ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIVE

Michael Bruno, the author of “Cruising New Hampshire History: A Guide to New Hampshire’s Roadside Historical Markers,” embodies a deep-rooted connection to the Granite State, stemming from his upbringing in the Lakes Region. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Michael’s early exposure to the state’s rich history began as he traveled alongside his father, kindling a lifelong interest in the tales woven into the fabric of New Hampshire.

In his youth, Michael explored the highways of the Granite State on his motorcycle, stopping at historical markers that dotted the landscape. Each marker told a unique story, captivating the young adventurer’s imagination and fueling his passion for New Hampshire history. Now, over thirty years later, Michael has transformed that passion into a monumental project, undertaking the ambitious task of visiting and providing expanded information on each of the 289+ historical markers that grace the state’s highways.

Michael’s journey through life has seen him serve his country with distinction, dedicating over 23 years to the U.S. Army, where he enlisted in 1986 as a Mountain Infantryman and retired in 2009 with the rank of Sergeant Major. Upon returning to his roots, Michael transitioned to a new role as an Army JROTC Instructor in New Hampshire, contributing to the development of the next generation.

Residing in the White Mountains Region with his wife Kristin and their golden retriever, Michael has become an integral part of his community. His civic contributions include serving as a Library Trustee, a member of the town Planning Board and Board of Selectmen, and as a dedicated member of the Fire Department. In 2018, Michael earned certification as a Granite State Ambassador, further solidifying his commitment to promoting and preserving the essence of New Hampshire.

Academically accomplished, Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Education from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME. His pursuit of knowledge continued with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Organizational Leadership in Education from NorthCentral University in Prescott, AZ. In 2015, he attained an Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Outside of his professional and community commitments, Michael finds solace and joy in the serene landscapes of the White Mountains. Hiking, reading, and embracing the four-season opportunities that the region offers, Michael Bruno has not only chronicled the history of New Hampshire but has become an integral part of the living tapestry of the state he calls home.

IN THE PRESS

Freethinker’s Corner Author Interview

Freethinker’s Corner Author Interview

Freethinker's Corner Author Interview November 16, 2020 As a young adult, Michael Bruno stopped at the historical markers that dotted the Granite State highways while riding his motorcycle. He found each of the markers intriguing with their unique story. Now, more...

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NH Preservation Plan 2021-2025

NH Preservation Plan 2021-2025

#5YP: New Hampshire’s Five-Year Preservation Plan 2021-2025 ​NH Division of Natural & Cultural Resources 5-Year Plan In 2020, Michael Bruno's contact with the NH Division of Historical Resources asked if he would be interested in writing a White Paper regarding...

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NH Granite State Ambassador Interview

NH Granite State Ambassador Interview

Interview: Cruising New Hampshire History by GSA Michael Bruno, Mountain View Grand Class of 2018 The idea of “Cruising New Hampshire History: A Guide to New Hampshire’s Roadside Historical Markers” began in the fall of 2015 while discussing the lack of a...

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NHPR The Exchange 2020

NHPR The Exchange 2020

NH Public Radio "The Exchange" program with NH Department of Natural & Cultural Resources Commissioner Sarah Stewart on August 18, 2020. Telling N.H. History through Roadside Markers We rebroadcast this earlier conversation today. You may have zoomed right by the...

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The North Woods

The North Woods

THE NORTH WOODS JANUARY 20, 2019 A documentary film about the Betty and Barney Hill Incident, an "alien abduction" that occurred in the unique area of rural Northern New Hampshire in 1961. Director - Adam Bartley Cinematography - Ian "Pyro" Filipovic Editor - Zhenya...

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Saved by the Stone

Saved by the Stone

Saved by the Stone The Story of the Parting Stone WCVB BostonJanuary 10, 2019 They commemorate the bizarre – a UFO incident – or the forgotten – the site of a Native American mine. Historical markers dot New England’s landscapes. For some people, finding them,...

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Meet The Marker Hunters

Meet The Marker Hunters

Meet the Marker Hunters They're Hooked on History, UFOs included January 10, 2019 They commemorate the bizarre – a UFO incident – or the forgotten – the site of a Native American mine. Historical markers dot New England’s landscapes. For some people, finding them,...

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Colorful Day Tripping

Colorful Day Tripping

New Hampshire Chronicle Colorful Day Tripping Friday, October 26, 2018 Hitting the road with a leaf-peeping guru and a historic marker fanatic on New Hampshire Chronicle. Tonight, meet two local high school teachers who can help you take the leaf-peeping experience to...

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