Dustin Heisey was born and raised in the small town of Maytown, Pennsylvania. From a very early age, Dustin was interested in the American Civil War. Dustin was introduced to Civil War Re-enacting my then substitute teacher, Don Aston. Don had been an extra in the movie “Gettysburg”, and during his time in class, students would keep Don talking about the movie for the entire class! Little did the class know at the time, that Don was using his position as a re-enactor recruiting tool! It worked! Dustin stayed after class and talked to Mr. Aston as long as possible and eventually went to his first re-enactment with Don which was in Leesburg VA. The rest, as they say, is history! Dustin has remained active in the hobby on and off since. Dustin became interested in hosting events around the year 2000, when he began planning his first event in his hometown, Maytown. The event took place in a beautiful historical setting, including the property of Simon Cameron himself! The confederate camp was located on the historic Donegal Presbyterian Church grounds. Battles were fought, using custom special effects and pyrotechnics, in and around the historic town of Maytown! The event was a success! Dustin set his eyes on the Gettysburg re-enactment when the former hosts announced that they would no longer host the event. Dustin is a veteran of the United States Army Cavalry. He is married to Monica Heisey and they have 5 children between them! It has always been Dustin’s dream to host events and contribute to saving endangered battlefield grounds all over the United States.
Scott Fink is a combat veteran and retired Staff Sergeant. He served 18 years with the Maryland Army National Guard and 82nd Airborne Division. He has three deployments with one being a combat deployment to Iraq in 2005-06. He is a Purple Heart recipient, and has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, three Army Achievement Medals, and a bunch more “at a boy” ribbons and awards, including the coveted “Order of the Spur” (Dustin 😊).
He is a photographer and graduated from the Washington School of Photography and the New York Institute of Photography. He attended Towson University and UMBC in Maryland. He is also an author and Gettysburg photo historian. He has written two articles for the Civil War Times and has two upcoming books with publisher Savas Beatie. One on Gettysburg photographs and the other on the Rose Farm at Gettysburg. He also has participated in reenactments including the 150th of Cedar Creek and Sailor’s Creek and has also appeared on a Civil War series pilot shown on Amazon Prime Video.
Dr. Beeghley is an educational technologist, blogger, podcaster, and expert in using technology to teach history with a particular interest in the American Civil War. He has nearly 25 years of experience in supporting educational technology at the local, state and national levels. Holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California University of Pennsylvania, along with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Waynesburg University and in 2008, he completed his doctoral degree in Instructional Technology at Duquesne University where he examined how Pennsylvania teachers are using technology to teach the American Civil War.
Dr. Beeghley is the author of Teaching the Civil War with Technology and he frequently gives keynotes, and presentations, and leads workshops on numerous topics including digital citizenship, cyberbullying, educational technology, social media, and most especially uses of technology to teach social studies.