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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, 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 of 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.