HRA archaeologists conducting a survey of a pipeline route. Replica emigrant wagons at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska. HRA crew taking a short break from a pipeline route survey. Our cultural resource management surveys document historic and prehistoric features, both above ground and below ground. West entrance to Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska. Our work for the National Park Service includes archaeological investigations, administrative histories, National Register nominations, and a variety of other studies.

Celebrating 40!

In April 1974, two historians launched a consulting business in Missoula, Montana. Since then, HRA has expanded its services, established offices across the country, and built a reputation for excellence in historical research, cultural resource management, and litigation support. In 2014, we celebrate 40 years of helping clients use the past to solve present-day problems.

  • HRA provides a full range of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and Historic Preservation services to assist agencies and private companies in navigating cultural resource…

  • HRA conducts in-depth historical research in archives and repositories across the country and prepares reports, books, brochures, and interpretive content that bring this…

  • HRA helps attorneys understand and use historical evidence in briefs, motions, trial presentations, and settlement discussions.

Recent News

7.16.14 | Project Archaeologist Brian Herbel Celebrates 10 Years with HRA

HRA congratulates Project Archaeologist Brian Herbel on his 10 year anniversary of joining our team. Prior to beginning his regular employment with HRA in our Missoula office in 2004, Brian worked as a field crew member on a site testing project near Pomeroy, Washington, in the fall of 1998. Over the past 10 years, Brian has worked on or directed a variety of cultural resource projects ranging from pipelines in North Dakota and eastern Montana to transmission lines in Montana, Washington, and Alaska. 

7.08.14 | “The Business of History” in 25th Anniversary Issue of Journal of Women’s History

HRA Senior Historian Heather Lee Miller recently published "The Business of History" in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal of Women's History. In this article, she talks about her background in history and the road that led her to public history and working as a historical consultant. She sheds light on what such a job entails, how it relates to what she learned in her academic career and four years as a managing editor at the JWH, and suggests ways that history programs can prepare their students to think about jobs in history aside from those found in academia.