Past, Present…Everyone Has A Story.

Join me on a journey to find and share those stories from the past about those who really lived and impacted their world.


I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, an author, speaker, and researcher, exploring the American Civil War era and seeking to better understand the multi-layered stories. Military or civilian, enslaved or free, blue or gray…every story fits together to help us gain a deeper and more complete portrait of our past.

It is vital to continue conversing about this era of history, remembering to strip away myths and seeing that people really lived, suffered, loved, and lost. I believe that discussion about history can take various forms, but that listening, conversing, and pursuing an informed, gracious understanding is most important.

My Story.

Homeschooled girl graduating university with honors. Blogger to published author. Conference host and battlefield preservationist. Tea connoisseur. I try to approach life, history, and work with grace and understanding.

Always Exploring…

Come over to the blog, and I’ll share thoughts about research, challenges, behind the scenes stories, encouragement, and a little humor from the chapters of historian life.

Words Matter.

(And I love to write books, blog posts, essays, articles, documentary scripts…and more)


Here, you’ll find notes, photographs, archived articles, and other miscellaneous information from some of my research projects. Feel free to explore and if you have additional notes or insights, I’d love to hear from you.


It’s not enough to write and research. Let’s talk about the past. From conferences, symposiums, historical societies, genealogy groups, and Civil War round tables, I’ve been blessed to travel the nation, greet new friends, and share about history through detailed and inspiring presentations.

“Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart

Absent thee from felicity a while,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain

To tell my story.”

Hamlet (Shakespeare)