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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06 / 24 / 15

Documenting Shock and Awe: Researching Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

This post is featured on the History Associates timeline. It is ironic that our most recent military history is at risk of being lost. Changes in decades-old recordkeeping have created gaps in the historical record of 21st century military conflicts. This poses serious problems for policy makers, veterans, and our collective memory. However, utilizing creative… 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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06 / 08 / 15

Mid-Year 2015 Grant Opportunities for Museums and Cultural Collections

Collecting organizations of many types, from museums to small firms, can be eligible for grant funding to support collection management, collection stewardship, and database management. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently posted some new guidelines for its Humanities Collections and Reference Resource grant applications along with other helpful resources. In our experience, winning… Read more »

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03 / 03 / 15

Mapping History: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Historical Maps

On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in what would become a turning point of the Second World War. There are many ways to portray this pivotal moment, but eyewitness accounts, photographs, and artifacts only tell part of the story. Maps, however, can tie these pieces together, adding a… Read more »

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12 / 04 / 14

How One Company Reduced Off-Site Records Storage Costs

Storing inactive records in an off-site facility can save space and costs, but these records, like active ones stored in your office, still need to be managed according to a retention schedule and destroyed appropriately. If such actions are not taken, the costs of keeping unnecessary records can negate the savings made possible by placing… Read more »

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11 / 21 / 14

Preventing Data Loss: Steps Toward Long-Term Digital Preservation

Will you be able to access your important digital documents twenty years from now? Data from NASA’s Viking missions to Mars in the 1970s was nearly lost to history. It was stored on magnetic tape that began to dry out and crack. Realizing the problem, NASA completed the painstaking task of transferring this data onto… Read more »

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