Fort Roberdeau

Staff Members

Permanent Staff

Glenn Nelson

Director of Fort Roberdeau

Glenn has been the Director of Fort Roberdeau since May of 2013. You will often see him during community events, and representing us throughout Blair County.


Glenn has been enjoying his time as director while leading us through some big changes. School tours with Glenn are always a lot of fun. He has some special traditions he started with the students at the flag ceremony.


Glenn's role is to provide leadership, administration and representation of the fort at the fort and in a variety of community settings.

Rick Kalos

Gift Shop Manager

Rick is one of the faces you are likely to see during a visit to the fort. He is often in the gift shop or at the fort giving tours. When kids come for school tours he often explains the economy of the period, and prepares them for their visit in the gift shop.

Rick's role iat the fort is the management of the Acorn Shop. He selects and purchases the merchandise. He does our inventory control and helps balance the books, both literally and figuratively. He is also responsible for giving fort tours and historic interpretation.

Ray French

Grounds and Maintenance

Ray can generally be found back in his office, the new maintenance shed near the farm house.  Ray is responsible for grounds and building maintenance.


Although those are his official duties, those who work with him all know that he is the one to see when you are  on break. He is a wonderful storyteller, and lifts the mood no matter where he is..


Sharon Hostler

Historic Site Assistant

Sharon is one of the faces you are likely to see during a visit to the fort. She helps with gift shop operations. She helps Rick stock the Acorn shop. During School tours she is in charge of the volunteer lunches. She is always friendly, organized and helpful.


If you are looking for a book we have in stock there is a good chance she has read it and can share insights about it, and similar books we may have.


Sharon  not only assists in the Gift Shop operations  but is also responsible for giving fort tours and does historic interpretation.



Cat Schirf

Historic Site Assistant

Cat works on internet administration, as the fort's webmaster, and helps with on site tech support. She designs a lot of the print advertising for the fort as well.


Cat is a reenactor, not just at the fort, but off site as well. She loves 18th century textiles and happily shares information about the 18th century with anyone who asks.


She is does historic interpretation during events. You may also have her as a tour guide during your visit. Although most of her work is in the office, it is not uncommon for her to come out for a tour.

Karen Morrow

Historic Site Assistant

Karen is the newest member of the team.  She is does research and historic interpretation for the site. Her strong administration skills help keep the fort moving forward. She may be your tour guide during a tour of our site.


This is her first year with our school tours. However, history is far from new to her. She is locally known for her knowledge of Sinking Valley History.


Her smile and proactive approach to things is a great asset to any team.

Connor Shields

Summer Tour Guide

Hello! My name is Connor Shields. I’m currently attending Edinboro University as an English major but I’m probably going to switch to something else, I’m not sure what yet. I really enjoy writing and have a somewhat natural talent for it; to a point where I volunteer for my university’s writing center.


There are a few reasons I choose to work at the fort. The main reason is because of my previous employment at the fort. Since I worked at the the last 2 summers, I knew all the rules and guidelines as well as being fluent in the history of the fort and the tours which I give. Another reason is I grew up around the fort; in fact my mom used to volunteer at the fort and would often include me in her programs as a kid. A job at the fort also offered a short distance from work to home (I live two miles down the road.)


It’s hard to say I have a favorite moment at the fort; it’s more accurate to say I have several favorite moments. One of them occurred my first year at the fort when I was asked to portray a British ranger. I was given a Brown Bess musket loaded with blanks and told to shoot at a continental soldier. The soldier and I have a “skirmish” where we shot blanks at each other to the delight of the children watching. Another favorite moment happened last year when I was assigned to march kids around and teach them about life as a ranger