Founded in 1999 by Edna Johnston
and based in Washington, DC,
unites the research, writing, and analytical skills of professional historians, architectural historians, and historic preservation planners. History Matters works throughout the United States.
What distinguishes History Matters is our approach. We integrate historical and architectural research to create products that are readable, accessible, and that meet our clients' specific needs.
We are committed to our clients. That, and our dedication to research
and clear writing are History Matters’ greatest strengths.
Our reports and publications meet and exceed state and federal requirements for historic preservation.
- 2005 winner, DC Mayor's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
- 2010 winner, Historic Hawai'i Foundation's Historic Preservation Commendation.
Edna Johnston, Principal and Senior Historian
With doctoral training at the University of Virginia and fifteen years of professional experience, Ms. Johnston directs History Matters' research and manages the firm. Her area of expertise is 19th- and 20th-century American history.
Julia B. Claypool, Historian and Cultural Resources Planner
Ms. Claypool is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program at the State University of New York at Oneonta. In 2005, after a 26-year career with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Ms. Claypool retired from the position of Superintendent of Cultural and Natural Resources. She conducts architectural survey and archival research, and prepares historic resource documentation.
Ms. Neubelt is a recent graduate of Skidmore College where she focused her studies on archaeology and history. She supports History Matters' archival and site-based research.
Mr. Johnston works with History Matters’ clients in North Carolina as they pursue preservation tax credits for adaptive reuse projects and is part of History Matters’ administrative and business development team. He is the founding president of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA).