brian d. fors

Co-Founder;  Historian and Archivist

Brian has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Iowa and spent two years training as an Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C.  In addition, he is a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists. He serves as a member of the Heritage Preservation Commission for the city of Mankato, Minnesota, and is on the Steering Committee for the Independent Archivists of the Society of American Archivists.


deborah l. fors

Co-Founder;  Genealogist and Family Historian

Deborah has a B.A. in Scandinavian History and Culture that focused on the literature and history of the mid-19th to early-20th century immigration to the United States. Through continued professional development, she has completed numerous classes, study programs and workshops through the National Genealogical Society. With over 10 years of genealogical experience, her largest research project to-date was working with NBC/TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” episode featuring Cindy Crawford that aired in August 2013.


Senior Writer

Nicole has an M.F.A. in creative writing and is pursuing a Master of Public Policy concentrating in rural arts, education, and environmental issues. She is a teacher, editor, manuscript and story consultant, and a multigenre author of The Summer of Ordinary Ways, The Turtle Catcher, Horse Camp, Stillwater, Wonder at the Edge of the World and The End of the Wild. She and her work have been recognized in People magazine's "Critic's Choice," as a Barnes and Noble's "Discover New Writers" selection, as a Minnesota State University "Distinguished Alumni," and with many literary and service grants, nominations, and awards.

nicole l. helget


Research Assistant

AnnaKjersten has a B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies with a minor in History. She joined The History Writers in the fall of 2017 after working on select projects throughout the past year.

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