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I’m Maggie Bria, and I suppose you could call me an amateur historian of sorts. Earning my bachelor’s in History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2014, I originally planned to go on and get my PhD in the field but changed my mind in my final undergraduate year; in a crazy twist of fate, I ended up on an extremely different route, getting a master’s in Information Science and even working for NASA for a bit. This blog links my crazy mix of passions together in a study of rare, exciting, and troubling bits of history.

I am a Christian, and a North Carolinian by birth. I married a Tar Heel-convert in 2016, and we live near Pensacola, Florida. We’re expecting a little baby Bria this fall. When I’m not writing, I’m cooking something from America’s Test Kitchen or reading something from my Goodreads list.


In addition to some academic publications, I have also written for one of my favorite blogs, Messy Nessy Chic. Read my articles on a Muslim princess who fought off Nazis, some glam 1920s beachwear, and American jazz diplomacy during the Cold War.