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Bring your history to light

Your organization’s history is a priceless asset and an invaluable resource. Countless insights and innovations, challenges met and obstacles overcome—not to mention years of effort—make your business what it is today. Your stories tell potential clients what you can accomplish, inspire employees to work together toward common goals, and frame your vision for the future. Don’t keep a masterpiece in the shadows; bring your history to light.

Our expert historians create corporate history books, develop web and video histories, and conduct oral history projects that recover and share the stories that form the essence of your organizational identity. We bring in political, economic, social, and cultural context to show the full dimensions of your organization’s contributions to its customers, its employees, and its industry.

We give your history new life with a fresh narrative and engaging storytelling. Our methodology includes four steps:

  • Consultation – We’ll talk with you and develop an understanding of your organization’s goals. We’ll scope out a project with a reliable timetable and costs and that you can count on.
  • Research – We’ll collect and consult key documents, publications, and photographs, and conduct oral history interviews with current and former stakeholders to recover fleeting memories and unwritten insights – giving authentic voice to your history.
  • Conceptualization – We’ll develop a narrative concept that follows a dramatic arc, pulls together themes of change and continuity, and keeps your organization at the center of a compelling story. And we’ll ensure that our concept supports your organization’s vision and mission.
  • Storytelling – Whether in a book, booklet, web-based exhibit, or timeline, our historians tell a story that works on several levels—a core text, captioned photographs, and contextual imagery. We coordinate the work of professional designers, printers, and web developers on your behalf.

We understand the value of creating an authentic, usable business history. By the end of the process, you’ll have a compelling and powerful history to share with employees, stakeholders, customers, and the general public—one that serves as a definitive record and will advance your organization’s mission well into the future.

For more detail on how we’ve helped organizations bring their corporate histories to light, explore our case stories. To discuss your history project, call us at (301) 279-9697 or contact History Associates.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Company Histories

How do I write my company history?
There are five basic steps to writing a company history. The first step is to plan. Determine what type of product you would like to produce, whether it will be a long form book, a timeline, a series of articles or some other format. You should also identify the intended audience for your project and determine what sources are available. The second step is to research. This involves collecting relevant company and industry information, as well as interviewing any employees or corporate officers who may have first-hand accounts of your company history. The third step is to write. This involves crafting a story around all of the research materials, and making it a compelling read by giving it a dramatic arc with a beginning, middle and end. The fourth step is to revise. This involves editing and proofing, as well as addressing any copyrights or citations. The fifth step is final production. This involves layout and formatting, and the transformation of the written company history into the final form it will take, whether a tangible book, an interactive timeline or a speech at the company anniversary celebration.
Why write a corporate history?
There are several reasons to consider writing a corporate history. A company history documents achievements, longevity, values and vision and may be used to recruit new employees, inspire existing team members or to express gratitude for your team’s efforts. Your corporate history may also be used as a powerful promotional tool to attract new clients.
What is a company oral history?
A company oral history is a compilation of personal recollections from members of the organization. Oral histories are important because they can help us better understand the reasons behind various decisions and also provide meaningful detail for events.
What is an example of a company history?
A company history is very often created in the form of a book. In a world in which social media and digital platforms often result in content that is more ephemeral, a tangible corporate history book can make a powerful impression. Developing a corporate history is a way to tell your company’s story. See examples of our corporate history book projects that helped organizations achieve their business goals.
How do you create a company history?
Creating a company history can be a way to communication corporate values and vision, commemorate a company anniversary or reinforce your corporate brand. There are five basic steps to creating a company history:

  1. Plan – identify your audience and available sources, and determine what type of history you would like to produce.
  2. Research – collect company and industry information, and interview employees and corporate leadership.
  3. Write – synthesize all of the research into a compelling story, with a beginning, middle and end.
  4. Revise – edit and proof, and address any citations or copyrights.
  5. Design and Produce – determine the optimal format and layout to showcase your company history
Summary
Service Type
Corporate Histories
Provider Name
History Associates Inc.,
300 N. Stonestreet Avenue,Rockville,MD-20850,
Telephone No.301-279-9697
Area
United States
Description
History Associates develops company history and corporate anniversary books and projects tell the story of your organizations' accomplishments, inspire the present, and frame your vision for the future.
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