Michael Aikey retired as director of the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was with the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs for seventeen years. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy, he has worked in both public and academic libraries. He has also operated an independent bookstore, sold antiquarian books, and been in the foreign car business. Mr. Aikey was a founding member of the Capital District Civil War Round Table, published articles on military history, guest curated museum exhibits and worked as an NEA grant consultant. He lectures and researches on New York State military history. He lives with his wife Kathy outside of Clarksville, NY.