T. holds a Masters Degree in History from Boise State University, where he also received his BA in History, with minors in English and philosophy. In his graduate studies he emphasized the urban history of the American west, focusing particularly on the Progressive-Era suburban expansion of Boise. For his thesis, he researched the early twentieth-century development of the neighborhoods around State and 27th Streets, Boise's West End.
During his graduate studies, T. worked for the City of Boise as the City Historian, and assisted in the merging of that office with the City Arts Commission to form the new City of Department of Arts and History in 2008. He now serves on the History Steering Committee for that department, helping to develop collections and resources, and providing historical research and analysis to inform civic growth and planning. He is a member of Preservation Idaho's new modernism advocacy committee, and an occasional instructor at BSU. This spring, he is teaching a workshop on Idaho's literary history, with more to follow.
Three sets of T.’s great-grandparents emigrated to Idaho in the 1910s, settling in Boise by the 1920s. All three sides of the family have been here since, and T. carries on this tradition of longevity. He currently lives in the North End with his wife Christine and children Augustine and Severin. Their circa 1910 bungalow is in a perpetual state of restoration and rehabilitation.
For the PI blog, T. plans to write about a range of subjects on history and preservation, from the history of Boise’s neighborhoods and infrastructure to pieces on the theories and practice of preservation and planning. Along with such academic-minded posts he’ll write more casual observations on the landscape of the North End, and practical accounts of the challenges and rewards of living in an old home in a historic district.