HannaLore Hein comes to SHRA with a BA in History and an MA in Applied Historical Research. She has a particular interest in regional and western American history. Her long-standing passion for history led her to enroll in a class taught by renowned historian, Dr. Patricia Limerick as a sophomore at CU-Boulder. Under her guidance, HannaLore became intrigued with the concept of regional history and enrolled in a certificate program offered through The Center of the American West. In May 2011, HannaLore Hein graduated Magna Cum Laude in History with the Center’s certificate in Western American Studies. In the fall of 2012, HannaLore began a graduate program in Applied Historical Research at Boise State University where she focused her studies on entrepreneurial and environmental history of the American West. The culmination of her studies was a master’s thesis that explored the history of two legacy companies in Boise, Idaho and their role in creating a sense of place. In addition, HannaLore participated as an inaugural member of Boise State’s Venture College, a program that teaches students real-world entrepreneurial skills. She also partook in a year-long internship with Stevens Historical Research Associates (SHRA) from 2013-2014, and began full-time work as a Research Historian here after finishing her degree in May 2015.
As a Research Historian with SHRA, HannaLore has added to her subject matter expertise and continued to refine her writing and research skills. She has worked in numerous federal record groups as well as various manuscript collections at the Idaho State Archives, and the Special Collections of UN-Reno, Boise State University, University of Texas-El Paso, New Mexico State University, and the Bancroft Library at UC-Berkeley. Most recently HannaLore became a reader at the Huntington Library and researched in their rare books and manuscripts collections.
In addition to her academic achievements, HannaLore is involved with several organizations. She served on the Board of Directors for the Center of the American West from 2012-2015, before transitioning to an emeritus position, which she currently holds. In May of 2016, the Boise State Alumni Association elected HannaLore to sit on its Board of Directors. That same month she also became an active member of the Boise Junior League, which advocates for the development of women’s potential. Lastly, HannaLore has developed a love of Argentine Tango and is quite involved with Boise Tango and serves on that organization’s Board of Directors as well.