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Museum Staff

Peter Miele
Executive Director
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Peter Miele was elected third Executive Director of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center on May 26, 2020.

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Miele received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2011.  He began his career as an educator in the Northern Valley School District in Old Tappan and Demarest, New Jersey, teaching American History, World History, and American Studies.  In 2013, following a lifelong dream, he relocated to Gettysburg and earned his Master of Arts in Applied History from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2014.

Miele was initially hired as a Visitor Services Assistant at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center and was part of the team that helped to open the museum in 2013.   Since then, he has served as Visitor Services Coordinator, Director of Education and Museum Operations and, most recently, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education.  During his tenure at Seminary Ridge Museum, he constructed, from the ground up, a robust educational and interpretive program that has helped thousands of visitors, young and old, gain a deeper understanding of the Civil War and its legacy.  Throughout 2019 and 2020, he oversaw the transformation of the museum’s changing exhibit gallery into the Lydia Ziegler Clare Education Center, a sixteen-person flexible classroom space on the first floor of the museum with the capacity to engage digitally with individuals and groups all over the world.

In addition to museum work, Miele is actively engaged in the local and regional community.  He is a board member of both the Civil War Roundtable of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg-Adams County Torch Club.  In 2016 and 2018, he served as an Adjunct Instructor for Shippensburg University’s History/Philosophy Department.

A frequent lecturer, Miele has presented at national conferences of the Society of Civil War Historians, the American Association of State and Local History, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Battlefield Trust.  His essay, “Men, Morality, and Misbehavior:  A Social Study of the World War I Camps at Gettysburg and the Town that Surrounded Them, 1917-1918” was included in Duty Calls at Home:  Central Pennsylvania Responds to the Great War (Shippensburg University Center for Applied History, 2014).  He is currently working on a research project which situates the Gettysburg Campaign in the context of a humanitarian crisis.


Rob Williams
Director of Outreach
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​Rob Williams, a lifelong area resident, graduated from West Chester University in 2007 with an undergraduate degree in History. While an Assistant Director of the YWCA Hanover, he completed his graduate studies at Shippensburg University in 2014, earning a Master’s in Applied History. Rob worked for a year and a half in group sales at the Gettysburg Foundation before joining the Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center in October 2016.



Annette Bethke
Administrative and Membership Coordinator

Annette joined Seminary Ridge Museum as the Administrative Services Coordinator in July 2018. Originally from California, Annette’s background includes stints with the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Chester County Department of Open Space Preservation, and the Wildlife Habitat Council. She is an experienced program administrator with technical and database skills. Annette is active in Civil War era living history and maintains a website and blog on the topic. She has also published several articles and presented programs on the civilian experience during the Civil War.


Codie Eash
Operations Manager
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Codie Eash has been part of the Seminary Ridge Museum staff since before the institution’s opening. Prior to his current role as Operations Manager, he previously served as Communications Intern (2012-2013), Visitor Services Assistant (2013-2015), Lead Visitor Services Assistant (2015-2018), and Visitor Services Coordinator (2018-2020). In 2014, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication/Journalism from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a minor in History.

Codie has contributed to multiple digital history projects and collaborations; lectured for historical societies, roundtables, and educational groups; and published articles in national history journals, regional magazines, and local newspapers. His primary historical interests include Civil War-era politics and abolitionism, monumentation and historical memory, veterans’ experiences, and battlefield visitation and preservation.


Kaleb Kusmierczyk
Education Coordinator
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Kaleb Kusmierczyk began his employment at the Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center in 2018 as a Visitor Services Assistant. At the conclusion of the season, he left but would return the following season to fill the position of Lead Visitor Services Assistant in 2019. In 2020, Kaleb would again be promoted to Education Coordinator.

Kaleb has always had a love for history, the Civil War, and especially the Battle of Gettysburg since a young age. While in College he completed several internships and other volunteer experiences in a variety of museums in the Central Pennsylvania region. He graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a Bachelor Degree in History with a Public History concentration.


Visitor Services Staff

From left to right is Patric Mylod, Kaleb Kusmierczyk (Education Coordinator), Codie Eash (Operations Manager), Nathan Einhorn, and Brian Malkin.

Our Visitor Services Staff are responsible for operating the admissions desk and museum store at the Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center. They also lead tours of the Cupola, walking tours of the Seminary grounds and coordinate other programs.


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