Propertyhistories.com is a historical research consulting business based in southeastern Wisconsin. Consultant services address client needs and expectations, steering the project scope and research inquiries and objectives.
Propertyhistories.com investigates and recovers historical documentation for home and commercial properties. Services cover residential, commercial, estate, and farmland property locations.
Every client has their own set of questions, expectations, and curiosities regarding their home or commercial property.
Some look to refurbish their property while still maintaining its original structure; others want to learn more about who might have lived or operated out of their property; names and occupations; many simply wish to learn about their home’s historic significance; stories about their neighborhood; city or township settlement history.
Megan S. Sharpless, Property Research Consultant
Megan Sharpless, owner and founder of Propertyhistories.com has seven years professional background and training in historical archaeology, urban anthropology, public history research, and qualitative field research.
Ms. Sharpless’ research covers rural and urban landscapes in California, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. She has held positions in private, academic, and nonprofit fields in archaeology and cultural anthropology.
Her most recent academic role was to assist the University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey research team with field support, expediting, and recruit outreach in Milwaukee’s east, south, and west side inner-city neighborhoods. The Wisconsin Early Education Child Care Study (WEECS) is an academic survey and research study on the YoungStar rating scale. WEECS is conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with support from the WI Dept. of Children and Families and the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Sharpless has also worked closely with professional members from rural communities in northern Wisconsin on history, interviewing, and archaeology projects.
Sharpless’ research background includes archaeological excavation; academic writing and research; retrieving archival property documentation; conducting modern-day ethnographic interviews of Milwaukee’s refugee and ethnic populations; systematic oral history research; interviewing individuals in the Czech-Slovak, Lithuanian, Turkish (in Bulgaria), Mon (in Burma), and Nepali communities; using Institutional Review Board (IRB) confidentiality and consent procedures; digitizing; cataloguing; transcribing Milwaukee Jewish oral histories, among them immigration, genealogical histories, and holocaust survival stories, for the Jewish Museum Milwaukee.
Her research focus includes anthropological and archaeological theory, history of industrialization, urban landscapes, working class communities, ethnicity, gender, and childhood in the 19th and 20th century.
Sharpless holds an M.S. in Anthropology [Historical Archaeology] from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.S. in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Megan and her family own acreage in rural Minnesota and take pride in preservation tactics to protect the land’s natural and cultural resources.
Historic postcard images courtesy Jewish Museum Milwaukee Archives.