The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Peggy Baldwin lives in Portland, and is a librarian and professional genealogist doing research for clients via her business Family Passages. She is a descendent of four lines of Oregon Trail pioneers and an Oregon history enthusiast. She graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Business Administration and has a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Oregon. She also attends annually the Institute of Historical and Genealogical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, taking courses in advanced genealogical research methods.


Val Ballestrem is an independent historian and the education manager for the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center in Portland. A life-long Oregonian, he has a master’s degree in western U.S. history and public history from Portland State University.


Katrine Barber is associate professor of history at Portland State University. She teaches Pacific Northwest, western U.S. history, and public history. She is a member of the Native American Studies faculty and is the director of the Center for Columbia River History (www.ccrh.org), a consortium of PSU, Washington State University Vancouver, and the Washington State Historical Society. She left her home town of Portland, Oregon, for graduate studies at Washington State University, where she earned her doctorate in American Studies in 1999. She is the author of Death of Celilo Falls (University of Washington Press, 2005).


Dr. Barton H. Barbour teaches early North American and U.S. History at Boise State University and has published a number of books and articles about fur traders, Indians, and the U.S. government. His 2001 book, Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade, was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award for historical non-fiction. His recent biography, Jedediah Smith: No Ordinary Mountain Man, was published in April 2009 by the University of Oklahoma Press. Barbour is currently working on a book treating the fur trade era at Fort Laramie National Historic Site.


Jean Barman has written extensively on the history of the Pacific Northwest. Among her publications are The West beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (3rd edition, University of Toronto Press, 2007); French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest (UBC Press, 2014), and Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest (University of Hawai’i Press, 2006), co-authored with Bruce McIntyre Watson. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, recipient of Washington State Historical Society’s Charles Gates Award jointly with Bruce Watson, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Tim Barnes is a writer and poet who teaches English and writing at Portland Community College. He has published several essays on C.E.S. Wood and is the co-editor of Wood Works: The Life and Writings of Charles Erskine Scott Wood.


John D. Barnes was born in Florence, Oregon, in 1951. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1977, his first career position in Idaho included efforts to protect two significant historical transportation routes that served early northwest pioneers: the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Oregon Trail.  His interest in these types of historic resources continued when serving as the Cultural Resource Staff Specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry.  In this position he served as project leader for the development of policies and procedures for inventory, survey, and protection of cultural resources on state-owned forest lands.


Connie Hopkins Battaile (pronounced battle), an Oregonian for most of her life, is a retired reference librarian and author of The Oregon Book: Information A to Z (1998). She has been a Chautauqua speaker on “Outside of Ordinary Oregon,” pursues interests in native plants and geology, is a Hospice volunteer, and teaches a course on Final Arrangements in Ashland.


Edwin Battistella is professor of English and writing at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he has served as dean of the School of Arts & Letters and as interim provost.


Mark Beach earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and conducted post doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. He moved to Oregon after teaching at Cornell University and the University of Rochester. Mark lives near Manzanita on the coast, where he collects historical photos and teaches workshops about local history.


Anne Marie Becka is communications director at Willamette University College of Law. Prior to joining the law school in 2005, she was managing editor/production manager for a magazine publisher in Raleigh, N.C. She also worked in newsletter publishing in Chicago and book publishing in St. Louis. Throughout her career, she has held a number of corporate marketing communications positions. She earned master's degrees in print journalism (M.S.) and English literature (M.A.) and completed the Stanford University Professional Publishing Program.


Ralph Beebe holds a B.A. from George Fox University (1954), an M.Ed. from Linfield College (1955), and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (1969, 1972). He taught history at Willamette and Churchill high schools (1957-1974) and at George Fox (1974-1997), where he is now professor emeritus. He is a member of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church and has written its history (A Garden of the Lord, 1968), the history of George Fox University (I, 1991), Blessed are the Peacemakers: The Life of a Palestinian Christian, 1990, 2003), and three other books.


George H. Bell was reared in Klamath Falls. After service in the U.S. Navy, he earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Oregon. His career was in journalism, higher education, and state government. He was Oregon's Assistant Secretary of State during Tom McCall's two terms as governor. His op-ed pieces and feature stories have been published in many Northwest newspapers and magazines. He is retired and lives in Salem.


A graduate of University of California Santa Barbara, Susan N. Bell moved to Salem from Hawaii in l981 and, while working as an Instructor at Chemeketa Community College, became intrigued by Oregon's rich history. She has written articles for Honolulu Magazine, the Hawaiian Journal of History, and contributed to the book Unforgettable True Stories of the Hawaiian Kingdom. In Oregon, she has written for salemhistory.org and is the current editor of Beaver Briefs, a quarterly of the Willamette Genealogical Society, through which she has published several articles. Her present projects include "Salem Yesterdays" and a history of Hawaiians in the Old Oregon Country.


Jon Bell is a freelance writer and the author of On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including Backpacker, the Oregonian, Portland Monthly, and Oregon Business. He graduated with a degree in history from Michigan State University in 1996. An avid outdoorsman, he is a past president of the Ptarmigans Mountaineering Club. He writes from his home in Lake Oswego, where he lives with his family. 


Evedene Bennett is a retired teacher, singer, and music teacher who has lived in Albany for fifty-two years, engrossed in developing arts festivals. She has a degree in music, received a Fulbright scholarship to research beginning reading methods in Europe, and she performed and taped her thesis on old English folk music of the Appalachians for the University of Oregon Archives. She also leads a local writers' group, had an article about the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis published in Private Investigator magazine on the 200th anniversary of his death, authored two genealogy books, is the former program chair of Friends of the Library, and serves as the Conversation Partner program manager for Crossroads International. 


Laura Berg is a communication consultant based in Portland, Oregon. She studied Native American Studies at the University of Montana and holds an undergraduate degree in history from Portland State University. For more than a decade, she served as public information officer and manager for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Her work continues to involve environmental and American Indian related projects. She is editor of The First Oregonians (Oregon Council for the Humanities and OSU Press, 2007), which chronicles the history, heritage, and cultural continuity of the indigenous peoples of Oregon. 


Tim Bergquist has been Professor of Quantitative Analysis at Northwest Christian University since 1996.  He served 20 years in the US Air Force, retiring as a Major in 1991.  He then completed a PhD at the University of Oregon in 1996. His academic background also includes a BS (University of Portland, 1971), MS (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1973), MBA (Santa Clara University, 1975), and MS (Oregon State University, 1985).  He will complete a BA in History in 2015.  He is a member of six professional organizations, the co-author of one statistics textbook, and the author or co-author of over 20 articles and 50 conference papers.


Jack Berry was a reporter and reviewer for the The Oregonian and a reporter and producer at KATU Television in Portland. Currently, he is an archivist for Oregon Public Broadcasting and is working on a book about Jim Pepper.


An accomplished geologist, photographer, environmental advocate, and teacher, Ellen Morris Bishop is passionate about Oregon's geology. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Oregon State University, has researched Oregon's most ancient terranes, authored three books for the general public, including award-winning In Search of Ancient Oregon, and published multiple technical publications. She presently teaches and develops geology programs at Columbia Gorge Community College, and is Programs Director at the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute. Her photographic images portray the Northwest's most geologically-telling landscapes. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband and 3 dogs.


Nick Blackbourn holds a Master's degree in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is currently a doctoral candidate. He is based in Portland, writing a dissertation on U.S. Cold War history during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter.


Patricia L. Blair has worked with The Storytelling Guild (www.storytellinguild.org) Medford (Jackson County) to produce Children's Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon for 43 years. Pat, recipient of 2006 Jefferson Award and Oregon Library Association's Lampman Award, was Children's Librarian/Coordinator of Children's Services for Jackson County Library until 2001 and an OLA Life Member.  The Medford Library's Children's Room is named for Pat Blair. She is a past board member of The Britt Music Festival, Carpenter Foundation, The Ginger Rodgers Theater, and Rogue Valley Art Association. She is a Life Member of RVAA and a member of Plein Air Painters of Oregon.


Dr. Willard B. Bleything completed his undergraduate studies (BS), graduate professional studies (OD), and two years of post-doctoral studies (MS) in children’s vision at Pacific University. Currently, he holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor of Optometry and Public Health, Emeritus-in-Residence, Pacific University. Here, he served for seventeen years as the Dean of Optometry and one year as Provost/Academic Vice-President. Other positions include past-president of the Oregon Optometric Assn., Oregon Board of Examiners in Optometry, and past Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Council of Optometry. He has over forty publications and has lectured extensively in Asia and Europe.


Frederick J. Blue received his BA at Yale University (1958) and his PhD at the University of Wisconsin (1965) in the field of 19th century American History. He has held positions at Youngstown State University and the University of Oregon, and has published several books, including The Free Soilers: Third-party Politics, 1848-54 (1973) and No Taint of Compromise: Crusaders in Antislavery Politics (2005).


Peter Boag, a native of Portland, traces his Oregon roots to the 1850s. He earned his B.A. at the University of Portland (1983), his Ph.D. in history at the University of Oregon (1988), and has taught as a professor at Idaho State University (1989-2002) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (2002-2009). Since 2009 he has held the Columbia Chair in the History of the American West at Washington State University. Professor Boag has written and published on the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest and the American West.


Richard "Dick" Bogle, a fifth-generation Oregonian, attended Hosford Elementary and Washington High schools in Portland before attending Oregon State College and Portland State College. In 1959, he became a Portland police officer, serving in several investigative capacities until he resigned in 1968 to become a news reporter at KATU-TV. He was elected to the Portland City Council in 1985 and served two four-year terms. Retiring in 1993, freelance writing and photography fill his time, but his passion is jazz. He was the host of a weekly jazz radio program on KMHD 89.1 FM and photographed many world-class jazz musicians. Dick Bogle passed away on February 25, 2010.


Darren Borgias, a conservation ecologist from Ashland, has worked for twenty-two years with The Nature Conservancy in southern Oregon. He earned an M.S. at Western Washington University and gained experience in natural resources with the National Park Service on the Channel Islands of southern California, the Catalina Island Marine Institute, and the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Darren helped establish and expand several natural area preserves, and he guides their ongoing stewardship. He works closely with stakeholders to restore important forest, woodland, and grassland landscapes and has written a number of technical reports in that vein. 


Mary K. Bothwell is a retired educator who grew up in the West, lived for several years in the South Pacific, and has traveled widely throughout the world. At present, she resides in Portland, Oregon.


Robert Boyd is a contracting anthropologist, author, and affiliated research professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1985, and his research speciality is the early contact history and culture of the Native Americans of Oregon and Washington states. He is author of People of The Dalles: the Indians of Wascopam Mission (1996) and The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence: introduced infectious diseases and population decline among Northwest Coast Indians, 1774-1874(1999), editor of Indians, Fire, and the Land in the Pacific Northwest  (1999), and co-editor of Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia (2013). He is currently working on a manuscript titled "Before Portland: the Native Americans' Wappato Valley," a historical ethnography of the Native people of the Portland Basin before removal in 1855-56. 


Bob Boyd has taught for thirty years in the Bend-LaPine School District and has been associated with the High Desert Museum since its opening in 1982. He is currently the Museum's western history curator and curated a number of exhibits that focus on the region's history, including Buckaroo! The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert, Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert, Gum San: Land of the Golden Mountain, and A Century of Service: The U.S. Forest Service in the High Desert.


Matthew Branch has written and presented a number of essays on radical environmentalism in the Pacific Northwest. He conducted an ethnography of tree sitters for his master's degree in folklore at the University of Oregon. During that project, he interviewed dozens of forest defenders, became involved with actions near Eugene, and participated in a tree-sit outside Arcata, California. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in cultural geography at Pennsylvania State University.


Charlene Brown is the co-founder and curator of the Willamina Museum of Local History and the author of eight books on local history. For six years, she researched and shared history through a weekly column, Slivers of History published in The Sun newspaper. In 2009, she received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award for her efforts on behalf of the Willamina museum and the community's history.


Valerie Brown is an Oregon musician and writer. She was active in the Portland music scene throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, playing in the band Moonstone, working as a solo singer-songwriter, and as a member of the a cappella group Betty Romaine. She also worked as a modern dance accompanist at Reed College, Dancers’ Workshop, and Portland State University. In 1991, she earned a master’s degree at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Her thesis examined formal and informal censorship of popular music in the 1950s.


Sheri Bartlett Browne, assistant professor of history at Tennessee State University, received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include the history of women writers and historians in the West, literary biography, and intellectual history. She is the author of Eva Emery Dye: Romance with the West and is currently writing a cultural biography of Frances Fuller Victor.


Vicki Anne Bryden is long-time resident of Medford and a retired elementary teacher and library media specialist for Medford Schools. A historic preservation activist, she wrote the 1978 application for the South Oakdale Historic District for the National Trust of Historic Places. She is also a volunteer and board member for community historical and arts organizations. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southern Oregon College. 


Bob Bumstead taught English at the junior high and high school levels in Eugene for thirty-three years.  For the past twelve years he has taught as an assistant professor for Pacific University’s College of Education where he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Education.


Robert Bunting is professor of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. A fourth-generation Oregonian, he has written numerous publications on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, including The Pacific Raincoast: Environment and Culture in an American Eden, 1778-1900 (University of Kansas, 1997), an article in The American West: Environmental Problems in America's Garden of Eden (Taylor & Francis, 2001), the introduction to Urling C. Coe’s Frontier Doctor: Observations on Central Oregon & the Changing West (OSU Press, 1996), and articles in Environmental History Review and Pacific Northwest Quarterly.


Heather Burmeister is currently a graduate student in public history at Portland State University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2009. Before college, she was active in the writing and performing arts community of Austin, Texas. She was a member of two dance companies, SPANK! and Brigid's Daisy. Her life goals include the research, analysis, and writing of histories of underrepresented populations, especially GLBTQ histories, with an awareness of race, class, gender, and ability; to make these histories more accessible to this and future generations; to promote historical knowledge as important to personal, political, and community growth and sustenance.


Casey Bush is an administrator in the research department of the Legacy Health System. He is a well-known Portland poet. Casey is the senior editor of poetry and book reviews for The Bear Deluxe, an environmental arts magazine. He is also nonfiction editor for the on-line magazine Writers Dojo.


Virginia L. Butler is a Professor in the Anthropology Department at Portland State University. Her research focus is zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from archaeological sites, which she uses to examine long-term relationships between people and fish. Her interest in Cressman stems from her 1980s dissertation research investigating the salmon bones from The Dalles Roadcut site, which he excavated in the 1950s. Her geographic focus is western North America. She has published papers in a range of journals including American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of World Prehistory, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Quaternary Research, and Ecology and Society.