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

8.28.14 | Smith Promoted to Senior Historian

On September 24, 2000, Ian Smith joined HRA as a research historian. Ian had taken a class from Alan Newell the year before and Alan was quite impressed with Ian’s performance. Ian was pulling shots as a barista at the Catalyst coffee shop and was more than happy to join our team. He quickly impressed all who worked with him with his quiet competence and razor sharp wit.

Since joining HRA, Ian has worked tirelessly on any project he has been assigned to. He is noted for his attention to detail and his exemplary work with his associates. Ian quickly moved to the project historian level and has continued to impress those he works with and all of the clients he works with. More than one client has commented that Ian’s report was the best report they had ever read from any consultant.

In the past several years, Ian has taken on the full management of several Department of Justice projects as well as working closely with a team on projects for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Ian has been promoted to senior historian, and though he is not a senior, he exhibits the knowledge and experience of one who will help lead the HRA history division for the next several decades. Congratulations Mr. Smith, on a well-deserved promotion.

8.25.14 | HRA/Next Exit History Selected as Finalist in 2014 Florida Innovation Awards Business Competition

We are excited to announce that HRA/Next Exit History™ was recently selected as a finalist in the 2014 Florida Innovation Awards Business Competition, described as the “largest business plan competition in State of Florida history.” According to Frank DiBello, Space Florida president, "We are extremely pleased with the diversity of applicants for the Innovation Awards and have had great success with similar events in other parts of the state providing a forum for growing high-tech companies to develop critical relationships with potential partners and funders.” Indeed, "we are happy to provide cash incentives to the top two companies that show significant growth potential in our state, and look forward to watching these promising companies blossom here." The competition occurs on November 7 in Pensacola.

As one of 10 finalists, HRA/Next Exit History™ “will compete for a 1st place cash award of $100,000, while the 2nd place winner will receive a $50,000 cash award. These awards are provided by Space Florida, the State of Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization. The 3rd place prize is equal to $5,000 in business services courtesy of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Microsoft has awarded all qualifying companies a Microsoft BizSpark subscription, which provides start-ups with software, support, development tools and Microsoft Azure cloud usage credits to help start-ups build their business and succeed.” To learn more about the competition and the other finalists, visit