Appearances & Services

Author Mary Shafer demonstrates how to use a metal detector at an event at Barnes & Noble bookstore.


As an author and historian, I occasionally make personal guest appearances in person, on the radio, and on podcasts. I speak about the metal detecting hobby, what it’s like to find historical relics, and how doing so can teach you a lot about the history of your local area.


I also teach classes in metal detecting for beginners, and offer copies of my book for sale. Occasionally, I will represent American Digger Magazine as a staff member at various historic and detecting-related shows.


I have also participated in private recovery hunts for landowners of historic properties, in which I am compensated for detecting and recovering historic artifacts, which remain with the landowners. Sometimes I am also requested to find lost articles dropped in various places.

Scheduling An Event or Service

If you would like to discuss having me:

  • speak to your metal detecting club or historical interest group
  • teach metal detecting classes for beginners
  • conduct an artifact recovery mission on your historic property, or
  • recover lost items

please use the Contact form to get in touch.

Author Mary Shafer at the 2018 Civil War and Militaria Show in Gettysburg, PA

Past In-Person Speaking/Author Appearances

  • Eastern Monroe Public Library • Stroudsburg, PA
    Demonstration, discussion and audience Q&A with fellow diggers, D.J. Yost and Drew Waholek
  • Durham Township Historical Society • Durham, PA
    Slide Talk and Demonstration, audience Q&A, relic display, book signing
  • Doylestown Alive! Festival Booth • Doylestown, PA
    Author appearance for Arts & Creative Culture of Bucks County
  • Coolbaugh Township Historical Assn. • Tobyhanna, PA
    Slide Talk and Demonstration, audience Q&A, relic display, book signing
  • Barnes & Noble • Easton, PA
    Equipment demonstration, talk & book signing
  • Pen-Mar Historical Recovery Asssn.
    Metal detecting for beginners talk, relic display & book signing
  • Durham Community Day • Durham Township, PA
    Metal detecting relic display with book sales & signing
  • Annual Civil War & Militaria Show • Gettysburg, PA • 2017-18
    American Digger booth staffing, book sales & signing

Past Metal Detecting Classes

  • Metal Detecting 101 • Community School of New Hope-Solebury
    Two-night (classroom/field demo) course for adults – several semesters
  • Private teaching sessions on the road (I live full time in my RV.)

Past Podcast Guest Appearances

XP Team USA – The Metal Detecting Podcast
May 3, 2018 – Digging on the Road

American Digger’s Relic Roundup
May 1, 2017 – 101 Things I Wish I’d Known; recent Georgia hunt
May 16, 2016 – Metal Detecting for Beginners, my new book