Dennis Culliton, M.A.T., C.A.G.S., is the Founder and Executive Director of the Witness Stones Project. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before attending college at the University of Massachusetts, where he received degrees in anthropology and economics. After a decade working for the federal government, he went on to Quinnipiac University, graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching in history. While in his third decade of teaching, he started the Witness Stones Project with his students in Guilford, Connecticut.
Culliton is the recipient of the Guilford Preservation Alliance’s Charles Hubbard Award for his research and public education on local slavery and the Connecticut Council for Social Studies’ Special Project Award for developing the innovative curriculum that prepares students to tell the story of the enslaved in their own communities. Culliton was awarded the Shoreline Newspapers’ Beacon Award for his work on the Witness Stones Project and for his volunteer service. Dennis is devoted to his wife, Linda, his three adult children, and his grandchildren, Frankie and Joseph.