Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women Behind These Walls is an effort to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The project, started in 2013, is a free, self-guided tour that winds through downtown Gettysburg to tell these amazing stories.
Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.