We're excited to announce two new additions to our Speakers Bureau roster: John Liepa and Michaiel Vogt!!
John Liepa is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at Des Moines Area Community College, as well as a charter member of Iowa’s “Field of Dreams” chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He has done over 160 presentations on baseball history throughout Iowa, often appearing as Montrose, Iowa’s Calvin McVey, Iowa’s first professional baseball player, who played for America’s first all-professional baseball team-the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Among other topics, John's feature presentation for the Speakers Bureau will be "How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, the Players".
Michael Vogt, a native of Gladbrook, Iowa, is presently a curator for the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, Iowa. He has published articles on American and military history in magazines, newspapers, journals, and books including Iowa Heritage Illustrated, The Iowan, the Des Moines Register, Iowa History Journal, and The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa. Michael's presentation topics include Camp Dodge (1917-1918) and Company M, 7th U.S. Infantry Immunes during the Spanish-American War.