Joshua LeHuray

Joshua LeHurayJoshua LeHuray is the author of Virginians Will Dance or Die! The Importance of Music in Pre-Revolutionary Williamsburg, as well as an adjunct history instructor at Rappahannock Community College and an educator at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. In addition to having presented numerous history lectures in Virginia, he will also be appearing this spring in the documentary How the Welsh Changed the World: The Tale of Two Tredegars about the Tredegar Ironworks of Richmond and its sister site in Wales.  


Chris Semtner

The curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Chris Semtner has written several books on Edgar Allan Poe and appeared on BBC 4’s Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women and the Military Channel’s History: Facts vs. Fiction. The New York Times called his Library of Virginia exhibit, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, “provocative” and “a playful, robust exhibit.” Semtner’s paintings have entered numerous public collections including the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Maryland. He has exhibited paintings at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, London; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.


Nathan Vernon Madison

Nathan Vernon MadisonNathan Vernon Madison is an Eisner Award-nominated historian and author based in Richmond, VA. His first book, Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960 (McFarland, 2013), was nominated in 2014 for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for best scholarly work about comics; the following year Comics Through Time – A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2014), a four-volume encyclopedia for which Madison wrote several articles concerning anime, science fiction, the career of Stan Lee, and more, was nominated for best book about comics. In addition to writing about popular culture history, Madison also works in industrial and local history, serving as an historical consultant to several Richmond museums, and writing, in 2015, his first book of industrial history, Tredegar Iron Works – Richmond’s Foundry on the James (History Press, 2015). He has spoken on both popular culture and industrial history in lectures, and with media venues such as the BBC, C-Span, and in several documentaries.