Bachelor in History, Oakland University, 1963. Master of Arts in History, College of William and Mary, 1968.
Historian, Fortress of Louisbourg National History Park, Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1964-1966; historian, Fort Massac State Park, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, 1966; deputy state historian, Michigan History Commission, Lansing, Michigan, 1966-1968; head of research, Fortress of Louisbourg National History Park, Louisbourg, Nova Scoti, Canada, 1968-1975; superintendent, Fortress of Louisbourg National History Park, Louisbourg, Nova Scoti, Canada, 1975-1983; director, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 1983-1989; director Bureau History Sites and Museum, Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission, since 1989. Consultant Australian Heritage Parks Association, 1982, 90, California Citrus State Pk, 1988, 91, Aish-ha-Torah (living history music, Israel), 1989, Mackinac Island State Pk., 1989. Member A-Base review Parks Canada, Ottawa, 1983.
Founder Sydney & Louisburg Railway History Society, 1972-1983, Fortress of Louisbourg Volumes, 1976-1983. Member Louisbourg Planning and Development Commission, 1975-1981, Pennsylvania World World War II Commemoration Committee, since 1993. Director Louisbourg Craft Center, 1981-1983.
Rebuilding of 1813 Brig Niagara and first extended cruise for Columbus Quincentenary, 1990-1992. Member Canada Museums Association, American Association Museums, Society History Archaeology, American Association for State and Local History (education committee since 1988), National Warplane Museum (Geneseo, New York ).
Married Margaret Hazel Conner, February 6, 1965. Children: William Allen, Richard Collins.