I can sometimes be seen at living history events or public speaking engagements as my alter ego, Mrs. Mary Knight of the backcountry in Virginia 1862.  Here is Mrs. Mary Knight at New Market, VA.

I can sometimes be seen at living history events or public speaking engagements as my alter ego, Mrs. Mary Knight of the backcountry in Virginia 1862.  Here is Mrs. Mary Knight at New Market, VA.


 About Me

I am a historian and genealogist from West Virginia who is an active member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS).  I earned my Master of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Since then, my primary areas of focus have included Appalachia, Environmental History, and 19th/20th century American History. 

I am also the founder of Bridging History, a historic and genealogical research service specializing in the Mid-Ohio Valley and Metro Valley regions of West Virginia along with Boyd and Greenup Counties in Kentucky. 

My thesis work, focusing on Appalachia, took a fresh approach to the evolution of the Mid-Ohio Valley region.  In my thesis, I argue that after federal intervention by the Roosevelt Administration, West Virginia was able to finally break free from the burdens created by a robber baron mentality and the Great Depression to become a reliable and sought after war-time partner to the federal government during World War II. 

Additionally, having over 25 years experience in the medical laboratory sciences gives me a unique perspective to Environmental History, particularly in the area of disease and public health.  In my most recent work, I used techniques common in modern epidemiology to show that a single cryptic entry of a “plague” in my community was most likely an outbreak of tuberculosis instead of an illness unique to the region as the original early 20th century author had surmised.

I am passionate about educating rural West Virginia students, and  I am experienced in both classroom and in distance eduction at the college level.  I am certificated and experienced  in Quality Matters with both "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" and "Improving Your Online Course." 

I am also fortunate to be a lesson writer for the internationally acclaimed Study.com based out of Mountain View, California.