Gary Gregory, Founder and Tour Guide
Gary Gregory is founder of Lessons on Liberty Inc. a Non-Profit heritage education and tourism company specializing in educational programs, walking tours of Boston’s Freedom Trail, and school programs on Boston’s pre Revolutionary War era 1760-1776. Additionally, Gary has created Boston’s only Living History Exhibit “The Printing Office of Edes & Gill” a working colonial printing shop complete with wooden printing presses located at the Clough House on the Old North Church Campus.
Gary has led tours for eight years along the Freedom Trail and has delighted thousands of adults and school children with his passion for Revolutionary history and its accurate telling. He also volunteers his time to bringing living history to the streets of Boston. He has produced the annual reenactments the Boston Tea Party for the Old South Meeting House, Led the annual Fourth of July Town Meeting at Old South, and is currently serving on the committee that produces the annual Boston Massacre reenactment. He has performed printing demonstrations for the Old State House, The Paul Revere House, and the National Park Service as well as received training and guidance on colonial printing from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and Independence National Park at Philadelphia. He is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA.
Michael Szkolka, Tour Guide
Michael Szkolka has taught US and European History at the high school level for almost twenty years and at the college level for more than a dozen. He is exceptionally well traveled and versed on European history and has toured Europe several times as a guide for college students. His experience is matched by his enthusiasm evidenced in his tours. 2014 represents his ninth year of giving tours along the Freedom Trail. What sets him apart from others is that his tour focus is from an academic perspective rather than simply for entertainment value.
Michael is a Captain of the Revolutionary War reenactment group First Foot Guards, British Redcoat regiment and a member of the Boston Athenaeum. Michael received his BA/MA from University of Massachusetts, Boston in American History and is a Veteran of the US Army.
Bob Miller, Tour Guide
Bob Miller obtained his BA in American History from North Carolina State University in Raleigh N.C. During his studies at NCSU he wrote on a variety of topics including American architectural history and early native history. While attending NCSU Bob taught decorative arts in the NCSU College of Design. After completing his degree at NCSU Bob moved north to Boston to further his studies at Boston’s North Bennet Street School, the last surviving traditional trade school left in the country, where he studied eighteenth century American furniture making, both studying style and design from the eighteenth century as well as making reproduction period furniture.
In addition to guiding tours and teaching history along the freedom trail, Bob also is working as a furniture maker in Boston, creating custom and one of a kind works. He also teaches history and decorative arts at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Tom Dietzel, Tour Guide
Tom is an experienced tour guide on Boston, giving tours along the Freedom Trail for the past five years. He has been a living historian for six years reenacting the revolutionary period with the 13th Continental Regiment, serving as the company’s ensign. Tom has participated in the annual reenactments of the Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre as well as Battle Road. He has volunteered for Minuteman National Historical Park and even serves as an active member of the End Zone Militia for the New England Patriots.
Tom is currently finishing his degree in general history from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts and he plans on continuing his post-graduate education concentrating in Colonial American History. Always focusing on sharing education and information, Tom’s tours are based on the questions and interests of his groups and each tour is seen as a historical conversation rather than a lecture. When not giving tours or reenacting battles, Tom is a firearms instructor at the American Firearms School, as well as a musician in several bands around Boston.
Michele Chayka, Tour Guide
Michele Chayka is an 8th grade US History I teacher who frequently uses Living History techniques in the classroom in order to bring the subject material alive. She chooses to focus on the authenticity and multiple perspectives of the presentation of history to give her students the most accurate portrayal as possible.
Michele attended Stonehill College and received her BA in History and Multidisciplinary Studies with a focus on European History and specializing in Secondary Education. She is currently pursuing an MA in History Education, and has lived and traveled extensively overseas, attending Oxford University and the Polytechnic University of St. Petersburg where she studied history under some of the field’s top historians. Michele is also a member of the 2nd Massachusetts, an American Revolutionary War reenactment group, dedicated to the preservation of our nation’s historic memory.