Jim Silvia

Certified 2014


Jim Silvia lives in Massachusetts and began his history resume as a member of the Cape Cod Civil War Round Table. He was a member between 1996 and 2005, and was the president for 8 of those 10 years. He was instrumental in continuing to support a high school scholarship program based on Civil War knowledge. He was also a member of the APCWS, which was a forerunner of the CWPT. As a member he attended multiple preservation conferences.

Over the course of the years, Jim has visited many Civil War battlefields, covering most of the major sites East of the Mississippi. Most recently he has been devoting his time to discovering the Revolutionary War historic sites in New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia. He and his wife started visiting Harpers Ferry in 1992. They both joined the Board of the Harpers Ferry Historical Association in 1998. Jim became President of the Association in 2001, and was President for 13 years. He continues to serve on the board for Harpers Ferry Park Association.

Jim & Suzanne purchased an 1842 former armory worker’s house as a vacation home in Bolivar, and plan to retire here. Until then, they make 8 to 10 trips a year to Harpers Ferry. Jim spends most of his spare time roaming the historic areas, and reading all he can about the town and local events.