Executive Board Members:

Hugh Boyle, President

Hugh Boyle is the president and on the board of directors of the GAR Museum and Library. He also currently serves as president of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table and on the Board of Trusties of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League in Philadelphia.

He is a member of the committee of the Neshaminy yearly reenactment.

Hugh is also a faculty member of the Civil War Institute at Manor College, where he teaches courses on the Life and death of Abraham Lincoln as well as other Civil War topics. His lectures focus on Lincoln’s assassination, the Irish in the Civil War, Civil War prisons, the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and other Civil War topics.

Hugh is the former publisher and book review editor of the “Civil War Brigadier” newspaper, and now is a book reviewer for the Lincoln Herald magazine. 

Anthony Waskie, Vice President
Dr. Anthony Waskie, presently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the GAR Museum and Library. He is also the program chairman, who is responsible for organizing programs, presentations and events featuring the museum and its mission of outreach. He volunteers as the chief museum historian and research advisor.

Dr. Waskie was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and pursued a Languages/History major at Bloomsburg University, studying abroad in Austria and Germany. He studied Slavic Linguistics in Prague on a Czech government scholarship, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at New York University. He has experience with the State Department and duty with the U.S. Army as an army linguist. He is a recipient of the Commendation Medal of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.


Dr. Waskie has worked as an assistant professor at Temple University since 1999, teaching German. He also taught at Rider University, N.J. and Holy Family University in Philadelphia, teaching Civil War history in the Civil War Institute.


Dr. Waskie is a Civil War historian, author, and preservationist. He specializes in the life of General George G. Meade whom he portrays in a Living-History performance.  He is a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, Executive Council of the Civil War History Consortium of Philadelphia, and the co-founder and co-director of the ‘Civil War & Emancipation Studies program’ at Temple University. He has been a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker and Scholar since 2006. Dr. Waskie also serves as president of the General Meade Society, a member on the Board of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Vice President of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Civil War Museum & Library, and other history related organizations and institutions.


He is presently researching a book on the ‘Germans of Philadelphia’ for History Press.

Mary Ann Hartner, Secretary


Mary Ann serves as the secretary and a board member for the Gar Museum and Library. She is also a board member of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table and a member of the Bensalem Reenactment committee, where she serves as the registrar for the Neshaminy reenactment.


Mike Peter, Treasurer


Mike serves as the treasurer for the GAR Museum and Library. He has volunteered with the museum for 18 years, and a member of the board since 2007.


He is also involved with the 98th PA Historical Association, the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table, and Baker Fisher Camp Sons of Union Veterans Civil War (SOUV CW) and Anna Ross Camp 1.


Mike serves as the historian for the Sons of American Legion, Post 10 in Fort Washington, and as the Vice President for the General Meade Society.

Board Members:

Walt Lafty

For over 30 years, Walt Lafty has been an amateur genealogist. After discovering three direct ancestors who served in the Civil War, he began studying and participating in Civil War history. With an appreciation for those dedicated to preserving the memory of our ancestors and civil war history, Walt became active in various groups which include: the Baker-Fisher Camp 101 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW); the Delaware Valley (DELVAL) Civil War Roundtable; the G.A.R. Museum and Library; and a past member of the Bucks County Civil War Roundtable.  In addition, Walt is a member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and the Gloucester County (NJ) Historical Society. 

Associate Volunteer Members:

Courtney Lee Malpass, Communications Director

Courtney is an associate member of the GAR Museum and Library and volunteers as Communications Director. Her responsibilities include researching grants and grant writing, external communications with other historical organizations, sites, and organizing fundraisers. She has been a member of the museum since 2011, as well as a member of the Delaware Valley Civil War Round Table. Courtney holds a Bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Classical Culture and Society, a Master's from Arcadia University in English, and a Master's of Fine Arts from Arcadia University in Creative Writing. She is currently working on several manuscripts and short stories about 19th century America, focusing on the American Civil War.

Joseph Perry, Librarian

Joe has a BA in history from LaSalle University and an MLS (Master of Library Science) from Drexel University.  At Drexel Joe’s course work included Rare Book Librarianship and the History of Books and Printing, both taught in the Rare Book Department of the Free Library by legendary Rare Book Librarian Howell “Hal” Heaney.  Appointment to the Head of the Social Science and History Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia capped Joe’s 26 year Librarian career.  Joe is a member of the GAR Museum and Library and the Delaware Valley Civil War Roundtable.  He currently serves on the Board of the General Meade Society.