Western Cultural Staff

Dan Hall bio pic Daniel S. Hall, MA, has been involved with historic preservation and the study of Western history and prehistory for over twenty three years. During this time he has authored numerous reports on the prehistory and history of the Rocky Mountain West, the Colombia Plateau and the Great Plains. He has worked on a number of projects involving resources associated with Lewis and Clark, military expeditions and military forts, homesteading, agriculture, mining, as well as a wide variety of prehistoric resources. He has supervised and conducted cultural resource surveys across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, and Washington. Past projects include visual impact analysis for cellular communication equipment installation, power line transmission surveys, historic mining surveys, historic urban surveys, and environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. Mr. Hall has served as principal investigator for a wide range of corporate and government clients, including Tetra Tech, Inc., Maxim Technologies, CDM, Inc. and government agencies such as the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Missoula County, and the City of Missoula. Mr. Hall has extensive experience with remote sensing applications including investigations at Travelers Rest, Marysville, Fort Missoula, Lou Lou’s grave site, and Fort Benton, Montana, utilizing magnetometers, electromagnetic conductivity, electromagnetic resistivity, ground penetrating radar, metal detectors, and geochemical analysis.


Bill Norman bio pic Bill Norman, MA, University of Montana, joined Western Cultural, Inc. in May of 2012. Mr. Norman's Master's Thesis, explored the historic archaeology of German Gulch, Montana. Bill worked for three summers as an Archaeological Technician for the Helena and Lewis and Clark National Forests. Bill has participated in cultural resource surveys using pedestrian transects which included filling out site forms in the field, mapping sites, keeping daily field notes and photograph logs, utilizing GPS units, digital cameras, two-way radios, a compass, and topographic maps. He is experienced in subsurface investigations which included excavating by arbitrary levels and/or by following and pedalstalling resources, filling out excavation unit forms, creating soil profiles, mapping units, recording, bagging and tagging artifacts, and screening excavated soils. Project experiences include editing/production of prehistoric site forms and isolated find forms and report administration. Mr. Norman's experience includes site location map editing/production, GIS mapping, sketch map editing/production, artifact photo logs, photo editing, transcription and artifact analysis and cataloging. Computer skills include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop elements 2.0, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel, as well as a number of web based editing and database entry programs.


Vest_Jay_2016 bio pic Jay Vest, BA, University of Central Florida, joined Western Cultural, Inc. in May of 2016. He is currently completing his Masters of Antropology/Cultural Heritage at the University of Montana. His thesis focuses on the overlooked data potential and cultural significance of historic inscriptions in the Northwestern United States. Mr. Vest has worked on multiple Class I, II, and III cultural resources surveys throughout Montana, as well as professional monitoring and data recovery excavations. Mr. Vest has also participated in mulitple field schools in Belize, Florida, and The Bahamas, conducting controlled exavations and artifact analysis. He has experience in performing pedestrian transects, historic structure assessments, mapping sites, producing and editing of archaeological and isolated find field forms, draft cultural resource reports, and complete condition assessments for archaeological resources.


patiencewoodill_web.jpg Patience Woodill, BA, Organizational Communication and Media Arts. Patience was raised in an Air Force/Navy family, and grew up traveling. Formerly a Regional Manager in audio-visual services for several destination hotels in Washington, D.C. Patience enjoyed the opportunity to work with government agencies, political officials, and representatives along with several national and international companies on a daily basis while managing the audio visual services to hotels in Washington, Virginia and Maryland. In 1983, she moved to San Diego to manage a meeting production company. After twelve years in production and traveling in the meeting industry, the family moved to Missoula. In 2006, a new opportunity to work in the construction industry presented itself. Patience served as the Construction Site Manager for the 75K sq. ft. DirecTV Call Center in Missoula, and was requested to work on another call center just south of Dallas, TX for Alliance Data Systems where she spent almost a year. Following the call center build in Texas, she managed the rehabilitation of the Bonner Company houses and worked with Western Cultural on the historical nomination for the Historical District and Bonner houses in 2007 and 2008. Ms. Woodill’s experience in program management, coordination, marketing, graphic art/design and layout were utilized with the University of Montana School of Law for three years when she accepted her current position with Western Cultural, Inc.


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