Raised in New Jersey, I lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for 20 years. I've now settled into life in an agricultural reserve near the small town of Poolesville, Maryland.

I like to think I can find something to talk about with anyone I meet, and I see every project as an opportunity for immersion in a new area of history. For ten years, I taught medieval literature for the University of Maryland University College on the Shady Grove and College Park campuses. Since 1999 I've been part of the team at PhotoAssist, Inc., where I've helped the U.S. Postal Service research and develop more than 100 stamps and stamp sheets on a dizzying array of cultural subjects, including military history, Islamic holidays, Hollywood legends, and fine art.

As a freelance writer, I've told the stories of a medieval warlord, a government agency, one of the country's most influential art centers, and, for a forthcoming book, a Reconstruction-era African American town.

If I can help your organization or community tell its story, feel free to send me a note at:

jeffsypeck - at- gmail - dot - com