19th Century Workshop Presenters

Thomas Salmon – Farmer Tom is a certified music teacher who has chosen to use his many talents outside of the public school system. In addition to working part-time at Quiet Valley as a Farmer/Educator, he also does a music program for preschoolers, sings in a barbershop quartet and works as an Organist/Choir Director. He also teaches his 12-year old daughter, Teri, a homeschooler.

Cheryl Statham
– Cheryl Statham has been the Director of Education and Programming at Quiet Valley since 2008. She has canned her own food for more than 20 years, which is also about how long she has made corn husk dolls and been a wheat weaver. She started making candles when she came on staff at the farm. She is also a retired homeschool mom, and looks back on those years fondly.

Pamela Tabery
– Pamela is a retire college professor from Northampton Community College where she taught biology and microbiology courses for over 38 years. She has been a Quiet Valley Board member and volunteer for over 37 years.

Janet F. Mishkin
– Janet was the former Executive Director of the Monroe County Historical Association. She is currently the director and curator for Quiet Valley and has held a variety of positions for the farm over the past 30 years. She is also Adjunct Professor of History at East Stroudsburg University teaching Public History, and American and World History survey courses for the past 15 years. Other former professional positions include Adjunct Professor of History at Northampton Community College and Director of Camping Ministry for Lehigh Presbytery.

Jennifer Keim
– Jennifer Keim has been on staff at Quiet Valley for four years as part of the farmer staff. Her responsibility include animal care, as well as being an interpretive tour guide in our 1850 barn. She was born and raised on a local dairy farm, and she spent her youth taking care of the farm animals, as well as taking the time to explore the woods, go camping, ride horses and checking out the natural world. She is passionate about nature and the environment, and is even fascinated with owl pellets!

Milton Mosier – Milton Mosier has been on staff as the Farm Manager of Quiet Valley since 2009. He was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in East Stroudsburg. He raised and milked cows while living on the farm, as well as growing all of the food they needed. In addition to running the farm, he also managed the family store. Milton is a fisherman, hunter and knowledgeable in sustainable forestry.

Meg Weinhofer
– Meg received a degree in art education from Kutztown College, and taught in Catasauqua and Northampton school districts. Her passion has always been watercolors and many other crafts. She is now learning hornwork and leather crafting, especially hunting bags, in order to preserve some of our past heritage.

Sue Oiler
– Sue received a B.S. in Home Economics Education from Penn State University and was a Home Economics teacher for several years. She was the co=founder and manager of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm for 40 years. She has been a spinner and weaver for more than 40 years and has taught many other people throughout the years. She is a member of the Frances Irwin Handweavers Guild and attended the Coverlet College of 2014 at the National Coverlet Museum.

Gary Oiler
– Gary received a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Penn State University and was an Agriculture and Horticulture teacher at Bangor Area School District for 34 years. In addition, he was the farm manager of Quiet Valley for 40 years. He has taken many classes since his retirement in areas such as blacksmithing, woodworking, wood carving, animal husbandry and apple grafting. He also teaches workshops on gardening, wreath making, and plant propagation.

Donna Conto – Donna is the mother of two grown boys and three grandchildren. She lives in Saylorsburg and volunteers for the Blue Ridge Fire Company, her church and Quiet Valley. She has been quilting since 1989, when she took her first class and got hooked. She has made more than 30 quilts and wall hangings along with other projects. Applique is her favorite style of quilting. Donna also likes to knit, read and bake.

Deb Heilakka – Deb has been a tour guide at Quiet Valley for 13 years, and the cellar kitchen is one of her favorite places to be. She has years of experience cooking over the fire. She is the mother of two grown daughters and extra mom for many young visitors to her house. She likes to spin, sew, play piano and rebuild engines with her husband.

Ceal Yost – Cecilia, aka Ceal became a resident of Stroudsburg after attending ESU. She recently retired after 35 years as athletic trainer and teacher at Stroudsburg High School and has been a Quiet Valley member since the mid-1980’s. As a member of Quiet Valley she demonstrates sea weaving and oak split basketmaking and served on the Board of Directors in the 1990’s. Currently she volunteers with the Quiet Valley Friends group on numerous fund raising activities. Additional interests include playing tennis, gardening and travel.