755 Myra Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362

Pioneer Settlement

Horse Era Agriculture

Military Exhibits




James Payne, M.S.

Executive Director and Principal Investigator


Before joining the FWWM, James spent a decade doing archaeology and teaching in Michigan while attending graduate classes at the University of Michigan.  As Museum Director for the last ten years, he has gained vast knowledge of Walla Walla Valley history, places, documentation, and people. James is also an expert in historic American military material culture.


Ashley Morton, M.A., Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA)

Archaeology Program Manager


Ashley received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2005 and an M.A, in Anthropology with an emphasis on Historical Archaeology from the University of Idaho in 2013. She has 10 years of cultural resource management experience across the American West (AZ, NV, CA, ID, and WA). Her areas of interest and expertise include late 19th and early 20th century rural and urban society and material culture, gender and identity, and health. Ashley manages all projects conducted by Heritage Research Services, conducts historical background research, literature searches, lab work, and analyses for assessments and completes assessment reports.


Lauren Benz, M.S.

GIS Analyst


Lauren received both, her B.A. in Anthropology (2004) and her M.S in Geographic Information Systems (2012) from the University of Arizona. As an on-call sub-consultant, Lauren serves as the Heritage Research Services GIS Analyst. Specializing in assisting archaeology and environmental organizations meet their geospatial goals, Lauren is owner and principal of BenzGIS Services, LLC.


Jennifer DeJongh, M.A.

Technical Editor


Jennifer earned a B.A. in Geology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1998 and an M.A. in Anthropology, with a focus on Archaeology, from the University of Cincinnati in 2001. She has worked in cultural resource management as a writer/editor, field archaeologist, and educator for more than 15 years in Arizona, New Mexico, and Ohio and has assisted on research projects in Hawaii, Cyprus, and Israel. She currently lives in Tucson, AZ. Jennifer assists as technical editor for Heritage Research Services.


Kelsi McDaniel, B.S.

Field & Lab Technician


Kelsi received her B.S. in Anthropology from Portland State University in the summer of 2014. She assists Heritage Research Services with lab work, database organization, and background research.


Research Associates


Darby C. Stapp, PhD, RPA



Darby received an M.A. and PhD in Historical Archaeology from the University of Idaho and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.  He spent 20 years at the Hanford Site near Richland Washington, where he helped the Department of Energy meet its historic preservation responsibilities. Currently, Darby is owner and principal of Northwest Anthropology LLC, in Richland, WA and Editor of Journal of Northwest Anthropology.



James Knobbs, M.A., RPA



James received a B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology in 1986 from Washington State University and an M.A., in Anthropology from the University of Idaho in 2013. His areas of interest and expertise include shell analysis, ethnobotany, and assisting tribal cultural resource protection programs.


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