Head shot of Julie Mangin, image of bridge with message "LIVE IN THE LIGHT"

About Julie Mangin

My interests range from writing to gardening to natural history to genealogy to roadside attractions to kitsch to music and dance.

Family History

Since 2012, I have been on a journey to learn about my family history, since discovering the extent of mental illness in my ancestry. There were five women on my mother's side who were mentally ill and spent time in state mental hospitals during the first half of the twentieth century. I have used my skills as a librarian, a genealogist, and a writer to make sense of all that I have learned. >> more

Library of Congress blog posts


Personal blog posts and articles

Natural history

Local history