Obscure Histories provides short, entertaining stories about little-known people and events. Written and edited by historians, each Obscure History is based on primary materials and uses reliable sources from government agencies, journals, respected publications, as well as other media. The Rabbit Hole curated searches will lead you to related material, always up to date thanks to the power of the internet. 


Our authors range from professional and amateur historians, educators, and interested hobbyists. If you want to contribute to Obscure Histories, we want to hear from you!


MICHAEL GOTT, Research and Curriculum 

BRENDAN WOLFE, Senior Fellow


JULIA CHEN,  Research and Communications 

Rovang received her degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Chicago. For the past several years, she has worked as a video producer in corporate and education, including an ongoing initiative for the Smithsonian Institution.

Michael Gott has a B.A. in History and Secondary Education, with an endorsement in the social sciences, from Saint Xavier University. He has traveled the world and also taught in private education in Chicago. His historical interests are in European and East Asian History, and most recently in Colonial Latin America. 

Julia Chen has a B.A. in History from Harvard University, where she completed her senior thesis about immigration policy. Julia currently works as the Creative Director in a Boston marketing firm. 

Brendan Wolfe has his MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. Brendan is a regular contributor as well as a member of the OH Advisory Board. He lives and works in Charlotteville, VA, where is currently working as a genealogist. He is also an accomplished essayist and historian.