Title: Consultant Editor
Company: 1) Journal of Archaeoastronomy 2) Sea Power Magazine
Location: Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States
Joseph J. Snyder, Consultant Editor at the Journal of Archaeoastronomy and Sea Power Magazine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing.
Inspired by his sister, a history writer, Mr. Snyder has led a long career as a writer and journalist. He published his first piece in 1973, and has been hooked ever since. Over the years, he has served as an editor and writer for the U.S. National Park Service, a consultant editor for Early Man Magazine, a special project editor for Sea Power Magazine, and an associate editor for Athena Review. His current endeavors include consultant editor for both the Journal of Archaeoastronomy and Sea Power Magazine, and he has also contributed as a freelance writer to other publications. Most recently, Mr. Snyder authored “Maigret Times Three.” Other notable publications include “Maigret in West Virginia,” “Baltimore & Ohio: The Passenger Trains and Services of America’s First Common-Carrier Railroad, 1827-1971,” “Miniatures of American History,” “1859: Turning Point of the Modern Era,” “Fragments of My Fleece,” “The Phaistos Disc, A Commentary,” and “Musings from a New Manse.”
Outside of writing, Mr. Snyder has been very involved with his community. He was elected president of the James Rumsey Torch Club twice, as well as of the Frederick-Hagerstown Council of the Navy League of the U.S. and the Tourism Foundation, Inc. He also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society, the secretary of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the board director of the Agricultural R&D Organization, the founder and editor of the Hakluyt Society’s American Committee to Advance Study of Petroglyphs and Pictographs, the president and chairman the board of directors of the Pacific High Speed Railway, Inc., and a lecturer for Maya Archaeology Norwegian-Caribbean Lines. Further, Mr. Snyder set up a nonprofit corporation to preserve and restore the century-old train station in Shepherdstown, W.V. He succeeded in preventing the demolition of the structure and getting funding to restore the building. There was a lot more work involved than he had originally anticipated, but the fact that it benefitted the community made it all worth it. The building is currently in use as a community gathering center.
Mr. Snyder enhanced his knowledge by earning a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from George Washington University in 1968 and a Master of Arts in anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1973. Between 1969 and 1971, he served as an army intelligence officer in the infantry of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. His efforts earned him a decorated bronze star and an army commendation with oak leaf clusters.
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