Jonathan Neuber founded the Bucks County Cultural Society. He also set up the Neuber Endowment for the Advancement of Physically Disabled Bucks County Residents, a scholarship open to qualifying students attending BCCC. He is a 2018 graduate of Delaware Valley University and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in financial services. A long term Bucks County resident, Mr. Neuber has spent over half a decade rescuing items that help tell the story of Bucks County's rich cultural heritage. He currently resides in Upper Bucks County with his pet cat Thomas. His special needs cat, Chance, passed away on March 15, 2021. Our board mourns his loss.
Ray O'Brien was born in Manhattan and raised in New York's South Bronx. He has degrees in geography, geology, art history, and environmental studies from Lehman College (CUNY), McGill University in Canada, and Rutgers University where he received his doctorate. He has taught at the City University of New York and at Pennsylvania's Bucks County Community College (where he is a professor emeritus). He has lived and worked in Bucks for almost 50 years. His research interests in the county's landscape(s), architecture, and folklore, led to the publication of Bucks County, A Journey Through Paradise in 1988 and The Story of Bucks County in 2015.
Debra Lee O'Brien is a life long resident of Bucks County, born and raised in Levittown, PA. A Bishop Conwell High School graduate, she also attended Bucks County Community College.
After various jobs from assembly line worker at Whitman Chocolates (Yes, like the "I Love Lucy" episode!) to payroll secretary for Toys R' Us stores, she returned to BCCC and graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts.
For ten years, Debra was a single parent which, was both challenging and rewarding. This experience brought her to her most fulfilling position: a teacher's aide at BCCC's Early Learning Center.
Debra is an avid collector of vintage Valentines and Halloween ephemera. Since retiring, she enjoys traveling with her geographer husband.
It is easy to think of our county's cultural heritage, along with the various elements that give it definition, as being something society will always have access to without more effort than a trip to a museum, historical society, or similar institution. A wealth of online research reinforces this feeling of security. However, some of the most important pieces of our cultural heritage are only one event from being irreparably fragmented or lost to time. If that happens, no amount of effort will be able to retrieve or restore them for future generations.
Bucks County Cultural Society serves to fill the gap between what other institutions are able to provide, due to their current priorities and diverse mission statements, and what still needs to be accomplished to secure Bucks County's rich cultural heritage. Although we have a county historical society, its holdings cover a broader geographic area. While we have many local historical societies, their operations are largely tethered to specific geographic regions within Bucks County.
Our mission is solely focused on Bucks County and proactively working with individuals, businesses, and institutions that share a common desire to preserve the county's rich cultural heritage. As our Vice President Ray O'Brien eloquently wrote on the back of his 2015 book, The Story of Bucks County: BUCKS, JUST BUCKS PLEASE!
Bucks County Genealogical Society
Perkasie Historical Society