the American Civil War and local history. He is a consultant for American Battlefield Trust and frequent lecturer at Civil War Round Tables and Seminars. He lives in downtown Gettysburg and has been featured in numerous interviews as part of our “Ask A Guide” podcast programs.
Raised near York, Pennsylvania, Jessie attended Maine Maritime Academy in search of something new. Suffering the long Maine winters, she stumbled upon the story of the 20th Maine at Gettysburg, and this was the seed of her interest in the story when she moved back home. In between sailing contracts, Jessie began working at the Gettysburg National Military Park, and there discovered the wonderful community of people who love that place. Battlefield guides encouraged her to take the exam, which she passed in April 2018. Jessie received badge #38, once carried by Barbara Schutt, the first woman to pass the guide test.
A graduate of Bucknell University, Jim Pangburn became a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park in November of 1999. He has been actively guiding for over 20 years, including the last 18 on a full-time basis. Pangburn served as the historical narrator for the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee’s annual battle reeenactment for 16 years. He has performed tours in a wide variety of types, including car, van, bus, walking, double-decker buses, bicycle, segway and ‘Gettyped.’ Born near Appomattox, Virginia, Pangburn grew up about 100 miles north of Gettysburg, attended James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for two years, and has been a student of the Gettysburg Campaign and the American Civil War since a visit to Gettysburg on May 11, 1992. Click here for video interview
Charlie was born in western Pennsylvania in 1953. He has earned degrees in History from Frostburg State University, Clarion State University, and West Virginia University. His area of expertise is the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Charlie is currently an Adjunct Professor of History and Geography at Harrisburg Area Community College and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1986. He is a published author and a frequent lecturer at Civil War Roundtables and Civil War seminars. Charlie currently lives with his wife of forty years, Joleen, in Hanover, Pennsylvania.