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Obscure Histories is a collection of original, short, and accessible written and visual pieces about overlooked people, places, things, events, and ideas. Stories are based in primary sources. OH has expanded its emphasis to amplify histories about marginalized people around the world. 


Obscure Histories is community led and strives for equity in our topics and our authors. Our authors range from professional and amateur historians, educators, and interested hobbyists. 

Obscure Histories is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, incorporated as of July 1, 2022.

This includes OH subsidiary, OH, Jr.

Core Team

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Dana Rovang, PhD

Founder, President, CEO

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Ronen Rovang Cornell

Sr. OH, Jr. Advisor

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Ernesto Mántaras

Media Director

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Our Writing Team

OVER the 10 years that OH has been online, we have been very fortunate to have had a number of remarkable volunteer authors. These volunteer authors contributed multiple pieces each. They are the very heart of OH, and their pieces continue to be relevant and meaningful.

WHILE we will always accept volunteer submissions, OH is moving to a system of paid freelance writers. We see that the dynamics of writing online content have changed, and we want to make sure that our authors are paid for their intellectual contributions, or receive an in-kind donation receipt.

Support Our Authors

Past Volunteer Writing Staff

Julia Chen

Michael Gott

Brendan Wolfe

Herbert Wignall


Herb Wignall was a passionate collector of stamps and regularly gave talks at his stamp club in Pearland, Texas about the thrilling histories behind them. Herb was a lifelong historian in addition to being a consummate teller of jokes. He was also the beloved grandfather of OH founder, Dana Rovang. He was an inspiration for OH, and everywhere he went throughout his life. Herb passed away August 5, 2022, but his histories about stamps will live here forever. 

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