Dr. Jason Duncan, a native of New York State, is assistant professor of history at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After earning an M.A. in Russian Studies from Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa, Dr. Duncan took his talents to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988 where he worked as a staffer for Rep. Tom Sawyer (D-OH) through 1991. In 2000, he served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention that nominated Al Gore. Dr. Duncan’s book, Citizens or Papists: The Politics of Anti-Catholicism in New York, 1685-1821, was published by Fordham University Press last year. Professor Duncan taught an emeritus class on Theodore Roosevelt at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum earlier this year.
Dr. John Pinheiro, assistant professor of history at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. While assistant editor of the Presidential Series of the Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia, he co-edited volume 12 of that series. Dr. Pinheiro and his co-editor presented the volume to President Bush in an Oval Office ceremony in April 2005, only the third time since 1950 that a president has thus honored an individual documentary volume.
Dr. Pinheiro has published articles in several journals, written for the History News Service and appeared on NPR and C-SPAN. He currently is writing a book on civil-military relations during the Mexican War.
Dr. James Donald Bratt is professor of history at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a leading scholar on Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper. Dr. Bratt directs the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and co-edits Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought. An alumnus of Calvin College, Dr. Bratt received his Ph.D. from Yale University after writing his dissertation entitled, Dutch Calvinism in Modern America. Dr. Bratt is author or editor of several books, including Antirevivalism in Antebellum America: A Collection of Religious Voices (2006); Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader (1998); and Gathered at the River: Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Its People of Faith (1993).
Gleaves Whitney became director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University in 2003. During his tenure he has been the architect of more than 20 programs, including two national conferences covered by C-SPAN and one webcast live to more than 3,500 viewers in 18 countries. He has overseen tremendous growth of the Hauenstein Center’s website, premiered a popular web column called Ask Gleaves, and created a leadership academy for students and young professionals committed to public service.
In addition to his public work, Whitney is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on a variety of historical topics. He is author or editor of 11 books including American Presidents: Farewell Addresses to the Nation, 1796-2001; John Engler: The Man, the leader & the Legacy; and 6 volumes of Messages of the Governors of Michigan. With Mark Rozell, he is currently editing two books based on the Hauenstein Center’s “Religion and the Presidency” conference (October, 2004). Another book, a collection of the wartime speeches of American presidents, is forthcoming.
Hank Meijer is co-chairman and CEO of Meijer, Inc., in Grand Rapids, which currently operates 170 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. He joined the family retail business at the age of eleven as a bagger. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Meijer is a trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, vice president of the Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities, and a board member of Fifth Third Bank, the Kettering Foundation, and the Food Marketing Institute.
He is author of Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrick Meijer, and a forthcoming book about former U.S. Senator Arthur Vandenberg, an architect of U.S. foreign policy after World War II. He has also published two journal articles and an encyclopedia entry on Vandenberg — a Grand Rapids native whose hero was Alexander Hamilton.
Based on the original exhibition at the New York Historical Society and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Spring Lake District Library will host a panel exhibition that is touring sites across the country. Like the original exhibit, it will acquaint visitors with a statesman and visionary whose life inspired discussion and controversy and shaped the America we live in two hundred years after his death.
To visit the exhibit website, click here.