12 / 07 / 17

Behind the Scenes: Insights of an Interpretive Planner

Interview with Halley Fehner, CIP, Content Director, Exhibits and Interpretive Planning How did your background influence your decision to become an Interpretive Planner? I come from a history-loving family who also really like to hike, so we visited a lot of historic sites, Civil War battlefields, museums, and national parks when I was growing up…. Read more »

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11 / 06 / 17

The Modern Museum: Trends in Cultural Institutions

Museums and historical sites are keepers of the past, but the ways they convey and share stories are constantly evolving. Today, institutions are actively redefining what it means to be a steward of history by updating interpretation, broadening audiences, and investing in new technologies. At History Associates, we attend conferences, seminars, and other training sessions,… Read more »

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09 / 26 / 17

Hidden Figures: Unearthing Black History in Museums and Archives

Museums and archives preserve and tell significant stories. They also serve their visitors, connecting people to their histories and providing an opportunity to hear otherwise unheard voices. Historically, both of these types of institutions were places of privilege, but today they serve increasingly diverse communities that demand inclusive narratives. As museums and archives work to… Read more »

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05 / 08 / 17

A Day in the Life of an Archivist: Processing the Garcia Papers

More Product, Less Process – Interview with Erica Williams, Archivist and Records Manager What is your role at History Associates? I’ve been an archivist at History Associates for 11 years now. It was my first job out of grad school. We’re a team of historians and archivists who are hired by private companies, government organizations,… Read more »

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04 / 25 / 17

Vanishing History: Sites of The Green Book

When spring arrives, many families start thinking about taking a road trip. The iconic family road trip represents freedom and spontaneity for many, but not so long ago; a significant portion of the U.S. population could not plan a road trip at whim. During segregation, navigating the country proved difficult and dangerous for African Americans,… Read more »

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03 / 13 / 17

Stories from the Archives: The Personal Papers of Dr. Hector P. Garcia

In 1949, a single act of discrimination galvanized the Mexican-American civil rights movement. The widow of an American serviceman killed in action was denied use of a chapel for funeral services because her husband, Felix Z. Longoria, was Hispanic. First-hand accounts of the outcry that followed and Mr. Longoria’s eventual burial at Arlington National Cemetery… Read more »

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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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