The Forest History Society's knowledgeable staff includes a librarian, archivist, historian, and a certified forester. They work cooperatively to help everyone understand the many ways in which humans have interacted with the environment over time. The varied expertise of staff members ensures the success of our programs in research, publication, education, and special events.
If you have a research question, contact the library and archives staff. For general inquiries, please contact Andrea Anderson. Other questions might be answered on our FAQ page.
Our contact information is:
Forest History Society
2925 Academy Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 682-9319
Fax: (919) 682-2349
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Steve Anderson, President and CEO
As president and CEO, Steve oversees all FHS programs, events, and projects. He's edited several conference proceedings published by FHS, and served as a co-executive producer on the FHS-produced award-winning documentary America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. Before joining FHS in 1997, he was a forest economist and forestry professor at Oklahoma State University.
- Andrea H. Anderson, Administrative Assistant
Andrea is the Society's office manager and has worked for FHS since 1991. She supports the President and handles board matters and book orders. Hers is the cheerful voice you hear most often when you call the Society.
- Janet Askew, Assistant Director for Administration
Janet is the Society's bookkeeper and is responsible for managing the Society's payroll and financial records.
- Lauren Bissonette, Librarian
Lauren joined the FHS staff in 2020 after first working on digitization projects in the FHS archives. She is responsible for managing the library, oversees volunteers and interns, provides reference assistance for users, and assists with the webinar series Conversations in Forest History. Lauren is our resident expert when it comes to the latest digital technologies deployed in capturing oral history interviews or converting analogue media to digital format. Before coming to FHS, Lauren was a Library Assistant for Wake County, NC. Lauren holds a Master’s of Information in Library Science with a concentration in Cultural Heritage from Simmons University.
- Laura Hayden, Development Associate
Laura joined the FHS staff in 2018. She is working with FHS leadership to broaden the awareness of FHS in the community, increasing corporate support, and bringing new groups and financial support to the FHS Annual Fund. She helps coordinate our webinar series Conversations in Forest History.
- Eben Lehman, Archivist and Director of Library and Archives
Eben joined the FHS staff in 2007. He is responsible for the oversight, management, and long-range planning of the archives and library. He works on the digitization and cataloging of the Society's photograph collection, provides reference assistance, manages the FHS research databases, and processes archival collections. If you need an image or moving footage for your book or film, contact Eben. He co-edits and co-authors the blog "Peeling Back the Bark," coordinates social media communications and outreach, and also assists with the webinar series Conversations in Forest History. His previous archival work includes several years with the Missouri State Archives. Eben earned a Master’s of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina but is a lifelong fan of the Duke Blue Devils.
- James Lewis, Historian
A former FHS Bell Travel Grant recipient, Jamie started with FHS in 2003. He has served as editor of and contributor to the Society's magazine Forest History Today since 2007, hosts the webinar series Conversations in Forest History, and co-edits and co-authors the blog "Peeling Back the Bark." In addition, he researches and writes articles, gives public presentations, conducts oral history interviews, provides reference assistance, consults on documentary films, and handles other special writing and editing assignments. Jamie served as a co-executive producer, co-writer, and historical consultant on the FHS-produced award-winning documentary America's First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment. He is the author of The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History, the companion book to the documentary film, The Greatest Good, and edited the book Lands Worth Saving: The Weeks Act of 1911, the National Forests and the Enduring Value of Public Investment. He holds a PhD in U.S. history from Florida State University, but his heart belongs to James Madison University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees.