My name is Bob Pollock. I was born (1955) and raised in Southern California, lived in Washington state (1975-1990), returned to California, lived on the Central Coast (1990-2003), moved to Branson, Missouri (2003-2008), spent the summer in Vancouver, Washington, then to St. Louis, where I have resided since October, 2008. I served in the United States Marine Corps (1974-1978) at Twenty-Nine Palms, California and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Washington (1982) and a Master of Arts in History from Missouri State University (2008). I am a member of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta. My Master’s paper, The Battle of Wilson’s Creek in History and Memory, was awarded “Best Graduate Essay” in 2008 by the History Department at Missouri State.
I now work as a Park Guide for the National Park Service at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. I have been involved in public history for many years. I drove charter/tour buses all over the west out of San Luis Obispo, California for several years. I was Operations Manager for a company that provided narrated tours for Amtrak passengers from San Luis Obispo to Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (popularly known as Hearst Castle). In 2006, I got my first seasonal position with NPS at Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Briefly in 2007 I worked at the Titanic Museum in Branson before getting a student position at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Summer of ’08 I had a seasonal position at Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site. (The photo here was taken at a special event at San Juan Island National Historical Park that summer.)
I started this blog as an outlet for my writing and research. I write about American history, primarily 19th century/Civil War and Reconstruction, but the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era also. Of course, Ulysses S. Grant is a frequent subject. The history of the places I have lived and worked hold special interest for me, therefore you will find frequent posts on Missouri history. I also post about my own 19th century ancestors who were from Michigan and Indiana, and anything else that might interest me.
Please feel free to browse the archives and leave comments on any posts. If, however, I do not feel your comments are appropriate I will not approve them. This is my blog. And, again, the views expressed here are mine, and do not reflect the views of the National Park Service, or anyone else unless duly noted.