Predictably, in any literary publishing effort, help comes from many
diverse quarters. The editor wishes to recognize the timely and generous
enthusiasm for the entire project offered by George Minnucci, president,
Eastern National Park & Monument Association. Chesley Moroz and
Kimberly Law were immensely helpful on this and many 75th Anniversary
projects. Their guidance, professionalism, and patience were just the
right combination of ingredients.
The thirty-seven authors represented in this work cannot be thanked
individually here, but it must be pointed out that they each accepted
their tasks graciously and strove to meet my short deadlines. Some were
unfamiliar with the pioneer they were asked to "sketch," and therefore
were very objective in their reporting. Others were intimately
acquainted with their assigned character, and provided vignettes that
revealed unabashed affection. All displayed wonderful respect for both
the intent of this effort and the accomplishments of their subjects.
Great and diligent assistance was provided by Linda Griffin, park
ranger, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, and Tom Durant, photo historian,
Harpers Ferry Center, in finding and securing photographs. Additional
photographic expertise from staff in the NPS Micrographics Division,
Denver Service Center, was both prompt and excellent.
Historical accuracy was verified and improved by Ed Bearss and Barry
Mackintosh as well as Marcy Culpin (who also aided in selection of
subjects and corralled some of the biographers). Nancy Sundermeier's
word processing greatly facilitated this project; her patience was and
is much appreciated. Doug Caldwell and Ron Thoman also provided
editorial assistance, promptly and constructively.
Thanks to all.