12 / 09 / 16

Making the Most of Milestones: Four Tips for Creating Effective History Timelines

With its 35th anniversary approaching, History Associates faced a question that will be familiar to many companies and institutions—how to mark the occasion. How best to highlight events in our past, while also telling a story about who we are and what we do?  What form should it take? In years past we have written articles… Read more »

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09 / 19 / 16

“History Is In Everything”

“History is in everything.” In many ways those are the words Gretchen Case has built her career on. Dr. Case is an assistant professor in medical humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine where she deftly navigates intersections between the arts, humanities, and science—often using history as a vehicle. A small, but significant… Read more »

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08 / 22 / 16

Unsung Treasures of the National Park Service

August 25, 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. NPS is best known for its stewardship of America’s natural wonders, but its mission includes the preservation of places with cultural and historical significance as well. What many people may not realize is that in addition to preserving these important spaces, NPS also… Read more »

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07 / 25 / 16

Targeting Historical Federal Contracts: Research Strategies That Work

The federal government does much of its business through contracts. These documents define the relationship between the government and its contractors. Sometimes, years later, disputes arise involving the work performed under these agreements. Knowing the terms and context of these documents has helped our clients to resolve a variety of long-standing environmental, toxic tort, product… Read more »

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06 / 21 / 16

The Power of a Picture: Navigating High Resolution Image Acquisition and Licensing

Graphics provide powerful snapshots of historic events. We can all think of images that transported us back in time. Do you shiver for those determined patriots crossing the icy Delaware River beside George Washington? Or feel distressed by the mother’s haunting stare in Dorothea Lange’s famous Depression-era photograph? Considering the possibility for images to not… Read more »

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06 / 20 / 16

What’s Your Legacy? The Enduring Value of an Archive

Upon winning a championship or leaving office, sports figures and politicians are often asked to speculate about their legacy. Although leaving a legacy is something one may aspire to, it is really only something we see in retrospect. Such reflection requires perspective. Let me share a case in point in the context of History Associates’… Read more »

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05 / 23 / 16

Tip for Creating a Memorable Company History – Oral Histories

A chronological timeline of events might form the backbone of a company history, but the details within the events are what makes for a good story. Oral histories provide the personal recollections that can make the account of an event much more memorable and meaningful. For example, History Associates began when two of our founders… Read more »

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05 / 16 / 16

Behind the scenes on the Road to Tokyo: Telling the story of America’s WWII War in the Pacific

Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries opened at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans last December after more than two years of intense work by a team of Museum staff, media producers, designers, fabricators, and content developers. History Associates served on the content development team for the new installation, which features ten galleries, each… Read more »

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05 / 09 / 16

Advice on Donating Congressional Records – What Members of Congress Should Know

Many Members of Congress choose to donate their personal papers to a state university or their alma mater. This historical legacy – including constituent correspondence, legislative research, and personal notes – could provide important insights for future policymakers and the public. What Members and their staff might not realize is that the accepting repository has… Read more »

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04 / 25 / 16

How Companies Use the Past to Energize the Present

Milestones turn us all into company historians. When significant events transpire – a major company anniversary, a merger with another company, the retirement of a founder, or even a crisis – we tend to stop and reflect on the past. After all, the significance of the event is only truly appreciated when viewed in the… Read more »

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