Matt is a historian, writer and researcher located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University with degrees in History and Historic Preservation, much of his work has been on connecting local history to broad historical moments and trends. Matt has focused on how race, class, gender and power impact our social landscape and feels deeply that the land and built environment we walk through every day is alive with history and can speak to us about why we live the way we live today. He is available for historical research and education, genealogy, consultations (National and State Registers, historic homes and districts, historic interpretation), walking tours, public speaking and writing projects.

Matthew’s portfolio includes work with local teachers to create place-based history for their class curriculum, research and writing Historical Markers for the State of Michigan, presentations and tours with area libraries, serving on the board for the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of Washtenaw County, collaborating with educators on historical murals, guest lectures and tours for Eastern Michigan University, The University of Michigan, and many other area schools and institutions. In April 2016 Matt received the Engage @ EMU Award for his work with the University.

Matt has done extensive research on Ypsilanti’s historic African-American neighborhood and communities, including a website, South Adams Street @ 1900 (here). He can be reached at msiegfr@gmail.com or through the contact page.