Authors and Photographer Biographies
Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than twenty-five years of historic preservation experience. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Draeger celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures.
Mark Speltz is a senior historian at American Girl and recently completed a master's degree in public history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He previously worked as an independent researcher on exhibits for museums, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and has written several articles for the "Wisconsin Magazine of History."
Mark Fay of Eau Claire has completed six book projects for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. He also has worked as an aerial photographer and a staff photographer for a postcard and calendar printing company and has been in business as Faystrom Photo since 1996.