My qualifications for this book begin with a BA in Public History from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was a ‘non-traditional’ student, which simply means that a lot of students, much younger than I, asked me what I was doing there. I’m also a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.
Public History is a somewhat new field that focuses on relaying history and historical information to the general public at places such as museums, historical buildings, and national parks and monuments. My real interest lies in the research behind it all.
I also have over 40 years of genealogy research in the bag and am a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. My specialty is deciphering old handwriting. I prefer to go back and study the information in original documents and am known for finding things that no one else has the patience to look for. Since 2006, I’ve given presentations at many regional genealogical societies as well as The Library of Michigan in Lansing and Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn.
I am a hobbyist musician having picked up the violin at age 10 and the guitar at age 14. In the early 1970s, my goal was to be a female Neil Young (yes, I admit it) although I was taught how to play by a blues guitarist. I’m a tenor and try my best to sound like vocalist Linda Thompson. To sum up, I have classical, acoustic, blues, and British doom and gloom in my repertoire.