04 / 05 / 18

A Historic Presidents Race

Major league baseball is a sport steeped in history, tradition, and statistics. With the start of the 2018 baseball season officially underway we thought it would be fun to examine one of the traditions of our local MLB team, the Washington Nationals — the Presidents race. Most major league teams try to keep their crowds… 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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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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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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06 / 24 / 15

A Beginning, a Middle, and an End: The Difference between Chronology and History

Everyone knows that history is supposed to provide a solid record and perhaps even teach us something. We also know that a compelling history is, above all, a good story. But how to create it? There is an old saw, “life is one damn thing after another,” which occasionally gets sharpened up and applied to… Read more »

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11 / 18 / 14

Taking Timelines Beyond Two Dimensions

Museum exhibits have long used timelines to communicate events and trends. Sprawling across museum walls, these time-tested graphics pack in details and provide context to a general audience. However, history is not two dimensional. As demand for online history increases, new and innovative virtual exhibits have become available. These more engaging experiences take advantage of… Read more »

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02 / 28 / 11

Interpretation, Imagination, and the Art of Historical Writing

We are a society that distrusts historical writing. Preoccupation with the past is a weakness — rugged individualists look to the future. “Revisionism” invites contempt. The past is behind us and should stay put: how can there be a “new” interpretation?  But we delight in a good story nonetheless. Whether in conversation or on the… Read more »

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