Landscapes Past and Present

MattCivilWarGraveMatt is a historian, writer and researcher. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University with degrees in History and Historic Preservation, much of his work has been on connecting local history to broad historical moments. With a focus on race,  class, gender and power in our social landscape, Matt believes that the ground and built environment we walk through every day is alive with worlds of history and can speak to us about why we live the way we live. He is available for historical research and education, genealogy, consultations (National and State Registers, historic homes and districts, historic interpretation), walking tours, public speaking and writing projects.

Portfolio of Work

Matthews portfolio of work projects include researching and writing Historical Markers for the State of Michigan, ongoing presentations and tours with the Ypsilanti Public Library, and the Ann Arbor Public Library, serving on the board for the African American Historical and Cultural Museum of Washtenaw County,  collaborating with local teachers on historically and place-based education murals, guest lecturing and tours for Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work, Academic Service Learning, College of Education, and History Education department. In April 2016 Matt received the Engage @ EMU Award for his work with the University.

Matthew specializes in African-American history and genealogy and has done extensive research on Ypsilanti’s historic African American neighborhood and communities, including a website , South Adams Street @ 1900 (here).

Matt can be reached by email at