James Dohren is a long-retired public school history and government teacher. He grew up in Aurora, Illinois, and taught 33 years in Downers Grove, IL. He and his wife of 52 years split their year between an independent living facility in Lancaster, PA, and their winter home in a retirement community in Central Florida. James and his wife, Susan, have two daughters. Jen is an IT leader working for the Disney corporation in Orlando. Sarah is a vet tech in Lancaster.
James has a long-time affinity and experience with Old Time Radio. Once a month during the winter he prepares and presents an OTR program for friends featuring shows and background information. He is a successful freelance writer specializing in memoir pieces for nostalgia magazines. He has one previously published book, Letters From A Shoebox published by Sunbury Press. It is based on a collection of Civil War battlefield and home front letters with commentary.
James enjoys volunteering. After his retirement, while still living in Illinois he was a generalist interpreter at a working history farm. He took central roles in Independence Day and Decoration Day programs as well as weekly activities. He also worked on a crew that fought invasive plants on a wetland prairie. In PA he volunteers at the acclaimed Landis Valley Museum and Farm where again he is an interpreter of the country store and the Landis Brothers House. James enjoys trivia games and is really good at Jeopardy.