Erika Holst – Scary Mommy

Erika Holst

In my day job, I'm the curator of decorative arts and history at the Illinois State Museum, where I put my master's degree in Early American Culture to work interpreting the state's collection of historic artifacts to the public. On the side, I've written three books (Wicked Springfield: Crime Corruption and Scandal During the Lincoln Era, The History Press, 2010; Edwards Place: A Springfield Treasure, The Springfield Art Association, 2015; and Historic Houses of Lincoln's Illinois, SIU Press, 2018), several articles in academic journals, and I'm a regular contributor to the Illinois Times on history and parenting topics.