BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Peter Osborne, the president of the Wild Horse Creek Company is an independent historian, writer 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. Osborne’s interests include regional history, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Osborne has been published widely over the last two decades. Osborne was the executive director of the Minisink Valley Historical Society in Port Jervis, New York, from 1981-2009 as well as the Port Jervis City Historian from 1983-2003. During his directorship at the Society, he was responsible for the Society’s Fort Decker Museum of History and the interpretation of its long and eventful history which included the fort’s destruction during Joseph Brant’s raid into the Minisink region in 1779. Osborne served as the Curator of Education and Special Events at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, New Jersey from 2010-11. Since then he has worked as a free-lance writer and independent historian. His last four books were written on a commission basis. He has just finished a two-volume book on the Five Mile Woods Preserve in Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania. He continues to seek new commissions and potential clients are free to contact him directly. During his long career, he has served on the board of directors of the Depot Preservation Society, Port Jervis Centennial Committee, Orange County Historical Society, the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the Delaware and Hudson Transportation Heritage Council, the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway and the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Sussex County, New Jersey.
Photo Courtesy: Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Sussex County Peter Osborne conducting an eighteenth century cooking demonstration at the Fort Decker Museum of History
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WRITINGS Russel Farnum Lord: His Life, His Times, His Letters, senior honors project, unpublished manuscript, Rutgers - The State University, Newark, New Jersey, 1982 The Old Decker Stone House, a history of the Minisink Valley Historical Society's 1793 stone house museum, June 1982 Russel Farnum Lord: Chief Engineer of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, Orange County Historical Society Journal, 1983 The Correspondence Between Russel F. Lord of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company and John A. Roebling, John A. Roebling Symposium, Center for Canal History and Technology Symposium, 1983 John Roebling's Years with the Delaware and Hudson Canal, Center for Canal History and Technology Symposium, 1984 The Port Jervis Erie Depot, Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission Pamphlet, 1984 Elk Lodge: The Home of Chester Chapin, project for private corporation, 1986 Introduction to Reminiscences of the Delaware Valley by John W. Johnston. 1987. Winner of the 1988 Upper Delaware Heritage Alliance Award for History The Port Jervis Erie Depot Restoration, Locomotive and Railway Preservation, November 1988 The Historic Markers of the City of Port Jervis and the Town of Deerpark, New York. Sought funding, designed and coordinated the republication of this 1950 inventory of historic markers and served as the project's editor. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1989, Updated 2002 A Salute to Samuel B. Farnum - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of this short history of Farnum and his home. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1989 The Minisink Valley Historical Society: The First One Hundred Years, Orange County Historical Society Journal, 1989 The Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission Salutes the Port Jervis Trolley System - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of this short history of the city's street railway system. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1990 The Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission Salutes the Gilded Age - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of this short history of the most significant era in city's history. City of Port Jervis, New York, 1991 The New York-New Jersey Boundary Dispute: While New Jersey Dozed, New York Was Wide Awake - Prepared a comprehensive history of the boundary line dispute. Delivered at the New York State Land Surveyors Annual Meeting, January 1992 The Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission Remembers The New York-New Jersey Border War - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of a short history of the boundary line dispute. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1992 The Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission Salutes The Old Decker Stone House - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of a short history of the Minisink Valley Historical Society's museum. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1993 The Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission Salutes John Newton Howitt - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of a history of John Newton Howitt, a local artist whose work was known nationally. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1994 Graveyard Art And Its History - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of a history of local graveyard art. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1995 The Chartering of the City of Port Jervis: 1907-1997 - Wrote, designed and coordinated with the Port Jervis Area Heritage Commission the publication of the chartering of the city in 1907. City of Port Jervis, New York, July 1997 The Laurel Grove Cemetery Records, Port Jervis, New York - Sought funding, designed and coordinated the publication of this inventory of burials for this historic cemetery in the City of Port Jervis including the writing of the introduction. New York, 1999 We Can Take It: The Roosevelt Tree Army at High Point State Park 1933-1941: Interviews With Former Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollees, Camp Kuser, Companies 216 & 1280, Vol. 1. rev., Served as editor and coordinator of project, 2000. We Can Take It: The Roosevelt Tree Army at High Point State Park 1933-1941: Interviews With Former Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollees, Camp Kuser, Companies 216 & 1280. Vol. 2. rev. ed. 2000. Images of America: Port Jervis, New York - Wrote introduction for and assisted with editing of this photographic history of Port Jervis, New York, 2001 Blood and Mayhem on The Delaware: Historical Geography of Brant's Minisink Raid and the Battle of Minisink - July 1779, Delivered at the 66th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Co-authored with Jon Inners. 2001 Images of America: The Delaware and Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad - Wrote introduction for and assisted with editing of this photographic history of the D & H Canal, New York, 2002 Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Dedication Program Book - Designed, coordinated and served as chairman of the committee that created a booklet of history of the byway and the Upper Delaware Valley's history, September 2002 When Bluestone Was King - Prepared general history of the bluestone industry. Delivered at the 67th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2002, Co-authored with Jon Inners. The Records of the Sparrowbush Pine Hill Cemetery 1853-2003, Sparrowbushs, New York, Designed and coordinated the efforts of a team of volunteers for the publication of this inventory of burials for this historic cemetery in Sparrowbush, New York including the writing of the introduction. 2003 Port Jervis: Then and Now - Wrote introduction for and assisted with editing of this photographic history of the Port Jervis, New York, 2006 Easton Cemetery Records 1849-2015 - Compiled information and designed publication of this first inventory of burials in the Easton Cemetery, Easton, Pennsylvania. 2016 BOOKS We Can Take It! The Roosevelt Tree Army at New Jersey's High Point State Park 1933-1941, 1st Books Library, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002 Images of America: High Point State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps, Arcadia Publishing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2002 Put The Dog On The Phone! The Collected Newspaper Columns of Janis Osborne, compiled and designed book, published by author, 2003 Images of America: Hacklebarney & Voorhees State Parks, New Jersey, Arcadia Publishing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2004 Images of America: Promised Land State Park, Arcadia Publishing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 2006 The Delaware River Heritage Trail Guide, Minisink Press, Port Jervis, New York, 2006 Hail Matamoras: Matamoras, Pennsylvania 1905-2005, Compiled and designed book, Minisink Press, Port Jervis, New York, 2007 Vigilance & Perseverance: The History of the Old Decker Stone House, Wrote, compiled and designed book, Minisink Press, Port Jervis, New York, 2007 Our Town: Historic Port Jervis 1907-2007, compiled and designed book and co-authored with Daniel Dwyer, Minisink Press, Port Jervis, New York 2007 For Always, Memories of Janis, compiled, wrote and designed memoir of Janis Osborne, 2008 Lewis and Clark and Me, compiled, wrote and designed book about a sabbatical in which I traveled the route of famed American explorers Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, 2009 (Digital book) So Many Brave Men: A History of the Battle at Minisink Ford, Pienpack Press, Easton, PA, 2011 Tour Guide Manual For The Red Mill Museum Village, Compiled and designed book, Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, New Jersey, 2011 A Place on The River: A Collection, poetry collection, Pienpack Press, Easton, Pennsylvania, 2011 Where Washington Once Led: A History of New Jersey's Washington Crossing State Park, Yardley Press, Yardley, Pennsylvania 2013 No Spot In This Far Land Is More Immortalized: A History of Pennsylvania's Washington Crossing Historic Park, Yardley Press, Yardley, Pennsylvania, 2014 The Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Sussex County, New Jersey: From A Ku Klux Klan Klavern To A Farmer’s Grange Hall To A Sanctuary For A Liberal Faith Tradition, UU Fellowship of Sussex County, Newton, New Jersey, 2014 To Know Who We Are and Where We Came From: The Genealogy of Peter Osborne including the Thompson, Steck, Adams and Osborne families, 2015 The Trains of Our Memory: A History of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania 1965-2015, Yardley Press, Yardley, Pennsylvania, 2016 Easton Cemetery Records 1849-2015, compiled digital collection The Five Mile Woods Preserve: A History, Heritage Conservancy, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2017 Images of the Five Mile Woods Preserve, Heritage Conservancy, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2017