A Brief Bio

For over fifty years, Jan has visited ghost towns and other forgotten historic spots all over the American West. An historian and writer since 1989, she has given dozens of presentations, programs, speeches, appearances and interviews on radio, television and in print. Her research, especially in the history of the prostitution industry, encompasses the entire western region of America and continues to expand.  

Jan also consults in the areas of historic preservation, genealogy, film and writing, and has published over 3,000 articles, produced two documentaries, and has worked on numerous other projects. She enjoys working with government agencies, historical societies, libraries, museums and individuals to discover, document, explain and preserve American history. 

For more information, program requests or consultations, contact Jan at JanMacKellCollins@gmail.com or by going to the Contact page.

Appearances, Articles & Accolades