Building a Place for History
Patrick Harshbarger is Vice President at Hunter Research, Inc., a Trenton-based cultural resources management firm. He currently oversees the firm’s work in historical research, historic architectural survey, interpretive and preservation planning, and industrial archaeology. With more than 35 years of experience, he has worked in 21 states for a variety of clients from federal and state agencies to municipalities and not-for-profits. Although he entered the profession with a background in historic site management and industrial history and is considered a national expert in historic bridges and engineering, his experiences and projects are varied, and in recent years have included those that focus more specifically on under-represented histories, especially in the New Jersey and New York City areas. Representative projects include interpretation of the archaeological remains of a free Black community known as Seneca Village in Central Park, integration of the military at Naval Air Station New York during World War II, and the National Register Nomination for the Mount Zion AME Church in Montgomery Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.