Building on history

The Campaign for a New Home

The FHS Building on History campaign was our $7 million initiative to construct the first building designed specifically to accommodate the collections and work of the FHS. This new facility advances research, practice, and collaboration by increasing library, archival, and study space. It also adds an important new multipurpose meeting space for collaborative opportunities at the local, national, and international levels.


After 34 years in a converted office building, the Forest History Society has constructed a new library, archives, and headquarters that has already become a point of pride for the forest and conservation communities. Nestled on 8.6 wooded acres, this 16,750-square-foot building is the first one designed from the ground up to accommodate the collections and work of the Society. It is transforming the way we work and contribute to the work of others. We welcome your participation in this historic initiative.

Check Out The Construction!

Construction of the Forest History Society’s new facility kicked off on October 27, 2017, with a groundbreaking ceremony. Current and former members of the Board of Directors, FHS staff, and invited guests participated in this historic milestone in the Society’s history. Click on the Pictures arrow below for pictures of the FHS groundbreaking ceremony and construction progress.


The Langdale Capstone Challenge

In May 2017, the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation issued a $250,000 challenge gift. Harley Langdale, Jr. (1914–2013) and The Langdale Company have provided decades of support for FHS. We thank all donors to The Langdale Capstone Challenge!

Donor Stories

  • Inspiring Others – Mrs. Penelope Wilson

    Penelope Perkins Wilson has a deep and abiding love for art, education, architecture, conservation, and historic preservation, and she has found supporting FHS to be a meaningful way to transform those loves into broad impact. The grand-niece of pioneering forestry educator Carl Alwin Schenck, Mrs. Wilson’s support was instrumental in developing and helping the FHS documentary…

  • The Gift of a Lifetime – L. Michael and Karen C. Kelly

    Michael and Karen Kelly have no shortage of funding priorities, including college expenses for two daughters, various local and national charities and the building and renovation of a 384-acre farm where, working with numerous local and national rescue groups, they have fostered over 150 dogs to date, caring for them at their own expense and…

  • An Educator’s Legacy – Michelle Steen-Adams

    Michelle Steen-Adams is an affiliate social scientist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, where she conducts applied research on fire-prone forests to inform wildland fire policy and management. Her research spans the fields of forest social sciences, environmental history, tribal forestry, and forest landscape ecology. Michelle taught courses in forest…

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