Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., is a historian, visual artist, and radio host. His weekly program, 21st Century Radio®, has been broadcasting New Paradigm topics across the United States since 1988. He is known for his large, colorful murals and artcars all over Baltimore featuring occult and symbolic themes often including teaching about America's symbols. His most famous art car is “the Woodstock Bus” photographed by the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, and Life Magazine at the original 1969 Woodstock, still seen today regularly reprinted in media all over the world. All of his most recent books have been co-authored by Laura E. Cortner, director of the Ruscombe Mansion in Baltimore.
In 2016 they collaborated most recently on The Secret Life of Lady Liberty: Goddess in the New World, published by Inner Traditions, taking a new look at American history through the lens of the goddess and the indigenous cultures that are part of our history and self-identity. www.SecretLifeofLadyLiberty.com.
Hieronimus is a frequent guest on documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery and the History Channels. His doctoral research on the U.S. Great Seal has been used in the speeches, literature, and libraries of the White House (1976, 1982), the State Department (1978), and the Department of Interior (1982). His Independence Hall speech on the Great Seal's bicentennial was published in the Congressional Record (1983, 1984), and his research was shared in a personal meeting with the late Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat. Together with his wife, Dr. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus, DHL, Robert Hieronimus lobbied the House and Senate on the Great Seal Act (1982–1986). Inner Traditions published a popular version of Hieronimus's doctoral thesis in 1989, entitled America's Secret Destiny: Spiritual Vision and the Founding of a Nation. This book was revised and expanded in 2006 under the title Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians and the Decoding of the Great Seal. www.SecretDestiny.org.
In 2008, New Page Books released his book, United Symbolism of America: Deciphering Hidden Meanings in America's Most Familiar Art, Architecture and Logos, an account of how the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell, the flag, the eagle, the Great Seal, and Washington DC became American icons. www.UnitedSymbols.com.
In 2002, after almost 30 years of tracking down the principle co-creators, Hieronimus published Inside the Yellow Submarine: The Making of the Beatles Animated Classic for Krause Publications, which has been called “an indispensable companion to the movie.” His unique perspective on the Yellow Submarine not only includes interviews with over 50 of the animators, writers and artists of the original film, but also a symbolic and archetypal analysis of this classic film. In 2005, in between speaking on a panel for the screening of “Yellow Submarine" at the Abbey Road Film Festival, Hieronimus spent many of his off-duty hours drawing a six foot mural of the Yellow Sub on the outside wall of Abbey Road. www.insidetheyellowsubmarine.com.
Hieronimus's long career as a muralist and painter include the 2,700-square-foot (250 m2) prophetic "Apocalypse" mural completed during 1968-69 at the Johns Hopkins University and fully restored in 2015. This mural and others have led to Hieronimus being called "one of this country's best muralists." Art historian and critic Alan Barnet noted, "Hieronimus has a talent for winning the cooperation of the establishment while he lives and works in the counter-culture."
A diecast model of Hieronimus’s painted Woodstock bus was produced by Sunstar Diecast in 2009 in recognition of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, and more can be learned at www.WoodstockBus.com.
His main website is www.21stCenturyRadio.com.