Mark Mello holds a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State University and an M.A. in US History from Providence College. Mark is a life-long historian, with a special love of the American Civil War. He currently works for the National Park Service at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park as a Park Ranger and a Public Historian. He has taught classes at the Second Half Life-Long Learning Center in Fall River, and several other Life-Long Learning programs. He is a Civil War Reenactor and has lectured on topics related to the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Antebellum Period to numerous groups including Civil War Round Tables, historical associations, public libraries, and schools.