Free Book Talks


January 13, 2019
Witness to Peace & Strife - The History of Ben Lomond in Manassas, VA; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Paige Gibbons Backus.

About the Author

A native of Wisconsin, Paige Gibbons Backus graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation, and George Mason University with a master's degree in Applied History. She has been in the public history field for close to ten years focusing on educational programming and operations working at several historic sites throughout Northern Virginia including Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Sully Historic Site, and Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Ben Lomond Historic Site. She currently serves Prince William County as the Historic Site Manager at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre (an 1820s town and the fourth seat for Prince William County) and Lucasville School (a one-room African American schoolhouse).

When out of the office, Paige spends her time serving on the board of the Virginia Association of Museums, exploring, being outdoors, or researching her interests. Her published works include Witness to Peace and Strife: The History of Ben Lomond in Manassas, Virginia, as well as well as numerous articles published for a variety of publications such as Emerging Civil War, Virginia Association of Museum's Voice Magazine, Civil War Traveler, and Prince William Living. She currently lives in Brentsville, Virginia, with her husband, Bill, and their two dogs, Barley and Bernard.

January 27, 2019 (snowdate February 3)
Kentucky Barracuda - Parker Hardin French (1826-1878); 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Joe Goodbody

About the Author

Local author Joe Goodbody is a retired United States Army Colonel and corporate leader with a bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska (Omaha) and a masters in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology.  He and his wife Carol have been married for fifty years with two sons and four grandchildren. In 1850 the “Kentucky Barracuda” swindled Joe’s great grandfather when he was a passenger on French’s infamous California bound gold rush expedition.  The adventure faltered in mismanagement and collapsed in deception, fraud and forgery.