Nearly everything I do is an effort to preserve history for future generations. I am passionate about documenting his story, her story, their story.

My 30 years of experience in the public history world includes 14 years at the James J. Hill Reference Library as the Associate Curator of the Hill Manuscript Collections. Presently I am a consultant involved with research, writing and archival projects for a variety of clients. I have published and lectured extensively on James J. and Mary Hill and their family as well as the early history of Saint Paul.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History, with minors in American Studies and Art History, and a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and am a Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society member.

My professional associations:

  • Minnesota Historical Society – life member
  • Friends of the James J. Hill House – life member
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Minnesota – instructor

Click here for my CV.

I live in the historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood of Saint Paul with my husband, Jim. When I am not writing or in the library at the Minnesota Historical Society researching, I enjoy reading, spending time with my children and grandchildren, and cheering on Rafael Nadal.



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