About the Bloggers

Jessie Kratz, Historian of the National Archives is managing editor of Pieces of History. She manages the National Archives History Office and runs the agency’s oral history program. Jessie has been with the National Archives since 1999. She loves American History, especially anything related to Alexander Hamilton. Jessie has B.A. from St. Ambrose University and M.A. from the George Washington University.

Mary Ryan is managing editor of National Archives News and received her B.A. in history from the University of San Francisco and M.A. in history from the College of William & Mary. She’s worked at the National Archives for many years on Prologue, books, and various other print and online publications.

Hilary Parkinson has a master’s degree in medieval studies from the University of York in England, where she learned that she loved stained glass and hagiography and disliked paleography. She is passionate about words, books, and the past. She enjoys finding, developing, and writing content for the National Archives Facebook page, Twitter, and the Pieces of History blog.

Jim Worsham, editor of publications, came to the National Archives in 1999 after a career as an award-winning writer for daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe. At the Globe, he was one of the lead writers for the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Boston school desegregation. Just before coming to NARA, he was a senior editor on Nation’s Business magazine.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and the University of Iowa and has been a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Stanford University. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army. Now, he enjoys writing and editing and wallowing in history.

Victoria Blue, managing editor of Declarations blog, came to the Archives in July 2011 from the Windy City. She studied English and Art at the College of William & Mary and received her M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Her goal is to visit all the regions and libraries in the Archives family.