Kathi Kresol

Kathi Kresol has worked for the Rockford Public Library for many years, and is currently Branch Manager of the Rock River Branch.  Much of her time is spent working with children and youth programs such as Summer Reading club.  Kathi hosts library events both in-person and digital.

An obsessive researcher, Kathi is never far from a stack of books or a box of photographs.  She has been digging into Rockford’s history for nearly 20 years.

Between her job with the Rockford Public Library, and her role as local Rockford Historian, Kathi gives dozens of presentations each year.  Kathi’s daughter Amber also works with the Library and she and Kathi were delighted when they were presented with this very cute portrait of the two of them after they gave a talk to a group of young people.


Kathi Kresol, Historian

Kathi Kresol has been researching Rockford’s History for many years.  She shares the fascinating stories she uncovers through her business Haunted Rockford Events, during the haunted history tours she organizes, and with history stories on her popular website  Kathi also publishes history stories in her column ‘Voices from the Grave’ in the Rock River Times.  The ‘Voices from the Grave’ stories can also be read on the Rock River Times website here.

Kathi is obsessed with history and she loves the opportunity to share this passion through the stories she collects.  A member of the Rockford Historical Society, Kathi is always digging through Rockford’s past and she gives all the credit for her researching skills to the Rockford Public Library’s goddesses of Local History, Jean Lythgoe and Jan Carter.

Kathi loves sharing her enthusiasm for reading any way possible. She started teaching history using ghost stories when she homeschooled her children.  Kathi enjoyed the research and the ghost stories so much, she wanted to share them with the Rockford Community.  She found the perfect solution in forming Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours in 2004.  It has allowed her to work with some great people from all over Illinois and Wisconsin. Kathi feels honored that she can share the stories of the men, women, and children who settled Rockford and gave so much to create such a rich history.

Besides researching, writing, and organizing events, Kathi gives presentations all over Illinois on aspects of local history.  She has been interviewed for several radio shows, local newscasts and newspapers.

Kathi’s main inspiration comes from her four remarkable children and “the guy who brings her coffee”, John.  Her family supports her by allowing her to drag them to historical places, listening to the stories, helping her “look for dead guys”, and putting up with her absences when she disappears to research or write.

Kathi Kresol with tour group
Kathi Kresol with tour group
Kathi Kresol, during filming of Streets of Fear episode
Kathi Kresol, during filming of Streets of Fear episode
Steve Litteral, Kathi Kresol, Michael Kleen
Steve Litteral, Kathi Kresol, Michael Kleen
Kathi with John Hoblit
Kathi with her four children