Finding a Sense of Place
An Environmental History of Zena
by Bob H. Reinhardt
In 2008, Willamette University purchased 305 acres of forest and farmland in the Eola Hills of Oregon. Zena Forest and Farm, as it is known, became the subject of an interdisciplinary course taught at Willamette University, in which students collaboratively wrote a comprehensive history of Zena, focusing on relationships between people and the land. The result is this book: both a story of a remarkable place and an example of place-based, student-driven pedagogy.
Bob H. Reinhardt is the Visiting Associate Professor of Environmental & Earth Sciences and History at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He holds a PhD in history from the University of California, Davis, and has contributed to various publications, including the Western Historical Quarterly and the California Calisphere project.
Student Contributors: Kevin Bernstein, Kyle Carboni, Philip Colburn, Elena Crecelius, Keller Cyra, Larissa DeHaas, Emily Dougan, Lettajoe Gallup, Morgan Gratz-Weiser, Michael Harder, Lauren Henken, Aaron Jackson, Erica Jensen, Nickolas Lormand, Amanda McClelland, Elise McGlone, Brayton Noll, Erik Sandersen, Emily Schlieman, Heather Smith, Andrew Spittler, Summer Tucker, Lauren Vermilion, Vera Warren, Alec Weeks