My research interests involve history on a human scale: how individuals interact with their physical surroundings, the arts, and each other.

Elsie Johnson, Hildur Svärd, and Hildur Larsson, Sweden, c. 1950. Gelatin-silver photograph, collection of Margaret H. Howard. 

Elsie Johnson, Hildur Svärd, and Hildur Larsson, Sweden, c. 1950. Gelatin-silver photograph, collection of Margaret H. Howard. 


Current Focus

M. E. Howard - A successful farmer with a taste for litigation, who also happens to have been my third great-grandfather.

Personal Genealogy - An ever-expanding project, and an intriguing lens through which to view history.

Dudley Pratt - Seattle's preeminent architectural sculptor from the 1920s through the early 1950s.

Sand Point Naval Air Station - A landmark district incorporating a number of historic structures.


In the Distance

Anti-suffragettes - The women who didn't want the vote.

Seattle Artists - Connections between people and institutions at midcentury.


About Me
 

I’m a researcher by nature, driven by a curiosity about people and the arts. Fascination with human interaction has fueled my lifelong interest in genealogy and local history, a practice that fosters both discipline and creativity. My passion for the arts led to a baccalaureate degree in Art History at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where my education included opportunities to travel to France and Spain to study churches along the Camino de Santiago and to pursue independent research on the iconography of a 14th-century Book of Hours.

I draw on these foundational research experiences on a daily basis, sometimes in surprising ways. They informed my stint on Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board and my subsequent independent research. They have also been the springboard for a career managing academic programs. Bureaucracy and research may seem antithetical, but robust policy development, budget analysis, and strategic planning all depend on gathering, analyzing, and evaluating data—much of it related to the interaction of people.

I'm also a collaborator by nature. If collaborating interests you, or you'd like more information about any of the projects listed above, I'd love to hear from you—just fill out the form on the Contact page.