Timothy C. Neumann
Timothy C. Neumann was born in Fresno, California in 1950. In 1960 his parents joined Wycliffe Bible Translators, a missionary organization focused on Bible translation for indigenous people throughout the world. Although hoping to go to Papua New Guinea after completing their training at the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and jungle survival skills in remote southern regions of Chiapas Mexico, his parents were assigned support work at a base for bush pilot training in Waxhaw, North Carolina (homeland of the Waxhaw Indians). During public high school in North Carolina, Tim attended Governor's School, a summer enrichment program on the campus of Salem College. Summer of 1968 in the center of the restored Old Salem Village, a mid-18th century Moravian settlement that grew into Winston-Salem peeked his interest in history with the village's brick sidewalks, costumed interpreters, cooper copula and early organ of the Moravian Home Church--and of course the Moravian ginger cookies. An interest in theater was also peeked when he won first prize (and a standing ovation of his peers) in the Governor's School talent show for a mock dance performance partnering with his very beautiful ballerina friend Bonnie Fletcher (Miss America 1962's little sister!) mimicking an Erik Hawkins modern dance lecture and performance at the school that summer.
Starting in fall of 1969, Tim attended Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, where freshman year he received the McCormick Tribune ROTC Award as the top cadet. In 1971, he spent the summer of his sophomore year as a Heritage Foundation Fellow in Old Deerfield (now the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program). After a year spent as an Intern in Museum Education at Historic Deerfield, Inc. he was off to the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he interned at the Boston Children's Museum, then in Jamaica Plains.
Tim returned to Deerfield June of 1975 to become the first professional employee of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. There he remains. His tenure at the museum has focused on education programs which have led to the creation of the Deerfield Teachers' Center which is an award winning provider of American history professional development training. Over the years, his outside interests have included Arena Civic Theater, photography, work with the Greenfield Area Animal Shelter, and The First Church of Deerfield.