Barbara Brackman has been writing about history since the 1970s. She grew up in Johnson County Kansas, and moved to Lawrence when she went to college at the University of Kansas. The Victorian town with its Civil War history captured her heart and she has lived there (with a few big city breaks) ever since.
Quilt history is her profession and local history is another passion. She’s served as consultant for several museum exhibits on both, written a number of books on quilts, in particular about quilts and the Civil War. She was the local history consultant when Ang Lee filmed Ride With the Devil in Kansas City, his movie about the border war starring Tobey Maguire and Jewel.
For The Kansas City Star, she has written Borderland in Butternut and Blue, Women of Design, and Prairie Flower – all of which were block of the month projects in the newspaper. She also designs reproduction fabrics for Moda.