The History Writers provides comprehensive, quality historical services based on years of professional experience. As a genealogist, historian and archivist, we have worked on a number of projects for a variety of different individuals and organizations. The projects described here serve as examples of work we have completed.
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Completing Archives and records management, a history of the building that currently houses the new museum and conducting oral histories of the founding board members.
TESTIMONIAL: “We are thrilled to be working with The History Writers. They are the best. As a brand new Museum, it’s important to collect, preserve, and organize our records and archives so that they are accessible. We are extremely grateful for their expertise and skills.”
Peter D. Olson, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum.
“From the Farm Fields of Minnesota to the Battle Fields of Germany: One Soldier’s Story During WWII” A veteran’s service record set in historical context, from the Great Depression to the Battle of the Bulge.
Joseph Miller, 1830-1850 – Early years of the Naval Academy
Personal letters between mother and son detailed in historical context of the family, community and the military activity of the United States at that time.
ARCHIVES AND RECORDS
The Betsy-Tacy Society
The Betsy-Tacy Society preserves the heritage related to the children’s stories written by Maud Hart Lovelace as well as her childhood in Mankato, MN. The consultant work focused on plans for preserving records and establishing a new archival storage site for the society’s records.
Ironwood (MI) Historical Society
The Ironwood Historical Society holds rich records documenting the history of Ironwood, MI, and the mining industry in the region. The local organization asked for a review of the records collection, processing, and storage practices in order to improve access and preserve the records. The plan detailed processes based on professional archival standards to ensure that the records remained available to researchers and the community for years to come.
NBC/TLC “Who Do You Think You Are” icon-video-camera
Retained by NBC to conduct genealogical research for model Cindy Crawford and her family, our research focused on the earlier settlers who migrated to southern Minnesota in the mid-1800s. The show is a genealogy documentary that follows the lives of American celebrities first aired on NBC and was later picked up by The Learning Channel. The episode aired in 2013.
Throughout the years, genealogical services have been conducted for clients in the United States (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin) as well as in Canada, Norway, Sweden and Spain.
Naval Academy Library History
As the Naval Academy approached its 150th anniversary, it was determined that a history of the library should be part of the commemoration. The Nimitz Library, named after Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, had humble beginnings but has grown into a premier college library with special collections and archives focusing on the history of the academy and general Naval history. The Library history made its way into publications related to the 150th anniversary and remained available as part of the website for many years.
The Village Family Services
The Village Family Services provides comprehensive social service support for children and families in the Fargo, ND, area. Formed as the Children’s Home Society in the late nineteenth century, the organization commissioned this history to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The history focused on the organization’s start as an orphanage and later development in providing comprehensive services. Parts of the history continue to be used to describe the organization’s origins.
Iron County (WI) Interpretive Trail Project
The Iron County Wisconsin Interpretive Guide Trail project developed when the county economic development body devoted funds to creating historical markers along several trails in the county. The markers contain historical information at significant points along county hiking and cross-country skiing trails.
While Moorhead, MN, businessman, legislator, lawyer, and supporter of education Solomon G. Comstock had been written about before, this paper focuses on a different role he played. Comstock served as the land agent for James J. Hill as Hill built his Great Northern railroad across North Dakota on its way to Seattle. Comstock negotiated land sales, conducted in secret to maximize profits, in order to fund construction. This addition to Comstock’s historical impact on the settlement of North Dakota is part of the Comstock Papers at the Northwest Minnesota Historical Center housed on the campus of Minnesota State University—Moorhead.