2017 Missouri Preservation Conference

Victoria Cosner

Victoria Cosner
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

Victoria Cosner has worked in public history facilities for over 25 years and is currently employed by Missouri State Parks at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site. She has a fascination with untold, and often darker, history and likes to bring it to public’s attention.
She earned a B.A. in History from Arizona State University and her M.A. in American Studies/Historic Preservation from the University of Maryland-College Park. Her research interests include cultural landscapes of cemeteries, and uncovering lost pieces of history especially highlighting women’s roles.
Victoria and her co-author, Lorelei Shannon are currently busy “true criming” some of history’s more unusual people and stories. Their first two include Madame Delphine Lalaurie of New Orleans and Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell of St. Louis (who has a ghost story attached to Hannibal, Missouri). They are currently working on their third book.
Victoria has published three books, has 2 dogs, and 2 kids and volunteers with the St. Louis Senior Dog Project. She lives in St. Peters, Missouri and sometimes teaches continuing education classes at the local community college.