Mary Collins Barile, PhD, is a theatre historian and author of books about Missouri history, the Santa Fe Trail, and the history of acting in nineteenth-century America. Her most recent publication is The Haunted Boonslick: Ghosts, Ghouls & Monsters of Missouri’s Heartland. She lives in Boonville, Missouri.
Christine Montgomery is a grant writer for the University of Missouri and worked as the photograph specialist at the State Historical Society of Missouri, where she wrote the Blind Boone essay for the society’s Historic Missourians website. She served as a contributing writer and coeditor for Images of Our Lives, a history of Columbia, Missouri.