Retired educators Barbara and Wes Gottlock began their writing careers when they became fascinated with Hudson Valley historic sites, particularly Bannerman Island.  They collaborated with Thom Johnson to write Bannerman CastleSubsequent books have been New York's Palisades Interstate Park, Lost Towns of the Hudson Valley, Lost Amusement Parks of the Hudson Valley, and Lost Amusement Parks of New York City.

Their most recent release (9/1/16) is
My Name is Eleanor:  A Bannerman Island AdventureEleanor Seeland grew up on Bannerman Island in the 1930s into the 1940s.  She recently shared her hand-written memoirs with the Bannerman Castle Trust.  The authors wove many of her  funny, and somtimes dangerous adventures on the island into a modern day children's treasure hunt. Geared for children aged 8-12 this book has a "cross-over" effect for adults.  They too can enjoy the true life tales and a sense of the island's history. The book is beautifully illustrated by talented local artist Tatiana Rhinevault.

Wes and Barbara have lectured extensively throughout the New York City metropolitan area in recent years. They are still active volunteers with Bannerman Island.  Wes is an island docent and coordinates all the public tours that come to the island.  Barbara is on the Bannerman Castle Trust board of directors and coordinates the island's volunteers. They both participate in river clean-up projects and fundraisers benefitting various Hudson River causes.  They also find enough time to spend with their two children and seven grandchildren.  Wes and Barbara reside in New Windsor overlooking the majestic Hudson.

Barbara and Wes are available for a limited number of speaking engagments.  Please see contact information on the "Ordering" button above.  Thank you for stopping by.