A history of recreation vehicles since 1900 with emphasis on self-propelled units and adaptations of motor vehicles. Explores motorists' innovations, furnishings, family vacation travel and domestic life, and early RV manufacturing.
M. A., American Civilization and Museum Studies, University of Delaware, 1977 (Hagley Fellow). B. A., American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1975.
- History of road vehicles
- Social and technological aspects of road transportation history
- Research and collecting project focusing on changes in the design and use of motor vehicles in response to environmental and safety issues, finite oil supplies, and other sustainability issues
- Paper, "An Exposition of Our Own: Corporate Identity, Consumer Advertising, and Atlantic City's National Exhibits, 1898-1968"
Past Projects: I served as curator on the following exhibitions:
- America on the Move, 2003–
- Evel Knievel: Happy Landings, 1998–2002
- The Family Car, 1997
- History of the Bicycle, 1989–2002
- At Home on the Road: Autocamping, Motels and the Rediscovery of America, 1985–1987
A study of curb space, efforts to control it, and effects on central business districts. Cities installed parking meters in the 1930s to relieve congestion and increase revenue; motorists and storekeepers mounted a brief, intense legal battle.
A look at motor vehicle innovations by airplane pioneer Glenn Curtiss, including lightweight car-trailer combinations
that led to the establishment of a recreational house trailer industry.
A day-by-day account of adversity and triumph during construction of the first telegraph line in 1844. Midway between Washington and Baltimore, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail set up a telegraph station and sent the first practical messages and news bulletins by wire.
This article examines small-town railroad stations reinterpreted in a moderne, streamlined style by Lester Tichy,
chief architect for Raymond Loewy.
The article examines the democratization of the closed car in the 1920s and Fisher Body Corporation's role in supplying closed bodies in huge quantities and varied styles. It looks at design changes, manufacturing changes, and aspects of consumer demand that explain the soaring popularity of the closed car.
An account of an 1881 collision involving Rutherford B. Hayes and his family.
A study of George Selden's 1895 patent on the automobile and the control that he exercised over the early automobile manufacturing industry.
A description of the Special Service Division, the Army's equivalent of the USO. Talented soldiers organized stage
shows, sports activities, canteens, movies, and other morale programs for soldiers near battle fronts.
A history of the Fisher Brothers and Fisher Body Corporation, an automobile body manufacturing firm that supplied General Motors and helped to popularize the luxurious closed car in the 1920s.
A brief history of recreation vehicles, including house cars, tent trailers, and house trailers.