Deb Bisel, Kansas Historian
Name: Deb Bisel
Place of Residence: Topeka, Kan.
Background and Personal History: A native of Virginia, Deb majored in history at Washburn University.
She writes history and covers a variety of topics as a journalist. Deb has spoken to
hundreds of groups around the country and appeared on numerous talk radio shows
from coast to coast. She serves on the selection committee for the Kansas Hall of
Fame and is president of the Shawnee County Historical Society. Deb is married to
Kansas Music Hall of Fame Musician Gary Bisel.
Current Projects: Deb is writing the dual biography of Mary Lincoln
and Varina Davis, the two first ladies from the Civil War.
Other Fun Facts: Deb has an alternate ego, Dixie Lee Jackson, who
also writes and is an expert on cookin’ and kissin'.