RESEARCH & PRESERVATION SERVICES
Pearson Consulting LLC is a professional heritage management consulting firm which specializes in the development, planning, and implementation of historic resources that are significant to communities and neighborhoods as drivers in their cultural heritage tourism ecosystem. Its founder, Charles Pearson, was influenced by his late grandfather, who was a leader in unifying blacks and whites around inequality and labor issues in the 1950s in Iowa; his late father, who formed the Unity Neighborhood Association in Waterloo, IA, and taught him how historic preservation can revitalize dis-invested communities while addressing social and economic issues; and others, along the way, who have helped him “to build the wagon” to empower communities to value their cultural heritage through education and an understanding of the nexus between cultural heritage tourism, revitalization of economically depressed neighborhoods, and economic development.
While Pearson Consulting LLC continues to evolve, one principle remains paramount: to amplify, document, interpret, and preserve the diverse voices, stories, significant events, and landmarks related to ethnic and immigrant peoples’ histories from post-WWII to the early 1980s, with a keen emphasis on the modern Civil Rights movement, for future generations. Pearson’s belief that there are universal threads in the history of America common to the civil rights issues of all people is simple, “Civil rights doesn’t have a color.” Pearson Consulting LLC connects you to your history and what makes your community unique.
Our team is comprised of researchers, historians, curators, architectural historians, and cultural resource professionals.
Civil War to Civil Rights Way
The way-finding pilot was the initial phase of a $3 million housing development in Downtown Davenport (IA) to include a MLK Park and Interpretive center.
Pearson Consulting designed a trail and four interpretive panels focusing on the area’s rich civil rights legacy, jazz legacy, and ethnic culture.
Historic tour hopes to bring more tourism to Cedar Valley
Fifty years ago a race riot broke out in the downtown area of Waterloo — destroying businesses and injuring many. On Wednesday, a small group took a tour of the areas most affected to learn about Waterloo’s place in the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
"Civil Rights in Waterloo Iowa has always been looked at through a negative lens," said Charles Pearson, a local historian who led the tour.
Iowa Civil Rights Trail
The ICRT is our signature project. Educating future generations about local places, people and events central to the Civil Rights movement engenders an inclusive history. The Teaching and Learning Civil Rights Project allows all ages to experience local historic resources.
Projects In Progress
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State of Iowa Civil Rights Awards
Pearson Consulting recently created an initial inventory of property listings of the State of Iowa, African American historic resources, and civil rights sites. This list has subsequently ignited interest and led to the local historic preservation commission receiving a $37,500 African-American Civil Rights grant (Waterloo, IA) and the State Historical Society of Iowa receiving nearly $50,000 to document African-American civil rights locations across the state.
ABOUT CHARLES PEARSON
20+ Years of Experience
Unrivaled Knowledge of History
Tourism, Bike & Walking trails
Historic designation, preservation and revitalization has a positive effect, or an effect that is consistent with the total appreciation of a given community and surrounding area.
Pearson Consulting believes that preservation has an overall impact and subsequent influence on rebuilding American culture and pride in our communities. We look forward to working with individuals, families, and organizations on your next project.
WE ENHANCE COMMUNITIES
WE IMPROVE NEIGHBORHOODS
WE INSPIRE YOU TO TAKE ACTION
I am convinced that Charles is more than qualified to guide any other institution, City or the State of Iowa in a marker project targeted at preserving its ethnic and cultural history.
Ryan C. Saddler,
Director of Diversity, St. Ambrose University
Pearson's work identifies significant properties in the Cedar Valley worthy to be a part of the lowa Civil Rights Trail and a burgeoning tourism industry. His intellectual and historical curiosities and knowledge is infectious!
Abraham L. Funchess, Jr., Executive Director, Waterloo Commission on Human Rights
Your mission of combining abolition, Underground Railroad and Civil War historic resources to 20th century Civil Rights historic resources for cultural economic development and cultural heritage tourism opportunities is commendable and parallels the National Park Service's own goals in this area.
Diane Miller Acting Superintendent, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Program Manager