Cheryl McCann, Author
Cheryl is a Midwestern girl at heart. She has lived in Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri all her life, but never found a place that felt like home until she and her husband Terry moved to Liberty in 1992 to start their family. She is the active and proud mother of two children and has a long list of hobbies and interests including historical costuming and photography. When not working on her projects and volunteering, she is the owner of McCann’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service, which she has run successfully since 2003 from a little office in her backyard. History, Ancestry and DAR became important to her about 5 years ago. Since then she has started visiting the Clay County Archives to work on projects for the Atkins Johnson Farm. Cheryl is a member of the American Association for State and Local History and sits on the board of the Clay County Museum. Her first book, Stirring Up History, was published in December 2016 and is available now.
Phoebe Alpern, Researcher
Phoebe lives in Liberty with her family, but is currently pursuing a B.A. in History at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She has worked with Cheryl, both as an Office Assistant at McCann's Bookkeeping and Tax Service and in genealogical research, since 2013. Today, she is employed at the Pomona College Archives and interns with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative documenting instances of cultural heritage destruction. She is primarily responsible for research work and website design and maintenance for The Faded Page.