Our Story

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see--Winston Churchill 

We are three professional historians with over forty collective years of experience bringing life to hundreds of personal stories. We formed the History Bridge Group to extend the passion and experience that we developed while working in museums and corporations to individual families.

 

Our complimentary areas of expertise in oral history, research, and preservation, create a unique opportunity to fully capture and the rich story of your family and protect your important heirlooms. 

 

Flexibility and customization is our priority: will work with you to create a unique package that is right for your family and your budget. 

Meet The Team

Nicole Belle DeRise

Nicole is a professional historian, specializing in helping families explore and uncover their ancestry. She was vice president and historian with Wells Fargo’s Family & Business History Center working with individuals and businesses to discover their history and cement their legacy for over six years. Nicole has over ten years experience working with adults and children to preserve, tell and honor their stories.

Jenny Pachucki

Jenny is an oral historian with over fifteen years experience. In her ten years at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, as the oral historian, she interviewed over 650 people for the museum's exhibitions and archive. She also hosted the museum's podcast series, Our City. Our Story and interviewed guests such as Robert DeNiro, Katie Couric, Rosie Perez and Chaz Palminteri. Jenny is known for a warm, comfortable interview style.   

Maureen Merrigan

Maureen is a conservator with ten years of experience working with families, museums and institutions around the globe to preserve their history. She has worked with materials from the modern era to the ancient. Maureen started her career working with materials from underwater and flooded sites and is now a passionate advocate for family history preservation. She is the conservator at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.