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Learn More about Historical Perspectives

     Historical Perspectives specializes in providing high quality historical research and consulting services to individuals, small organizations, and rural communities because we believe your history is important. Whether it's tracing your family tree, creating new programs and exhibits, or finding ways to protect historic structures, our goal is to help you use the past to enrich your life today and help shape the future for generations to come.


     We know individuals and small groups have very limited budgets, and small organizations and communities face special challenges when it comes to implementing change.  This is what sets Historical Perpsectives apart from large, national firms; we have personal experience gained working in small museums and in small communities.  We know what it's like to be a staff of one, or a board member trying to operate a facility with only a few volunteers, trying to make positive changes in our organizations.  We also live in small communities where we've dealt first-hand with local resistance to change. We know what you're up against and we're prepared to help you succeed despite the obstacles you may face.  

Kathy Wilson

Historian, Educator, & Museum Specialist

     Kathy Wilson established Historical Perspectives to provide research services to individuals as well as to help small historical societies and communities tackle the challenges of preserving and promoting local history.  She has more than 20 years experience as a professional historian, educator, archaeologist, and museum specialist in the Midwest and Southeastern United States.  She has a BA in History from Bemidji State University (Minnesota), a Masters from the University of York (England), and is a former PhD candidate at the University of Iowa.


     Kathy believes each individual, organization, and community has a story to tell, and loves to help people and organizations discover theirs, whether by tracing family lines, or telling community history in new, exciting ways. Contact her today to discuss ways she can help you bring your story to life.

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