Norma Shephard is the founder & director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & Costume Archive. In 1985, she earned a Canadian Achiever’s Award for entrepreneurship and since founding her museum in 1999, has penned and photographed Accessorizing the Bride; Vintage Wedding Finery Through the Decades (Schiffer Publishing), 1000 Hats (Schiffer Publishing), In Step With Fashion: 200 Years of Shoe Styles (Schiffer Publishing), Lingerie; Two Centuries of Luscious Design (Schiffer Publishing), Darlings of Dress; Children's Costume 1860 - 1920 (Schiffer Publishing) and Dear Harry; The Firsthand Account of a World War I Infantryman.
Col. Gordon Atkinson said of Dear Harry, “…fascinating and evocative of war … a tome of obvious labour and love. Tim Cook, First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum and author of Shock Troops said, “As a student of Canadian history your book was a thrilling opportunity to gain insight into a little taught era in our heritage.”
As an editor and writing coach, Shephard has assisted others in achieving their dream of being published. She has written on the subject of costume history for Canadian and American magazines, and been featured in a memoir by Patricia Boyle titled The Hat Lady. "What Martha has done for the domestic arts, Norma is doing for the world of museum curatorship." says Boyle.