The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia

Linda Hackbarth, a retired educator, became fascinated with the history of Lake Pend Oreille after retiring to Bayview, Idaho. An assistant professor at Washington State University and longtime public school teacher, she has produced a DVD on Bayview’s early years and a book of historic photos. Her book Bayview and Lakeview and Other Early Settlements on Southern Lake Pend Oreille was published by the Museum of North Idaho in 2003. Hackbarth authored an article for the November, 2011, issue of the Pacific Northwesterner based in part on her recent research into the Seth Pope, William Abrams, W. Milnor Roberts, and Miles Moore journals.

Yvonne Hajda holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington. Her dissetation explored the social networks of native groups of the Lower Columbia from 1792 to 1830. For over thirty years she has carried out ethnohistorical and ethnographic research on the native peoples of the Northwest, especially those of the Columbia River, the Willamette Valley, and the Warm Springs reservation. She has authored and co-authored articles and reports incorporating the results of that research.

Robert Hadlow is a historian with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the author of Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: C.B. McCullough, Oregon’s Master Bridge Builder. His current project is on the history of the Columbia River Highway.

Eugene-based author Thomas Hager has written six books on health and science topics, more than 100 feature and news articles, and a number of websites. Hager started his writing career after earning a master's degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University, then a second in science journalism at the University of Oregon. He interned at the National Cancer Institute, freelanced, and was a news correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association. At the University of Oregon he edited Oregon Quarterly magazine, served as the UO’s Director of Communications and Marketing, and directed the University of Oregon Press.

Anita McClain Haley has served on faculty at Lewis & Clark College in Portland and retired as a full professor in the College of Education at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Anne Hall, a California native, moved to Lincoln City in 1993. After working as a Librarian for the Tillamook Bay Community College, she was asked to design and outfit a new research library for the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. In 2001 she was hired as the museum’s Curator. Her work as Director started in 2004 with the design and construction of new exhibits for an expanded and remodeled museum building. Ms. Hall has a B.A. in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and earned her MA from Emporia State Kansas in Library and Information Sciences.

Ron Halvorson received a BS in animal science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, in 1972, and a MS in renewable resources from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1974. He and his wife, Gayle, moved to Oregon in 1974, where he went to work for the federal Bureau of Land Management, in Prineville, as a range conservationist. After retirement in 2008 as a natural resource specialist, he began writing as a stringer for Crook County's local newspaper, the Central Oregonian.

Tiffany R. Hamilton holds a Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Pacific University. She works in the Oregon Department of Transportation's Office of Civil Rights as the agency’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Manager. She is a board member of Business Diversity Institute (BDI) - Oregon and Mary Leonard Law Society. In her leisure time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening. 

Oregon native Robert Hamm taught English at Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Aloha, and West Linn high schools and now heads the teacher-preparation program at the Oregon Campus of the University of Phoenix. He collects antique maps (not reproductions), his oldest map dating to 1574. He also collects historic newspapers dealing with Oregon from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) to the Lewis and Clark Exposition (1905). He has bachelor and master's degrees from Lewis and Clark College.

Dan Haneckow writes about Portland, the Northwest, and transportation topics. He arrived in Oregon from Newport, Rhode Island, after his parents chose to retire in Klamath Falls following a career with the U.S. Navy. He has lived in Portland since 1990. His projects include presentations at the Architectural Heritage Center of the Bosco Milligan Foundation, the Car Free Cities conference held in Portland in 2008, and Winterail in 2004. His work has appeared in Trains Magazine and Pacific Rail News. He writes about Portland History in a blog called Cafe Unknown.

Thomas M. Hard has sung with Portland Symphonic Choir since 1977, the year he moved to Oregon from Massachusetts. An emeritus research associate professor at Portland State University, Hard is an atmospheric chemist who developed laser instruments to detect free radicals in the atmosphere. He edits the PDX Choral Calendar, a scheduling resource for local choirs and singers.

Ulrich H. Hardt has been at Portland State University since 1974, teaching, serving as department chair, associate dean, and as president of the university faculty.  He is the past State Coordinator of the International Reading Association, past President of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, editor of the Oregon English Journal and managing editor of the Oregon Literature Series.  He serves as co-editor-in-chief of The Oregon Encyclopedia.

Stephen L. Harris is professor emeritus of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he served as department chair for ten years.  A Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.  He has published a dozen books on topics ranging from classical myth to biblical studies, most with MCGraw-Hill. He has also published books on popular geology, including Fire and Ice, Agents of Chaos, and Fire Mountains of the West: The Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes.

John Harrison is the Information Officer for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, a compact of the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington that conducts energy and fish and wildlife recovery planning. As Information Officer, Harrison writes and edits Council publications and also is the news media contact. Prior to the Council, he was a newspaper reporter and editor. He is the author of an almanac-style history of the Columbia River on the Council’s Web site. He has a B.A. in communications from Washington State University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon.

Glenn Harrison is a retired high school and community college math teacher who lives in Albany and is interested in history. He is a member of many historical groups and very involved in several organizations including serving as president and newsletter editor of the Linn County Historical Society, president and newsletter editor of the Boston Mill Society, chair of the Linn County Historical Museum Advisory Commission, vice-chair of the Linn County Historical Resources Commission, 2011 chair of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, and is a former president of the Oregon-California Trails Association and earlier of its Northwest Chapter.

Katharine Hart is a writer and historian, currently pursuing her masters in Intellectual History at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. A Philadelphian by birth, she moved to Portland in 2004 to attend Lewis and Clark College, where she majored in English and history. After finishing her masters, she hopes to pursue her PhD in radical political history, and to teach at the collegiate level.

Mary Hawkins is the Office Manager for the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc.

Susan Hayden has taught Foreign Language Methods at Portland State University since 1983 and taught French at Aloha High School for thirty years. Long after Chuck Hayden no longer sang in the Bohemians, he and Susan sang in church choir and the Brahms Singers. Susan came to Portland as a teenager, and she and Chuck were married in 1979 until his death in 1998. When she heard the Bohemians sing in the 1980s at various informal gatherings, she was always amazed that they could sing all this music from memory without having rehearsed in twenty years.

John Hayes is a writer and documentarian who tells the stories of the people of the American Northwest and the region’s stunning landscape. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon’s Pacific University and a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University in California. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sisters Country Historical Society and past Chair of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council. John is also a contributing producer for 88.9 KPOV FM in Bend.

David Hedges, a native Oregonian whose great-grandparents crossed the Plains in 1850 and 1852, is a poet, essayist, and activist. He served as president of the Oregon State Poetry Association for six years and has edited OSPA's annual anthology, Verseweavers, since 1999. He has been a board member of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission since 1988. He received the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award in 2003 for contributions to the state's literary life. In 1997 he was instrumental in preventing development of Canemah Bluff, above Willamette Falls. Currently he is leading an effort to restore Celilo Falls.

Anita Helle is associate professor of English at Oregon State University. She is the author of numerous critical articles and reviews on American women writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and is the only literary scholar in the Pacific Northwest to be represented in the Norton Reader of Feminist theory and Literary Criticism (2007). She is the author of The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath (University of Michigan Prss, 2007) and is the the former editor of American Literary Scholarship.

Michael Helquist received his B.A. in history from the University of Albany, State University of New York. He has edited four books on health communications and managed health promotion programs in developing countries. He has published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly and has served as a guest lecturer at the Oregon Health and Sciences University and the San Francisco Public Library. A Portland native now living in San Francisco, he is working on a biography of Dr. Marie Equi.

Ellen Emry Heltzel is a writer and journalist who spent twenty-nine years on The Oregonian staff, the last six as book editor. With Margo Hammond, she created the Book Babes blog and wrote Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. She lives in Portland with her husband, dog, and too many plants.

Dr. Mark Henkels is a professor of Public Policy and Administration/Political Science at Western Oregon University. He also serves as the Legal Studies Minor Coordinator, Environmental Studies Minor Coordinator, and Social Science Division Chair. He is co-editor of Oregon Politics and Government: Progressives versus Conservative Populists (2005, U. of Nebraska Press). 

James V. Hillegas has an M.A. in history from Portland State University, where he specialized in twentieth-century urban environmental history and completed a thesis on early Willamette River pollution abatement efforts. From 2006 to 2008, he was a Caroline P. Stoel Editorial Fellow for the Pacific Historical Review. He completed his B.A. in 2004 from Fairhaven College, Western Washington University. He earned the Best Overall Paper at the 2004 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Regional Conference, and in 2004 published an article on Interstate 5 construction through Bellingham, Washington, in the Journal of the Whatcom County Historical Society.

James H. Hitchman was born in 1932 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Willamette University with a BA in history and the University of California, Berkeley, with the MA and PhD in history. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He taught at Portland State University where he won an outstanding teaching award. At Western Washington University, he served as dean of students and professor of history. He held a Fulbright lectureship at the University of Mysore, India, and has published on the U.S. and Cuba, colleges in Oregon and Washington, and Pacific Coast maritime history.

Adam J. Hodges, associate professor of history at the University of Houston–Clear Lake, is completing a book titled World War I and Urban Order: The Local Class Politics of National Mobilization. He has published articles in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, and Planning Perspectives.

Kevin Hogg is a high school English and Social Studies teacher at Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook, B.C. He holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Carleton University. His research interests include baseball, dystopian novels, and world religions.

Lew Holt is a native Oregonian who lived in gypo logging camps until his father died in 1939. He earned his B.S. from the Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon Univ.) and his M.S. from the Univ. of Oregon. For thirty-one years he taught and was an elementary school principal in North Bend; he moved to Salem after retirement. He has long served the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association in many capacities, and has written two books on the association's history; he also published a book about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

David A. Horowitz is Professor of U.S. Cultural and Twentieth Century History at Portland State University. A founding board member of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and the Museum of People's Art, he is the author of several works including America's Political Class under Fire: The Twentieth Century's Great Culture War (2003) and The People's Voice: A populist Cultural History of Modern America (2008).

Nancy Arthur Hoskins, a former college weaving instructor, researched Coptic collections in over fifty museums. She is the author of The Coptic Tapestry Albums and the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet; Universal Stitches for Weaving, Embroidery, and Other Fiber Arts; Weft-Faced Pattern Weaves: Tabby to Taqueté; numerous articles; and has contributed chapters about Egyptian textiles to four other books. She has presented lectures and workshops for national and international guilds and conferences. Hoskins’ art fabrics have been in solo, group, and invitational exhibits.

Mike Houck founded the Urban Greenspaces Institute in 1999 ( He has worked on local, regional, and national urban park and greenspace issues since 1980 when he founded the Audubon Society of Portland's Urban Naturalist Program. He co-edited Wild in the City, a Guide to Portland's Natural Areas (OHS Press, 2000) and Wild in the City, Exploring The Intertwine (OSU Press, 2011). He also produced Wild on the Willamette, Exploring the Lower Willamette River, a guide to the lower 35 miles of the Willamette River.  Mike is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology, Routledge Handbooks,  the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee Urban Forum, London.  Most recently he was a founding member of The Intertwine Alliance ( and serves on its board of directors.

Deborah Howe, FAICP, taught at Portland State University for over two decades before her current appointment as Community and Regional Planning Professor and Department Chair at Temple University. Her research and professional interests include growth management, land use innovations, and livable communities. She previously served as President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association and as co-editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine since 1998. 

Antonio Huerta was born and raised in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico. He grew up informally practicing Charreria in his village alongside family members. He moved to the United States and received formal Charreria training from the Sanchez family in San Diego, California. Antonio currently practices Charreria with Caporales de Oregon, 2014 state champions. Antonio works at the University of Oregon doing outreach to families from under-represented backgrounds about the process to pursue higher education.

Roger Hull, emeritus professor of art history at Willamette University, has lived in Oregon since 1970. He envisioned and helped establish the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. As a faculty curator at the Museum, he has written monographs and curated retrospective exhibitions on seven Oregon artists: Carl Hall (2001), Jan Zach (2003), Charles E. Heaney (2005), George Johanson (2007), Harry Widman (2009), Henk Pander (2011), and Manuel Izquierdo (2013).  He is currently at work on a study of the life and art of the Portland painter and printmaker Louis Bunce.  Hull was the recipient of an Oregon Governor's Arts Award in 1999.

A past president of the Friends of Multnomah County Library, Penny Hummel has been director of the Canby Public Library since 2009. She graduated from Reed College with a BA in Russian Literature and San Jose State University with an Executive MLIS. From 2001 to 2009, she was the Marketing & Communications Manager for Multnomah County Library. She lives in Portland.

Mark Humpal is the owner and director of Mark Humpal Fine Art, specializing in Oregon artwork spanning the period of the mid-1800s to 1970.  He is also an independent art reseacher with a special focus on early 20th century Oregon Impressionism.  He received his BA is Social Science from Marylhurst University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  He is currently writing a monograph on Oregon and California artist Ray Strong.

Steve Hunt came to Oregon in 1969 with the original Corban College staff and was present with Governor Tom McCall at the purchase agreement signing ceremony for the Corban campus. His relationship with Corban has spanned forty-four years. He is a Corban alumnus (1969) and has served Corban as a graphic designer, art director, and director of communications. He is currently vice president for marketing and was in charge of the name change in 2005. He is the editor of Corban Magazine and has been instrumental in the oversight of master planning and campus upgrades that have shaped the campus.

Jane Hunter is associate dean and professor of history at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Her area of study is American cultural and social history, including women's history. After graduating from college, she spent two years teaching English composition in Hong Kong. She also taught for ten years at Colby College in Maine, before moving to Oregon in 1990. During 2003-2004, Jane taught American History in Shanghai on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Lee Lewis Husk is a Bend-based freelance writer specializing in healthcare, medicine, and science. She has written for the Bend Bulletin, the Oregonian, Bend Living, and 1859 Oregon's Magazine, as well as dozens of publications of the Oregon Health & Science University. She recently completed a history of dermatology booklet for the OHSU Department of Dermatology. She spent thirteen years at OHSU, serving as the media relations director and spokeswoman, and before that worked as the communications director at the Oregon Medical Association. She graduated from Portland State University in 1978.

Tania Hyatt-Evenson is the Editorial and Outreach Coordinator for The Oregon Encyclopedia. She graduated from Portland State University in 2005 with a Master of Arts Degree in History with a focus on environmental and public history. From 2001 to 2007 she worked as the Education Programs Coordinator at the Oregon Historical Society. She currently coordinates The Oregon Encyclopedia History Night Series and sings with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland of which she has been a member for over twenty years.