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April 16, 2006|By LIZ F. KAY

Robert E. Reyes

Occupation

Management analyst and archivist of original postal art and artifacts for the U.S. Postal Service's stamp services department in Washington, president of Friends of the North Point Battlefield Inc., board member and officer of the Friends of the President Street Station and numerous other historic organizations.

In the news

State officials announced plans last week to purchase the last remaining 9 acres of the North Point battlefield in southeastern Baltimore County, a key site in the War of 1812 that Friends of the North Point Battlefield has been working for a decade to preserve.

Career highlights

With the President Street Station group, Reyes helped found the Baltimore Civil War Museum. He also performed research for the Star-Spangled Banner Trail and the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.

Personal

Reyes, 49, grew up in Lansdowne and graduated from Lansdowne High School. He lives in the Riviera Beach community of Pasadena with his wife, Susan. His 26-year-old son, Robert Joshua, is a National Park Service historian at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the former home of Theodore Roosevelt on Long Island, N.Y. He is also a singer and percussionist in the Reyes Brothers Band with his brothers, Tom, Joe and Phil.

Philosophy

"I've always had a passion for history. ... I'm a student of history. I'm always trying to sponge up new information. I'm looking to communicate that information. I think sharing information is important - what good is it to learn it and keep it?"

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