Instructor Bios

Nancie W. Gudmestad
Shriver House Museum –
The Civilian Experience at Gettysburg–Raised in Philadelphia, Nancie left her job as Branch Manager of a computer firm to move to Gettysburg in 1984 with her husband, Del, to open the first bed and breakfast in town.  Lively discussions about the battle took place around the breakfast table each morning but the one topic never brought up was what happened to the 2,400 people living in Gettysburg in July 1863.  It became clear that visitors who came to learn about the battle also needed to know the other side of the story. In 1996, they restored an 1860 home which had been abandoned for nearly 30 years.  Today, tours are conducted through George and Hettie Shrivers’ home to tell the civilian side of the Battle of Gettysburg.  The Shriver House Museum has earned numerous awards including the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Historic Preservation Award.  The Museum has been used as a filming site for PBS, A&E, HGTV, CNN, BBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and The Travel Channel.

Tom Jolin
Entertainment Activity Civil War Music –
 It was 1954 in a Northern Wisconsin kindergarten class, as Tom Jolin walked round and round singing “Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone” in a game of “guess what I am.”  He was a record player and even though it was a thoughtful performance, no one guessed it.  Some careers have auspicious starts, others do not.  He was a founding member of the West Orrtanna String Band, as well as the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, and played with these groups from 1972 to 1999.  Through funding from The PA Council on the Arts, their five albums were archived and preserved in a set, “Traditional Music from Orrtanna.”  He also performs with The Barnstormers, who performed at the Viljandi Estonia Folk Festival in 2006 and in 2008; they performed at the Moelln and Rudolstadt Folk Festivals in Germany.  Tom has been a solo performer since 1978 and has recorded on eight albums.  He is a presenter for the PA Humanities Council. Tom is also an instrument maker, specializing in the hammer dulcimer.  He is a sought after Pennsylvania artist in residence and spends extended time in various schools, assisting students in making their own school-owned instruments. Tom and his wife, Marianne, have five children and live in their owner-built home in the foothills of the Appalachians, near Gettysburg.

Richard Kohr
Three Days in July 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg –
 Rich is a native of Lebanon, Pa., and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 1995 and is a former president of the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. In addition to guiding, Rich has been a presenter at several seminars and Civil War Round Tables. He also taught Continuing Education Courses related to the Gettysburg Campaign at the Gettysburg Branch campus of Harrisburg Area Community College.

Deb Novotny
Three Days in July 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg,Heroic Women of Gettysburg,The Civilians of Gettysburg During the Civil War –
Originally from Brownsville, PA.  Graduated from California State College BS in Education (History Major) 1972 and MA in History 1978.  Member of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society).  Taught Social Studies at Brownsville Catholic School, 1972-1978 and U.S History and AP U.S. History at Gettysburg Area High School 1980-2008.  Licensed Battlefield Guide 1975 to Present.  Member of Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, Adams County Historical Society, Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides (Treasurer, Vice President, Secretary, and currently Executive Board Member), Evergreen Cemetery Board of Trustees (currently President)

Larry Wallace
Three Days In July – 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg, The Battle At East Cavalry Field –
 Larry is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University.  He did graduate work at East Stroudsburg, Penn State University and Western Maryland College.  Larry retired from the South Western School District after 38 years.  He has been a licensed Battlefield Guide since 1985.  Larry is an instructor in Continuing Education courses and seminars relating to the Civil War.