Doris Green grew up among a large cohort of  Wisconsin cousins, wise-cracking uncles, and laughing aunts who gathered regularly to play cards and swap stories. A family trip to the Cave of the Mounds in the 1950s launched a journey leading to several books.

Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery (2018) puts an end to rumors about the mysterious death of a favorite aunt who died in 1960 at a small-town tavern Up North. The author uses the strategies of genealogy and journalism to finally answer the question: suicide, murder, or accident? (It’s available on Amazon and from Henschel Haus Publishing.)

A second edition of Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels in and Around the Badger State is also available from Henschel Haus. A second edition of Minnesota Underground is in progress. Green also authored Explore Wisconsin Rivers.

Green previously co-published and edited Wisconsin Community Banker magazine for the former Community Bankers of Wisconsin and was a communications specialist with the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as publisher at Magna Publications for its former book division and national newsletter  division. Green continues to write for national, regional, and local publications, and present at libraries, conferences, and other gatherings.

She earned her undergraduate degree in English and a master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with her husband, Michael H. Knight, and three distracting cats in a log house near Spring Green, Wisconsin.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Joel Patenaude says:

    Dear Ms Green,

    I’d like to request a review copy of your new book, “Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery.” I have a page in each monthly issue of Madison Magazine for stories and mentions of authors such as yourself. I’d like to include you and your book there.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Joel Patenaude
    Associate Editor
    Madison Magazine


  2. Larry Nelson says:

    Hi Doris, what’s your email?
    I’m a member of the Program Committee of the Southeast WI Festival of Books and want to see if you’re interested and available to be part of a panel discussion on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at UWM at Waukesha to talk about your book Wisconsin Underground.
    My email is lnelson8@icloud.com
    Thanks for considering this,
    Larry Nelson


  3. Julia Davis says:

    Hello Doris,
    I’m wondering if you might speak at the Kiel Public Library this fall about your book “Wisconsin Underground”? If you are interested, you can send an email to jdavis@mcls.lib.wi.us and I will send some date options. I would also need information on your speaking fee and/or mileage reimbursement.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Julia Davis, Director
    Kiel Public Library, 511 Third Street, Kiel WI 53042


  4. Sarah Gatz says:

    Hi Doris:
    I saw your book in Madison Magazine and finally got around to ordering it. I thought it would be about a Spring Green area aunt. I was very surprised when I saw the “To the memory of Cecelia and Andrew Green, Sr.” and then turned the page to find my husband’s family info. My husband is Bill Gatz, Audrey Gatz’s son. We both really enjoyed your book. It is not often you can read a book and know some of the charters in real life.

    We are wondering if you have a copy of the last family tree Gladys prepared. The last info I have is from 1983.

    Sarah Gatz


  5. Barbara Jenkin says:

    Hi Doris, I live in the Spring Green area. I attended a presentation you gave at the Spring Green Library in the Fall of 2019 about your cave guide book, which I purchased. And I also have your book “Elsie’s Story”. I saw your column in the August 2022 issue of the Voice publication where you mentioned a local genealogy writers group. I would like more information about this group as I am very interested in writing my Grandmother’s history. I would like some guidance in doing that, either through the group or with you yourself. Could you please contact me through email to discuss this further. My email address is below.
    Barb Jenkin


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