Associate Professor, Graduate Program in History
American Public University System
Anne Millbrooke was born in western Oregon and raised on the coast of Washington state. She went east to college, first to Boise State College in Idaho for a bachelor’s degree, then to the University of Wisconsin at Madison for a master’s degree, and finally to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for her doctorate. She majored in history and focused on the history of science in graduate school.
Anne directed the Archive and Historical Resource Center at United Technologies Corporation, and thereby served as the historian for Otis Elevator, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and other divisions of the corporation. She taught history at universities in Alaska, Connecticut, and Montana. While teaching in Alaska, she also wrote news stories for the Nome Nugget newspaper and served as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent.
Along the way, she has won Mellon, Smithsonian, National Science Foundation, and NASA fellowships. Now a consulting writer and editor, she has two major publications currently in print: a revised, updated edition of her award-winning Aviation History book, and a newly released reference book Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Alphabets of Aviation.
Anne is president of the Sacajawea Audubon Society, a chapter of National Audubon. For Rotary, she led the Montana District’s Group Study Exchange team to Peru for a month in 2007. She has volunteered as a comforter for the child immunization program at the county health department, as a judge at high school speech and debate contests, as a food server and usher at the fundraising Owenhouse Magic Shows, and as a table captain at the university’s etiquette dinners. Anne is a past president of both the Rotary Club of Nome, Alaska, and Civitan Club of Hartford, Connecticut.
As a public speaker, Anne has given presentations to Rotary clubs, Lions clubs, aviation groups, senior groups, youth organizations, and public libraries. For a decade the Western Arctic National Parklands — part of the National Park Service — sponsored her Iditarod Lecture Series in Nome, Alaska, during the finish of the Iditarod dogsled race; she also volunteered in the dog lot. In recent years she has judged numerous aviation photograph competitions; the competitions are based in London, but the Internet allows her to judge the photographs from Montana.
She teaches history, including online graduate courses classes the American Public University System, including the American Military University and the American Public University. She has also taught History of Aviation classes for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
About being a writing and editing, Anne says, "I am inspired by my family, which includes a long line of writers and editors beginning with my great grandfather, who wrote books and edited newspapers in Finland and in the United States."