Kylie Louise McCormick
Historian for Hire
Historians are glorified snoops: we read letters and day books, analyze receipts for spending habits and ransack belongings for clues. The historical narratives I write are built up from intimate experiences in intimate spaces.
My research trends towards marginalized groups and women's overlooked contributions to society. My focus on Wyoming History sprang from my love for my home state. As a native Wyomingite I strive to educate, inform and inspire others to love not only history in general but the history of the equal rights state.
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Bring these engaging presentations to your communities or hire Kylie to create a custom presentation today!

Kylie’s commissions include presentations on the history of Converse County to accompany a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit and a presentation on the Rosenthal Historic Map Collection for the Red Peak Gallery at First State Bank.

Wyoming History

“Fifty-One Years of Freedom: Wyoming’s Suffrage Story, 1869-1920”

In 1869 Wyoming made history as the first U.S. territory to give women the right to vote. Fifty-one years later, the nation followed Wyoming’s lead. A fresh take on a longstanding controversy, this presentation offers critical new evidence to Wyoming’s suffrage story and restores the contributions to the movement made by both Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and Esther Hobart Morris.

Run time: 60 minutes + 15 minute audience discussion

“Tea Party Controversy”

The origins of woman suffrage in Wyoming has long been shrouded in debate: should Esther Hobart Morris be given the name “mother of woman suffrage” or is she someone who has received “more credit than she deserves”? Diving into the details of the tea party controversy, this presentation offers a new perspective on the early suffrage activism of Esther Hobart Morris and the historians who debate her.

Run time: 45 minutes + 15 minute audience discussion

H.G. Nickerson with marker for Esther H. Morris. 
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

“The Wyoming State Flag and The Women Who Made It Fly”

A contest with a $20 prize was the humble origins of a state flag with a story traversing through women’s suffrage, immigration, and World War One. This presentation examines the contributions of Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and flag designer Verna Keays Keyes in establishing Wyoming’s state flag while grappling with questions of citizenship and legacy.

Run time: 45 minutes + 15 minute audience discussion

“Saving the Trail: The First Effort to Preserve Wyoming’s Historic Trails”

“The old Oregon Trail should be marked before all traces of this historic highway are obliterated,” wrote University of Wyoming professor Grace Raymond Hebard in 1913. Hebard’s appeal for public funding to mark the historic trails in Wyoming came seven years after Ezra Meeker, an eccentric pioneer of the 1859 Oregon Trail, began to travel the trails again. This presentation explores their first organized efforts to mark the historic trails nationally and in Wyoming, as well as the legacy of public-private partnerships.

Run time: 45 minutes + 15 minute audience discussion

Holocaust Workshop

“Dry Timber: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism before 1933”

Historian Doris Bergen’s burning house metaphor for the Holocaust forms the foundation for this presentation, which explores the preconditions leading to the Holocaust. Connecting the long history of anti-Judaism and antisemitism to personal experiences of antisemitism growing up in Wyoming and recent examples from the news, this presentation aims to teach teens and young adults about the Holocaust in a responsible manner promoting empathy and emphasizing the power of words and humor.

Run time: Flexible in time and scope. The truncated version starts at 45 minutes, the complete version is broken into sessions and runs 6-8 hours.


Additional Services


Please also reach out if you are a historian, researcher, or a descendant of someone whose story deserves to be told. I want to collaborate! I’m also hirable for research queries. 


I am happy to tutor all ages online in history, writing, and test-taking. I have helped students reach their goals with AP, SAT, ACT, and GRE exams.

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