Michigan Civil War Association Founding Members
JACK DEMPSEY is author of the award-winning Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice and articles on Michigan involvement in the Civil War. His fascination with the Civil War dates to the third grade; his first visit to Antietam came in 1973. He co-authored (with Dave Dempsey) the Michigan Notable Book Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors and a forthcoming sequel, and he is author of Capitol Park: Historic Heart of Detroit. A Super Lawyer® in the Ann Arbor office of Dickinson Wright PLLC, he has served on the Michigan Historical Commission since 2007; he was elected its president in 2012. Born in Detroit, he lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife of forty-one years, Suzzanne. Jack can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or through his blog http://micwc.typepad.com/ or website http://jackdempseybooks.com/
David Dorsey Finney, Jr. is a veteran of the U.S. Army, David Finney is an award-winning educator and esteemed Civil War historian and lecturer. He has served as an historical commentator for several documentaries and appeared on cable television's History Channel. For five summers Finney worked as a seasonal interpreter for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania Military Battlefield and Petersburg Military Park. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Detroit/Mercy and Oakland Community College. David taught and chaired the History and Social Studies Department at North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan. He received numerous awards including History Teacher of the Year from the Michigan Education Association, American History Teacher of the Year from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and Michigan's Legion of Merit. Upon his retirement in 2006 Finney was honored with the status of American History Teacher Emeritus. Dave is author of many articles and recently co-authored Remembering Michigan’s Civil War Soldiers published by Arcadia Publishing.
BRIAN JAMES EGEN is an award-winning film director and producer, Civil War material culture historian and lifelong student of the Civil War. He is executive producer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan where for many years he was responsible for the implementation of the “Civil War Remembrance” program on Memorial Day weekend devoted to study and commemoration of the Civil War. In his current role, Brian oversees many of the videos produced and is a coordinator for the CBS television’s The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation. He has served on the Michigan Historical Commission since 2011 and is chairman of its Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He served as assistant director and historical consultant for Antietam: A Documentary Film for the U.S. Department of the Interior on the Battle of Antietam, and his fascination with the Antietam story dates to the early 1980s. Born in Monroe, Michigan, he lives there in a historic home with his wife, Jody, and daughter, Scarlett. Brian can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]
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