Amid the prairie grasses at Jeffers Petroglyphs are islands of uncovered rock, where American Indians left carvings — petroglyphs — humans, deer, elk, buffalo, turtles, thunderbirds, atlatls and arrows. They tell a story that spans 5,000 years. The glyphs served many functions, including recording important events, depicting sacred ceremonies, and emphasizing the importance of animals and hunting. I was the researcher, writer and exhibits developer for the indoor and outdoor interpretation at Jeffers Petroglyphs in Cottonwood County, Minnesota, including the acclaimed multimedia show, “Listen to Grandmother Earth.”
Reach me at 952.431.5586 for further information and rates for my research and writing services. I live in Apple Valley, Minnesota (Central Time Zone).
“Loris’s detailed research culminated in a comprehensive history of a home in St. Paul where generations of our family lived in the 1920s and ’30s. Thanks to Loris’s research, many doors were opened and many memories rekindled. Family members who lived there as children were able to revisit. Family members from across the country were able to reconnect in person. Family papers, long thought lost, were found to be intact at the Minnesota Historical Society Library. Loris makes a personal investment in her discoveries as an historian and as a writer. The gifts Loris gave to our family are priceless! “ Joe and Connie Maas, Baltimore, Maryland
“Over the past year and a half, Loris has been helping me write a book on ethnobotany. She has consistently shown imagination and initiative in tracking down obscure sources, making valuable suggestions, and expertly editing text. I wholeheartedly endorse her as an expert editor and researcher.” Dr. C. Thomas Shay, Senior Scholar, Anthropology Department, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, forthcoming book Prairie, Plants and Native People: A Human and Environmental History of the Northern Plains
“Great work! You exceeded my expectations and moreover, were prompt in providing detailed results in a highly professional and well organized manner. Needless to say, I’m extremely happy with this information that remained hidden for so many years but now adds to my family’s history. You are to be commended for this research and I can’t begin to explain how elated I am. Thank you so much!” Michael Falk, New York
I love to play detective and dig for information. I can search for whatever you might need to know or want to find. I have 25+ years of experience as a professional researcher, writer, and historian, including 18 years with the Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, MN) working in Exhibits, Museum Collections and Historic Sites. I am passionate about research and can usually find whatever you might need or want. I tend to “leave no stone unturned” and, as my previous boss used to say about me, I’m not happy until I’ve researched the universe. If it’s out there, I can find it for you. I am also passionate about turning research into captivating written stories, including family and house histories that will be cherished for generations.
Highlights of my skills honed at the Minnesota Historical Society (1986-2005) and the expertise I offer include:
Efficient researcher for family and house history mysteries, primary and secondary content sources; contemporary and historic moving and still images; film and photo rights and licensing, finding specific content specialists; formative and evaluative audience research; funding sources; material culture
Excellent verbal, written, and visual communicator for family and house histories, blogs, books, creative proposals, multi-layered exhibit text, interpretive nature trails and environmental education, newsletters, multimedia scripts, facilitating history-related focus groups
Skilled tracker, organizer, and archivist for infinite changing details within evolving big-picture visions
Expert generalist with a solid track record of being a content team leader in developing nationally-acclaimed, innovative, experiential exhibits from concept up to 4,000 square feet, multimedia object theaters and interpretive nature trails designed for visitors of all ages and learning styles; up to 200,000 visitors enjoy History Center exhibits annually.
Review my resume and project list links above which detail my exhibits, multimedia shows and nature trail interpretation at the Minnesota History Center and at Minnesota Historic Sites, including:
Jeffers Petroglyphs http://www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jp/
Weather Permitting http://www.mnhs.org/exhibits/weather/exhibit.htmm
MY AREAS OF RESEARCH & WRITNG EXPERTISE INCLUDE:
-Art, film and photographs, manuscripts, maps, material culture, oral histories, organizational and business records; primary and secondary sources
-19th through 21st century Minnesota and Midwestern history, including architecture; art, businesses; clothing and textiles; ethnic groups and customs; families; folklore; food; houses; gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual life and culture; health; historic sites; Indian life including Ojibwe, Dakota and Lakota; leisure; material culture; native prairie; organizations; petroglyphs; postcards; technology; towns and communities; transportation; weather
-Holistic health, healing and wellness, including environmental, emotional, nutritional and spiritual health