Steve Chicoine is best known for his books Our Hallowed Ground: The World War Two Veterans of Fort Snelling National Cemetery (University of Minnesota Press) and The Confederates of Chappell Hill, Texas: Prosperity, Civil War and Decline (McFarland & Company). He was an active Board member and presenter for the nationally known Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War Two History Round Table in the Twin Cities for a number of years. He speaks often at venues across Minnesota.
He received a fellowship to study at Stanford University and earned a multidisciplinary graduate degree. He served for fifteen years as a member of an alumni investment committee for the school. During this period, he developed a friendship with renowned historian Robert Conquest at Hoover Institution on the Stanford campus.
His creativity and strong communication skills, written and oral, played an important part in his business career. He was a corporate executive, an independent oilman, a tech entrepreneur and a nonprofit executive.
Steve was a charter board member of Tejano Historical Preservation Society in Houston. He served for many years as an Advisory Board Member of Asia Society Houston and the International Studies Center, University of St. Thomas in Houston. He ran an inner-city faith-based nonprofit, addressing root causes of poverty in the Twin Cities, and was National Director of Community Programs for a national nonprofit. He has mentored & tutored disadvantaged youth in the city for thirty years with an emphasis on excellence in education and planning for college and beyond.