Randal Rust

Randal is the owner and founder of American History Central (AHC). He oversees the operation of AHC, including writing entries, overseeing site design, and managing social media channels.

Since 2005, Randal has been involved in the planning, development, and implementation of prominent Online Digital Encyclopedias, including:

American History Central was originally built as a demo of Randal’s Encyclopedia Content Management System (eCMS) software. AHC was first demonstrated at the 2008 American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Annual Conference. Afterward, Randal participated in the AASLH Internet Digital Encyclopedia Alliance (IDEA), which produced a document that outlined Best Practices for Digital Encyclopedias (PDF).

Randal graduated from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University in 1995 with a B.S. in Journalism. He is the owner of R.Squared Communications, a website design and development shop, located in Dublin, Ohio, and has a long history of working with Humanities Councils and State Organizations to help preserve history.

Randal’s favorite quote comes from Founding Father John Adams, who said “Facts are stubborn things.”

For AHC, Randal focuses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, the American Revolutionary War, and the AP US History Review. He is also working on expanding the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and World War 1, along with a new section for World War II.