Notable Missourians Editorial Board

Mary Barile has a PhD in theater from University of Missouri, Columbia. She is author of The Haunted Bookslick: Ghosts, Ghouls & Monsters of Missouri’s Heartland and other books about Missouri history.

Jeff Gall has a MAT from Drake University and a PhD in history from University of Missouri. He is a professor of history at Truman State University, where he specializes in Missouri history, baseball and American culture, and history education. He assisted in developing a classroom history curriculum with former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett.  He is author of Missouri: Our Home, a history text for elementary and junior high school students.

Jerry Hirsch has a PhD in history from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a professor of history at Truman State University, where he specializes in twentieth-century American history, African-American history, disability history, and the South since Reconstruction. He is author of Portrait of American: A Cultural History of the Federal Writers’ Project and co-editor of America’s Folklorist: Benjamin A. Botkin and American Culture.

Rebecca Kruger has a MA in library science from University of Missouri. She is a Library Media Specialist at Ray Miller Elementary School in Kirksville, Missouri.

Mary Vogt McIntosh has a BA in history from Truman State University. She has been the Local Branch Archivist for the Local Records Preservation Program of the Missouri State Archives since 1992. She is also supervising archivist for the Northeast Regional Records Preservation Judicial Internship Program associated with Truman State University.

Chris Montgomery has authored numerous articles and essays on Missouri history. She also co-edited Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: The Life and Times of Blind Boone. She served as a contributing writer and co-editor for Images of Our Lives, a history of Columbia, Missouri, in the twentieth century. She has worked as a university grant writer and a photograph specialist for the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Greg Olson has an MA in history from University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MFA in art from University of South Dakota. He is curator of Special Exhibits and Special Projects at the Missouri State Archives, and author of The Ioway of Missouri and Noble Savages, Voodoo Priests and Ozark Gypsies: The Life of Folklorist Mary Alicia Owen, as well as several articles on Missouri history.

Donna Rhinesmith has an MA in education from Truman State University and an EdD from University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a professor of education at Truman State University, where she specializes in reading, curriculum, and instruction, with a special focus on children’s literature.