She started her writing career writing sexy romances, but in 2008 Rachelle Chase discovered Buxton, Iowa thanks to her former romance writing instructor and friend, Leigh Michaels. By January 2017 she’d written, sold, and released her first nonfiction book, “Lost Buxton” and, in 2019, her second one, “Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa.” In this show we talk about her writing, a life of adventure that includes quitting her job to move to South America, joining a motorcycle club, and completing Emerge Iowa (Class of 2020) – an exciting program for women who plan to run for public office – and launching in her first nonprofit, Uniting Through History.
Rachelle has given more than 80 presentations about the amazing town of Buxton and has now turned her attention to sharing with corporations the lessons that we can learn today from Buxton. Rachelle recently launched a nonprofit, Uniting Through History, to promote unity by furthering knowledge of and acceptance of the fact that Black history is American history through immersive experiences enabling people to connect with history. Uniting Through History recently wrapped up on their first annual Hip History Contest, in which middle school and high school students used their artistic creativity to bring the story of Buxton to life for a chance to win nearly $6,000 in prizes. Rachelle is a former senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies, a model, published romance author, and podcaster.