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About the Experts
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Liz Lodge
Liz Lodge is the director of Museum Programs at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and has expertise in recreating and maintaining 17th-century immersion environments. Working with a talented team of historians and artisans, she oversees the museum's living history sites including the 1627 Pilgrim Village, Hobbamock's Homesite, and the Mayflower II as well as modern exhibits in the Carriage House Crafts Center and exhibition galleries. She has a background in archaeology and material culture of 17th-century New England and an avid interest in the environmental history of the area.

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Stuart Bolton
Stuart Bolton is currently a member of the Interpretive Artisan program at Plimoth Plantation. This team is responsible for researching and reproducing the colonial buildings and other structures that are part of the museum's renowned historical immersion experience. He has spent years in careful study of 17th-century written sources relating to Plymouth colony. He has also studied surviving early colonial buildings and the archaeology of early colonial sites. This information is combined with the rigorous use of early carpentry techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the process of period building. He has pursued this interest through more than 15 years at Plimoth Plantation, work for other historic houses and museums, and study with some of the leading figures in colonial architecture and archaeology.

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Emerson "Tad" Baker
Tad Baker is the chair of the History Department of Salem State College, where he teaches public history and museum studies. He is the author of numerous publications on the history and archaeology of early New England. His most recent book is THE NEW ENGLAND KNIGHT, an award-winning biography of Sir William Phips (co-authored with John Reid). He has served as chair of the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, and is currently vice-chair of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. His current book project is LITHOBOLIA: THE STONE THROWING DEVIL OF NEW ENGLAND. His summers are spent directing archaeological excavations on seventeenth-century sites in Maine.

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Ramona Peters
Ramona L. Peters's Wampanoag name is Nosapocket. She is a member of the Mashpee tribe, which is part of the Wampanoag Nation, whose ancestral homeland includes southern Massachusetts and the eastern part of Rhode Island. Her tribal duties and responsibilities include being one of the seven traditional chief's councilors and a member of the tribal council board. As an artist Ramona sees herself as a visual historian of her culture, fulfilling this role through various undertakings -- as a teacher, spokesperson, curator, interpreter, consultant, and activist.

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John Bear Mitchell
John Bear Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island in Maine. He presently serves as the Interim Director of the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine in Orono and teaches Introduction to Wabanaki History and Contemporary Issues. He has served on numerous museum and educational boards throughout the state with missions based on Maine's Wabanaki people. For 10 years John visited schools in Maine as a Maine Touring Artist delivering an Arts in Education program. During that time, he visited over 150 schools. While working his way through college, he toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England. He presented a traditional and contemporary program in Native American Stories and Song. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS, tribal-sponsored awareness videos, and other documentaries with topics on Maine's Native People.

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Charles Hambrick-Stowe
Charles Hambrick-Stowe is an historian specializing in early American religious experience. Two of his books -- THE PRACTICE OF PIETY: PURITAN DEVOTIONAL DISCIPLINES IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEW ENGLAND (University of North Carolina Press, 1982) and EARLY NEW ENGLAND MEDITATIVE POETRY: ANNE BRADSTREET AND EDWARD TAYLOR (Paulist Press, 1988) -- analyze religious practices in personal, family, church, and community settings. Dr. Hambrick-Stowe's numerous journal articles and book chapters explore such topics as the Great Awakening, the theology of Jonathan Edwards, and "The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Sarah Osborn." He has also published a biography, CHARLES G. FINNEY AND THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN EVANGELICALISM (Eerdmans, 1996). An ordained minister, Hambrick-Stowe was the pastor of churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania before moving in 2001 to his current position as director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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Donald Soctomah
Donald Soctomah is a Maine forester with a passion for history. A member of the Passamaquoddy tribe, he is currently its Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. He is the author of PASSAMAQUODDY AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, 1890-1920: TRIBAL LIFE AND TIMES IN MAINE AND NEW BRUNSWICK and HARD TIMES AT PASSAMAQUODDY, 1921-1950: TRIBAL LIFE AND TIMES IN MAINE AND NEW BRUNSWICK. In a long history of working for the Passamaquoddy people, Donald has served as the tribe's forest manager, helping to oversee Passamaquoddy land holdings, and has served as the tribe's representative in the Maine Legislature, pushing for positive political changes that impact native affairs.

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