Peter Osborne is an independent historian, author, and lecturer who has worked in the public history field for more than thirty-five years. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He was the Executive Director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society in Port Jervis, New York from 1981-2009 and then the Curator of Education and Special Events for the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, New Jersey from 2010-11. From 2011-2018 he was an independent historian and writer.

Osborne has written six books on state parks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Where Washington Once Led: A History of New Jersey’s Washington Crossing State Park, No Spot In This Far Land Is More Immortalized: A History of Pennsylvania’s Washington Crossing Historic Park, We Can Take It! The Roosevelt Tree Army at New Jersey’s High Point State Park 1933-1941, Images of America: High Point State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps, Images of America: Hacklebarney & Voorhees State Parks, New Jersey, and Images of America: Promised Land State Park. His most recent books are entitled The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania 1965-2015, The Five Mile Woods Preserve: A History and Images of the Five Mile Woods Preserve.

Osborne owns the Wild Horse Creek Company and the mission of his company is to provide exciting journeys of discovery into our nation’s history through presentations, lectures, demonstrations, motor coach tours, and publications. The company has been providing programs to civic, historical, fraternal, school and religious groups for more than thirty years. (His favorite books are listed under the page called Maddy’s List.) In addition to the bookstore, he is currently the part-time director of the Robert Henri Museum and Gallery in Cozad, Nebraska

Robert Beardslee was born and raised in Red Cloud and continues to live here serving as the community’s goodwill ambassador. He served his country in the military and was stationed in Japan. At one time he owned a number of buildings downtown including the present-day laundromat which he started, and the former location of Lizzy’s Boutique Store. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce and it was during his leadership that many of the community’s many assets were created that are still used and enjoyed by many.

A man of many talents, he is a gifted writer and author of hundreds of columns about life in Red Cloud, an excellent harmonica player, and a talented artist.  We call him The Chairman of the Board at the Moonstone Bookstore, an honor that was also bestowed upon Frank Sinatra because of his important role in the development of the Moonstone.

Bob is also the creator of the famed Beardslee Kolache and our motto is a Beardslee Kolache on every dessert table in Webster County. (His favorite books are listed under the page called Maddy’s List.)