Richard Fink II is a heritage executive and award-winning public historian. He is author of The Commercialization of the Afterlife: Spiritualism’s Supernatural Economy and the "Ghosts of the Great Road" newspaper series. Findings from Richard’s research have been cited in international publications L.I.F.T., Supernatural Pennsylvania, and Picture the Dead.
In 2010 the Heritage Philadelphia Program awarded Richard the "Scholars in Interpretation of History" award, supporting the development of public programs that connect historical ghost stories and the power of place. The following year his proposal for the now defunct Museum of the Macabre placed as a Finalist in the "Be Your Own Boss Bowl" International Business Plan Competition. In 2017 Richard was selected to lead a session at the National Recreation & Park Association’s annual conference titled Boo! Ghosts as a Tool for Public Engagement..
Richard currently directs the City of Seattle’s Historic Preservation program.