A small, hard-working heritage development consulting firm based in upstate New York. Established in 2013, we hit the ground running with our focused approach to investigation and writing. Offering well-researched, comprehensive historically-focused projects.
Sharon Williams Leahy
Sharon has a Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and received her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Sharon has a broad range of documentary and historic preservation knowledge, plus fifteen years of sales and marketing experience. Along with National Register nominations and documentation, Sharon worked as a historical consultant for CSPAN television series featuring America's First Ladies. Along with her husband Chris, Sharon presented an article on Julia G. Tyler at the Conference on Southern First Ladies at the Center for Presidential History, at Southern Methodist University on March 28, 2018.
“Not a Model: First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler and New York City’s Print Culture,” New York History: A Quarterly Journal, Fall 2018.
“Reclamation of a First Lady: Julia Gardiner Tyler’s Pursuit of a Federal Government Pension” (with Christopher J. Leahy), Chapter in a forthcoming book on Southern First Ladies, under contract with University of Kansas Press.
“The Ladies of Tippecanoe, And Tyler Too” (with Christopher J. Leahy), Chap. in Katherine A.S. Sibley, ed., A Companion to the First Ladies, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
Sharon completed a Historical Documentary Editing program with the Massachusetts Historical Society and delivered papers on the religious architecture of Western New York State. Sharon is recurring contributor for the Steuben Courier newspaper articles on historic preservation in Bath, NY. She has participated in the Consolidated Funding Application Workshops organized by the Regional Economic Development Councils of New York. Sharon is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.).
Sharon oversees the creative direction at HistoryPreserve as well as business development.
She is a history lover! And a lover of cats and dogs!.
Chris has a PhD in History from Louisiana State University and is a Professor of History and Program Coordinator for Political Science and History at Keuka College, a small liberal arts school located in New York's Finger Lakes region.
Skilled at conducting primary research and sifting through historical documents to articulate a coherent yet appealing narrative, Chris brings a broad knowledge of history, particularly early American and political history. He is also an award winning teacher and is trained in documentary research, writing and verbal presentation.
Chris has published several scholarly articles in both academic journals and magazines. He has completed a biography of President John Tyler, President Without A Party: The Life of John Tyler. Available for pre-order at booksellers everywhere!
Chris participates regularly in American History conferences, including a recent seminar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. He has also been interviewed on radio broadcasts regarding current politics, American political history and for newspapers such as the Finger Lakes Times (Geneva, NY).
Chris was an on-air participant and historical consultant for the C-SPAN, "First Ladies: Influence and Image" series, Julia Gardiner Tyler.
Chris is a Senior Consultant at HistoryPreserve.
He believes History can always surprise you!
“We're a small and growing heritage development consultancy. We look forward to meeting you and helping you define your goals - and realize them! Have a Past? What are you waiting for,? Let's meet!"
Sharon Williams Leahy, Principal, HistoryPreserve