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

9.02.14 | HRA Hires Beckner Full-Time

HRA is pleased to announced that it has hired architectural historian Chrisanne Beckner full-time. Chrisanne earned her MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon in 2009 and was a private preservation consultant before joining HRA part-time in 2013. Chrisanne has completed numerous survey and inventory projects, along with National Register nominations and a multiple property submission. She specializes in architectural field survey, field photography, archival research, and reports, including cultural resources assessments, historic contexts, NRHP nominations, and tax credit applications. One recent project Chrisanne partnered on won a 2012 Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. 

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.