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David M. Hansen

David M. Hansen is a historian specializing in military architecture and a former Washington State Historic Preservation Officer. He is an authority on the preservation of historic military properties, and has worked as a consultant for private architectural firms as well as the National Park Service. He has written extensively on historic preservation—especially seacoast fortification—for professional and interest groups. He speaks at conferences related to his field in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the United States. In addition, he is a founding member of the Scientific Committee on Fortifications and Military Heritage, a component of UNESCO’s International Council of Monuments and Sites.

Hansen is the author of “Battle Ready: The National Coast Defense System and the Fortification of Puget Sound, 1894–1925” and a co-author of “Built in Washington,” published by WSU Press in 1989. He holds degrees from the University of Washington and The Evergreen State College, and is a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon.

He currently resides in Olympia, Washington.

Author’s Awards:
Award of Outstanding Merit, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation, California Preservation Foundation
Outstanding Career in Achievement in Historic Preservation, Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

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