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Members of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation



Mary Oberst


Mary Oberst 
Mary Oberst holds degrees in English Literature (1974) and Law (1984) and was an active supporter of Oregon history projects as first lady from 2003-2011, helping open Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area in 2006 and spearheading a successful fundraising campaign for the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site that raised $1.5 million. Oberst was also an active participant in planning and promoting Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration in 2009 and served for several years as one of Oregon's two advisors to the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Stephen Dow Beckham

Stephen Dow Beckham is Pamplin Professor of History, Emeritus, Lewis & Clark College.  Prof.
Beckham taught courses for forty-two years on the American West, Native Americans, environmental history, and the Pacific Northwest.  He is a former Oregon Professor of the Year, recipient of the American Historical Association's distinguished award, former member of the Board of Advisers of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was a founding board member of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (Restore Oregon).  He has researched and written the exhibits at the Oregon Trail Center, Baker City; Gorge Discovery Center/Wasco County Museum, The Dalles; "Oregon My Oregon" and "Oregon Voices" at the Oregon Historical Society, and other exhibits from the Library of Congress to the master plan for the Hong Kong Museum of History.




Mark Tveskov

Mark Tveskov is a professor of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University and is the Director of the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), which he founded in 1998.  A native of Connecticut, Tveskov has conducted historical and archaeological research in Oregon since 1993. His research interests include prehistoric and historic era archaeology, cultural ecology, identity, colonialism, public archaeology, and cultural resource management.  Most recently, Tveskov has been researching the archaeology of the Rogue River Wars of the 1850s, which has included work at the U.S. Army's Fort Lane, and the discovery of the location of the Battle of Hungry Hill, the site of one of the largest battles of the Indian Wars of the Pacific Northwest.






Julie Osborne - Interim Chair

Julie has worked for more than 25 years in the field of historic preservation. She received her Masters degree from the University of Utah, worked as the National Register coordinator for the states of Utah and Oregon, preservation planner for the city of Salem, cultural resources specialist for ODOT, and as a cultural resources consultant throughout the intermountain and northwest regions. Most recently, Julie worked as the Oregon State Parks Historian, researching OPRD’s historic assets and assisting project managers in exploring options to minimize impacts to heritage park resources. She and her husband, Rick, now live at Fishhawk Lake in Clatsop County. 




Gwendolyn Trice

Gwendolyn is the founder and Executive Director of the
Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, a museum
located in Joseph, Oregon in the center of the Arts and
Cultural District which focuses on collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich history of the multicultural railroad logging community of Maxville, Oregon and similar communities in the Pacific Northwest. Gwendolyn, a videographer contributed key oral history interviews, photographs and transcripts for the Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary, "The Logger's Daughter", which shed light on the little-known history of African American loggers and their families who migrated to Maxville from all over the South and Midwest. Gwendolyn created several references to these individuals such as the Oregon Encyclopedia on-line, Blackpast.org, Preservation Magazine, the Forum Quarterly, and the Oregon Historic Quarterly.Gwendolyn also serves on the Oregon State Advocacy Commissionon of Black Affairs, and is a 2015 recipient of the Oregon Women of Achievement Award.



David Harrelson

David is the Cultural Resources Department Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (CTGR). He has worked in the cultural resources management field since 2010. He is Kalapuya and an enrolled member of CTGR. His recent work as Cultural Resources Manager has included development and reopening of Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center as well as overseeing the development of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office at CTGR.








Stephen Mark


Stephen R. Mark joined the National Park Service in 1988 as a historian and is based at Crater Lake National Park.  He also serves Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, but has also completed projects for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, Yosemite National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Steve contributes entries to the Oregon Encyclopedia, and has written books and articles about the Pacific Northwest, especially its public lands.  His work also includes historic preservation, both as a compliance specialist and researcher, specializing in linear resources and rustic architecture.