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In order to better understand our historic resources, it is important to look at their context — the things which surround them in time and place that give them meaning.

Our Historians Get to the Heart of Our Stories.

As a Cultural Resources Management firm, TerraX is dedicated to preserving as much of our history as we can. Our historians are expert researchers, and they’re not afraid to comb through archives, newspapers, local records, and more to understand our cultural narratives. Whether you’re a large firm seeking to understand the historic context of a building site or a small family unlocking the secrets of your ancestral land, our history department is here to help.

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Literature and Background Research

Our team of experienced historians provide rich cultural contexts for our research areas. Their research includes both primary and secondary sources as well as work with both physical and digital archives in order to provide the most complete understanding of our culture and history.

Dedicated Staff

The TerraX History Department makes history every single day. These talented researchers, interpreters, and writers are not afraid to dig deep and solve the mysteries within our collective history. Each of our Historians is highly experienced in historical research, and each has proven their ability to produce clear, accurate, and thorough historical reports, which are essential to managing our shared cultural resources.

Brendan Cooper

  • PhD. U.S. History with African American History minor

  • Helen and Robert Appel Fellow in History and Technology at New-York Historical Society

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor: US Labor History – CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Emma Jackson Pepperman

  • B.A. in History with Art minor, M.A. History

  • Historian of Reconstruction and New South Violence

  • Exhibit Curator

Steven Filoromo

  • B.A. Anthropology with Public History minor, M.A. in Anthropology

  • Historical Archaeology, with special emphasis on colonial urbanization, immigration, and labor–coastal and piedmont North and South Carolina and southern Louisiana

Margaret Schultz

  • B.A. in History with English minor, M.A. in History with Museum Studies Certificate

  • Experience writing reports, conducting historical, archival, and genealogical research, and compiling exhibits

Sharlene O'Donnell

  • B.A. in Anthropology, M.A. in Anthropology, M.A. in History

  • Environmental Archaeologist/Anthropologist

  • Environmental Historian

  • Zooarchaeologist

  • Coastal Archaeologist

Rachel Smith

  • B.S. in Anthropology, M.A. in History, M.A. in Anthropology

  • Expertise in report writing, GIS, and historical research

  • Three years of experience in Belize and Texas

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