Michelle Thompson was born in Salinas, California, but has spent most of her life in Washington State. Prior to joining SHRA, she had been living in Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia, studying Historic Preservation, working as an Architectural and Landscape Historian, and as a Historic Site Interpreter at President James Monroe’s 1799 estate, Highland. Michelle thoroughly enjoyed her Southern adventures but is thrilled to be back in the west, which she considers home.
As SHRA’s Cultural Resource Specialist, she is an architectural historian with an abiding love for all aspects of the historic built environment. From buildings to bridges, interiors to landscapes, Michelle cares deeply about protecting the precious resources of our country’s past. She has worked on myriad types of historic preservation projects, including the documentation of old southern houses and churches, western landscapes, and National Park sites, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta. She has undergraduate degrees in both Interior Design and Art History and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University’s Charleston campus. In her spare time, you can find Michelle reading historical murder mysteries, jumping into lakes and rivers, and driving the backroads looking for anything historic.