Building on history

The Campaign for a New Home

The FHS Building on History campaign is a $7-million initiative to construct the first building designed specifically to accommodate the collections and work of the FHS. This new facility will advance research, practice, and collaboration by increasing library, archival, and study space. It will also add 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 is constructing a new library, archives, and headquarters that will be 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 to be designed from the ground up to accommodate the collections and work of the Society. It will transform the way we work and contribute to the work of others. We welcome your participation in this historic initiative.


It’s easy to make a big gift by spreading payments over several years.



Construction is Underway!

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. Construction is on schedule for a fall 2018 completion. Click on the Pictures arrow below for pictures of the FHS groundbreaking ceremony and construction progress.

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The Langdale Capstone Challenge

In May 2017, the Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation issued a $250,000 challenge gift. FHS must raise $500,000 in new gifts and pledges to the Building on History campaign by December 2018. Harley Langdale, Jr. (1914–2013) and The Langdale Company have provided decades of support for FHS. We're calling on all donors to help us meet The Langdale Capstone Challenge!

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Help FHS Reach Its Campaign Goal By June 30, 2018!

To date, FHS has raised over $6.5 million in philanthropic gifts and pledges from 172 donors. We are less than $500,000 away from meeting the goal of $7 million by June 30, 2018. If you haven’t already made a commitment, please consider making a gift or a pledge today to invest in the Society’s future. The names of all donors making gifts and pledges of $5,000 and above will be recognized on a donor wall in the new building.

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Donor Stories

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    We invite you to join Forest History Society board members and other leaders in the forest and conservation communities in supporting the Building on History campaign.

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  • 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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Campaign Progress

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$7.0 Million


In-Kind Donations & Sale of Existing Building


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$6.53 Million

Thank You To Our Donors

  • Anonymous (3)
  • Anonymous
    In Honor of the Paper Industry
  • American Forest Management
  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • David L. & Renate S. Andres
  • Keith A. Argow
  • Atlanta Hardwood Corporation
  • Baillie Lumber
  • Henry Barclay III
  • William D. Baughman
  • Ann Smith Bedsole
  • Patty Bedient
  • L. Tom Birdzell
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Susan Bonsall
  • Matthew Morse Booker
  • Ronald M. Bost
  • Christopher R. Boyer
  • Lisa M. Brady
  • Edgar B. Brannon Jr.
  • Hayes D. Brown II
  • Buchanan Hardwoods, Inc., Aliceville, AL
  • Steven & Patricia Burak
  • Harold E. Burkhart
  • Margaret W.G. Carr
  • The Cashdan/Stein Great-Grandmother Fund
  • The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
    In memory of R. J. Sivertsen
  • The Cherbec Advancement Foundation
    In Memory of Carl A. Weyerhaeuser
  • Norm & Portia Christensen
  • Walter L. Cook Jr., PhD
    In Memory of Heinrich von Salish
  • Arthur Cooper
  • Terry S. Collins
  • Truman C. Collins Jr.
  • Columbia Forest Products
  • Kent P. Connaughton
  • Christopher Conte
  • Barbara and Tom Cushing
    In Honor of Herb Winer
  • Christopher Davidson
  • Alexander Davidson
  • F. K. Day
  • Lincoln Day
  • The Lynn & Stanley R. Day Fund
  • Stanley R. Day, Jr.
  • Vivian W. Day
  • Doug Decker & Marie Mahon
    In Honor of Howard & June Decker
  • Chip and Margaret Dillon
  • The Driscoll Foundation
    In Memory of Lynn W. Day
  • Dr. & Mrs. Frank Dottori
  • The Elise R. Donohue Charitable Trust
  • Thomas R. Dunlap
  • F&W Forestry Services Inc.
  • Stephen E. Fairweather 50
  • Susan Flader
  • Forest Resource Consultants, Inc.
  • The Carol & Carter Fox Family Fund
  • Frazier & Deeter LLC
  • Kent Gilges
  • Nancy & Blaine Gaustad
  • Allison Haltom
  • Hancock Natural Resources Group
  • The Harrigan Family Foundation
    In Memory of Dwight Harrigan
  • Virginia S. Harrigan
    In Memory of Dwight Harrigan
  • Dudley R. Hartel
  • Gary & Lynne Hartshorn
  • Hancock Natural Resource Group
  • Healey Timber
  • Robert G. Healy
  • The Hearthstone Foundation
  • Joy Hodges
  • Huber Engineered Woods
  • Humboldt/Mendocino Redwood Company
  • John & Ruth Huss
  • Timothy A. Ingraham
  • Bob Izlar
  • Mr. & Mrs. Hunter R. Jenkins
  • Scott Jones
  • Lucy Rosenberry Jones
  • Richard Judd
  • John T. Karakash
  • Chester Kearse, Jr.
  • Kearse Land and Timber Corporation
    In Memory of W. Harold Kearse
  • Robert C. Kellison
  • L. Michael & Karen C. Kelly
  • The J.W. Kieckhefer Family
  • Klumb Lumber Company
    In Memory of Buddy Klumb
  • The Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation
  • The Langdale Company
  • Nancy Langston
  • L. Keville Larson
  • Larson & McGowin
  • Stallworth M. Larson
  • Russ Lea
  • Louisiana Pacific Building Products
  • The Lyme Timber Company
  • Doug & Ruth Ann MacCleery
  • Glenn Mason
  • Scott & Nina McCampbell
  • George Weyerhaeuser Jr. & Kathy McGoldrick
  • John P. McMahon
  • Thomas E. McMillan, Jr.
    In memory of Ed Leigh McMillan II
  • Tony & Gretchen Melchiors
  • Menasha Forest Products Corp.
    In Honor of Mark Wilde
  • Brooks & Elizabeth Mendell
  • Jean-Claude & Lisette Mercier
    In Memory of William Duerr
  • Peter & Carolyn Mertz
  • Char Miller & Judy Lipsett
  • The MillsDavis Foundation
  • Dick Molpus
  • Susan Ferriers Moore
  • moss+ross
  • Peter J. Murphy
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Sharlene Nelson
  • William & Lee Nightingale
  • Nicholas School of the Environment
  • David L. Nunes
  • Rob Olszewski
  • Peeples Industries, Inc.
  • Edward W. & Beverly Phares
  • Frederick & Catherine Piasecki
  • John & Gretchen Piasecki
  • The Piasecki Family Foundation
  • Vivian W. Piasecki
  • John & Erin Pitcher
  • Port Blakely Companies
  • Jim and Pam Porter
  • Richard & Rita Porterfield
  • Lucia Peel Powe
    In Memory of E.K. Powe III
  • Jonathan & Jennifer Prather
  • Kurt Pregitzer
  • Peter W. Prutzman
  • Cody Reiter
  • The Rhodes Family of Charleston, SC
    In Honor of Dorothy McLeod Rhodes
  • W. McLeod Rhodes
  • Daniel Richter, Jr.
  • Eugene S. & Elizabeth T. Robbins
  • David Roby
  • The Rodman Foundation
  • The Rosenberry Charitable Term Trust
  • Russwood Library Furniture
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roger Sedjo
  • The Sequoia Foundation
  • Seven Islands Land Company
  • Theresa Larson Scheetz
  • William C. Siegel
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • The Simpson Family Fund
  • Sizemore & Sizemore
    In memory of William & Mary Sizemore
  • Cherida Collins Smith
  • Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
  • Southern Pine Plantations
  • B. Bond Starker
  • Starker Forests, Inc.
  • George & Emma Steen Family
    In Honor of Harold K. Steen
  • Michelle Steen-Adams
  • Peter R. Stein
  • Donald L. Stevens, Jr.
  • Jeffrey K. Stine
  • Christopher R.W.D. Stroh
  • Structural Wood Systems
  • Superior Pine Products Company
  • Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP
  • Benjamin R. Tarbutton
  • Charles M. Tarver
  • Blake E. Titcomb
  • Frederick W. Titcomb
  • Third Bridge Group LTD
    In Honor of Mark Wilde
  • Larry Tombaugh
  • Richard P. Tucker
  • Lauren Turner
  • James T. Tweedie
  • Charles & Carol VanOver
  • R. Scott Wallinger
  • Allan & Joyce West
  • The Frederick & Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Foundation
  • George H. Weyerhaeuser Sr.
  • Rick Weyerhaeuser & Annie Brewster
  • Ted & Nancy Weyerhaeuser
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Mark & Mary Wilde
  • Penelope P. Wilson
  • Ed Wilson
  • Herbert I. Winer
  • Peter H. Wood
    In Memory of William Bartram
  • The Zenn Family
  • F. Christian Zinkhan
    In Memory of George M. Zinkhan, Jr