Media: Experts


MAC can connect you to experts who will provide lively, interesting and informed quotes and interviews on a variety of topics. These include:


Victorian History

Victorian Architecture

Historic Preservation

Heritage Tourism

Victorian Decorative Arts

LIghthouse History

World War II Coastal Defenses


Please contact Susan Krysiak, Communications Coordinator, at 609-884-5404 ext. 1-153 or at

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Michael Zuckerman, Ph.D.
Cultural/Heritage Tourism

Non-Profit Management


With a Ph.D. in History from Brown University, Michael Zuckerman has served since December 1982 as Director of Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). During that time period, he has helped MAC grow into one of New Jersey’s leading cultural and heritage tourism organizations, with significant increases in membership (from 500 to nearly 4,000), operational budget (from $189,000 to some $3.2 million), staff (from 2 full time/20 part time to 25 full time/125 part time), and audience served (from uncounted to over 262,000). He has also been active with a number of statewide cultural organizations, currently serving as a Member of the New Jersey Historical Commission, Treasurer of Art Pride New Jersey, 1st Vice President of the Advocates for New Jersey History and Executive Committee Member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.

Elan Zingman-Leith

Victorian Architecture & Decorative Arts

Elan Zingman-Leith has a background in history, historic preservation and innkeeping. He has served as Deputy Director of Preservation of the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission, chairman of both the Cape May and West Cape May Historic Preservation Commissions, and has worked for the National Register of Historic Places. He has been a bed and breakfast innkeeper in Cape May for over 20 years.

Robert E. Heinly, Ed.D., MAC Museum Education Director

Victorian Social & Political History

World War II History

Cape May History

Robert E. Heinly holds an Ed.D. and M.A. in American History from Temple University and an M.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate B.S. in Ed. in Social Studies Education from West Chester University. He earned a Social Studies Supervisors Certificate from Pennsylvania.

Heinly is Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)’s Museum Education Outreach Program. He is a living history interpreter and portrays Dr. Emlen Physick, II, possessor of the Physick Estate. He also writes for Cape May's local newspaper, the Cape May Star and Wave, and does occasional consulting work in education and American history.


He is retired from a 33-year career as a Social Studies Teacher and K-12 Supervisor in Rose Tree – Media School District in suburban Philadelphia. He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies and of the Pennsylvania Social Studies Supervisors Association. He has worked as a textbook consultant and written for professional journals as well as serving on a variety of state and national professional committees. He has been a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), helping to create the state PDE Goals for Quality Education and assessment instruments for them. He has taught classes in both education and American History at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle University, Widener University and Villanova University.

Richard Chiemingo

Lighthouse History

Musical History (American)


Rich Chimiengo is a museum educator as well as a lighthouse keeper at the Cape May Lighthouse and an observer at the World War II Lookout Tower for the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) . As a living history interpreter, he shares his perspective on American composer and band leader John Philip Sousa. Prior to retiring to the Cape May area, Rich had a career in the music industry, including a stint as a military bandsman, and in the bands of Guy Lombardo, Mel Torme and Frank Sinatra.

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