Historical Haunts

The Legend: Vampires of New England

Interviews

Michael E. Bell, Ph.D.

Michael E. Bell, Ph.D.

Author, Food For The Dead

Michael E. Bell was awarded a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University at Bloomington, where his dissertation topic was African-American voodoo practices. For more than twenty-five years, Bell was the Consulting Folklorist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission in Providence, Rhode Island. He has also taught folklore, English, and anthropology at several colleges and universities. Dr. Bell has served as a scholar or consultant on numerous projects, particularly those concerned with folklore, folk art, oral history, and humanities programs for young adults.

Michael Bell Website
Sue Weaver Schopf, Ph.D.

Sue Weaver Schopf, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Master of Liberal Arts Program, Harvard Extension

Sue Weaver Schopf is associate dean for the Master of Liberal Arts program at the Harvard Extension School and a lecturer in Extension.  Strongly committed to the idea that walking in the footsteps of writers and artists is important to understanding their work, Schopf has created a number of spring-break tours for her literature students in England, Ireland, Greece, and Egypt.

Harvard Extension School
Christopher Rondina

Christopher Rondina

Author, Vampires of New England

Christopher Rondina is the author of Ghosts of New England, Vampires of New England and Ghost Ships of New England. He was a script consultant on the PBS documentary Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island, which was nominated for regional Emmy. His research on New England's haunted history has been featured on television, on radio and in print for many years, including programs for the Discovery Network and the Travel Channel.

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Rebecca Tannenbaum, Ph.D.

Rebecca Tannenbaum, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in History, Yale University

Dr Rebecca J Tannenbaum attended Wesleyan University (1984) in Middletown, Connecticut, where she graduated with departmental honours in anthropology. In 1990, she began a PhD programme in history at Yale University. Her dissertation became the basis of her first book, The Healer’s Calling: Women and Medicine in Early New England (Cornell University Press, 2002). She

 

Yale
Dacre Stoker

Dacre Stoker

Author, Dracula: The Un-Dead

Dacre Stoker‘s compelling and informative presentation weaves together the details of Dracula’s history with Stoker family history, and Bram Stoker’s life in Dublin and London, then separates fact from popular fiction....revealing the truth about all things Stoker and Dracula.  Customized to appeal high school and university groups, Gothic scholars, vampire fans, or history buffs, Stoker on Stoker has fascinated audiences around the world, exploring the issues behind the
mysteries that have baffled Dracula scholars and fans since the book’s publication in 1897.

Bram Stoker Estate
E. Jane Carter, M.D.

E. Jane Carter, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University

Dr. Carter is the Director of the Brown Kenya Program. 4th year medical students and residents (IM, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine) rotate to Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret, Kenya under the auspices of this program. Dr. Carter is the PI of both the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program and the Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellows Program, both situated at Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya.

Brown University
Nicholas F. Bellantoni, Ph.D.

Nicholas F. Bellantoni, Ph.D.

Connecticut State Archaeologist

Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni served as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UConn).  An engaging and popular speaker, he expects to continue to give talks for the forseeable future.

FOSA Website
C. Morgan Grefe, Ph.D.

C. Morgan Grefe, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society

In 2011 Morgan became Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Her specializations within American history are prison history, African-American history and literature, 18th/19th century domestic life and interiors. Otherwise, my overarching field is museum studies and practice with an emphasis on interpretation and implementation.

 

Rhode Island Historical Society
J. Stanley Lemons, Ph.D.

J. Stanley Lemons, Ph.D.

Author, The First Baptist Church In America

The author J. Stanley Lemons graduated with an A.B. from William Jewell College, M.A. from the University of Rochester, and a PhD. from the University of Missouri Columbia. After teaching at Ohio State University, he came to Rhode Island College in 1967 and rose to the rank of professor by 1976.  In 1988 Rhode Island College awarded him their Thorp Professorship in recognition of his career of sustained scholarship. In 1998 he received the college’s Paul Maixner Award for Excellence in College Teaching.

First Baptist Church in America
Richard H. Kennedy

Richard H. Kennedy

Author, Leeches and Liberty

Richard Kennedy has had a varied career as a U.S.Army officer, teacher and hospital administrator. He served on active duty as personnel actions chief at Ft Campbell Kentucky, as commander of medical personnel in Desert Storm and in leadership positions in army Reserve units.  He served many years as a hospital administrator in Rhode Island and California and authored a medical historical novel.

Richard Kennedy's Website
Wayne G. Tillinghast

Wayne G. Tillinghast

Author, The Tillinghast In America: The First Four Generations

Wayne Tillinghast, an eleventh-generation descendant of Elder Pardon Tillinghast, was born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut. A graduate of the Norwich Free Academy, he received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and graduated with honors, ranking first in his class, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1960. Tillinghast has written extensively about law, history, and genealogy. His most recent book is 1797 The Year the Elephant Visited Providence (2010).

Pardon Tillinghast
Andrea Rusnock, Ph.D.

Andrea Rusnock, Ph.D.

Professor of History, University of Rhode Island

Science and medicine in the Enlightenment, quantification, public health and the environment.  My current research project is on the history of vaccination.

I am the editor of Osiris, a research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences.

University of Rhode Island
Sheila Reynalds-Boothroyd

Sheila Reynalds-Boothroyd

President - Exeter Historical Association

Sheila is a long time history lover and strives to preserve the Exeter folklore.

Exeter Historical Association
Linford D. Fisher

Linford D. Fisher

Assistant Professor of History, Brown University

Linford grew up in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2008.  He joined the Department of History at Brown in the summer of 2009. Professor Fisher's research and teaching relate primarily to the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude.

 

Linford Fisher
Marie Turner, M.D.

Marie Turner, M.D.

Medical Director of TB Treatment Unit, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital

Dr. Marie Turner is a pulmonologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School. The TTU is a designated New England Resource Center. Dr. Turner’s clinical interests include novel approaches to the treatment of MDR TB, TB in correctional facilities, as well as new diagnostic tools in the management of TB.

Tuberculosis Prevention