ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORICAL
Doug Fivecoat registered to do business as American Historical in September of 2014. It is the name he operates under when working on historic preservation projects and performing historical research or consultancy work.
Doug has always had history in his blood. Growing up here in Indianapolis, Doug recalls extensively researching native American culture and the history of the early Northwest Territory during grade school. In junior high and high school, he studied Greek and Roman history, archeology and the history of Medieval Europe. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, Doug went on to study history at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, receiving a Bachelor’s degree which focused on medieval European history in 2000 and a Master’s degree which concentrated on public history and American history in 2005. After receiving his Master’s, Doug studied law at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, graduating in 2009.
During his Master’s work, Doug was fortunate to be chosen as a Mary O’Brien Gibson Historic Preservation Intern. In that role, he spent one semester working at Indiana Landmarks and one semester working at the Indiana State Division of Historic Preservation. While at Landmarks, Doug co-authored the National Register nomination for the Central Court Historic District in Indianapolis with Suzanne Rollins Stannis and assisted with compiling some historical surveys of Indiana counties. While seeking his law degree, Doug remained at DHPA part-time helping out the division on special projects and maintaining the division’s website. Eventually, Doug left to pursue his legal career; however, after several years practicing law, he missed working in history and created American Historical so that he could assist others with history projects as a consultant.