History

History writers from Minnesota.

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Natalie Fowler

Once a practicing attorney, Natalie Fowler is an author, a freelance editor (for FATE Magazine), paranormal investigator (for Ghost Stories Ink) and a psychic medium. Fascinated by good ghost stories from a very young age, now she writes her own stories inspired by her work as a ghost hunter and psychic medium. An avid researcher…

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Dale A. Swanson

Dale A. Swanson is a published author, poet, screenwriter, and playwright. His historical novel, The Thirty-ninth Man, made the Star Tribune “Best book read” in 2013. The sequel, Tears of Sorrow, was released in 2018. His fantasy chapter book, The Wild Ways: Mystery of the Hanging Tower, for 9- to 99-year-old readers, was published in…

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Rob Jung

Rob Jung was born in the wine country of California, grew up in a Mississippi River town in Wisconsin, and was educated in the Minnesota state university system and Harvard Law School. He was a newspaper writer while getting his undergraduate degree at Winona State University. A life-long student of history, geography, and religion, Jung’s…

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Duchess Harris

Duchess Harris was a Mellon Mays Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a degree in American History. She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and did postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist…

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Greg Brick

Greg Brick, Ph.D., was employed as a hydrogeologist and has taught geology at local colleges and universities. He has published more than 200 articles about caves and was the recipient of the 2005 Cave History Award from the National Speleological Society. His book, Subterranean Twin Cities, won an award from the American Institute of Architects…

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David M. Perry

David M. Perry is a historian and journalist. He’s a columnist for Pacific Standard, writing about health justice and higher education. He covers history, disability, and politics for outlets like CNN, Washington Post, The Nation, and Medium.

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Barbara W. Sommer

Barbara W. Sommer, M.A., owner of BWS Associates, has over 40 years of experience in the oral history field. She has been principal investigator and director of more than 30 major community oral history projects and has taught oral history in post-secondary and community settings. She has been a presenter at state, national, and international…

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Naomi Musch

Naomi Musch crafts American historical fiction from the Lake Superior north woods. Her novel Mist O’er the Voyageur was a 2019 Selah Awards finalist, Book-of-the-Year finalist, and NE Minnesota Book Awards finalist. Among her newest releases are the sequel Song for the Hunter and her home front novel Season of My Enemy (Heroines of WWII).…

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Patricia Bauer

Patricia Bauer recently retired after 38 years in education, where she shared her passion for history, music, art, and literature with students and staff. She has been a strong advocate for using picture books with older students and has presented many workshops for teachers on that subject. Bauer is the author of B is for…

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Loretta Ellsworth

Loretta Ellsworth grew up in Mason City, Iowa. A former teacher and a graduate of Hamline University with a Master’s Degree in Writing for Children, she is the award-winning author of four young adult novels, The Shrouding Woman, In Search of Mockingbird, In a Heartbeat, and Unforgettable. Stars Over Clear Lake, historical fiction set in…