Category: Company Founders

Why family businesses resist company histories

Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply understands the value of its corporate history. "Finally all the facts, dates, and stories are together in one place. We love our book!" said VP Kristin Dempsey, pictured between her dad, founder Patrick Dempsey, and brother PJ, the current CEO.
Family businesses often resist corporate histories. Why? A few reasons we hear: “We know our history already.” “Why spill secrets to the competition?” “Will future generations care?” “Why spend the money?” Some questions in return: “Why miss the chance to celebrate and strengthen the brand you worked[...]
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3 Ways to Tap Collective Memories

Corporate historians, speechwriters, and brand managers: Apply these three effects to ensure that your organization's historical footprint doesn’t get washed away. (Photo by Jeremy Bishop/Unsplash)
The ways in which people embed collective memories can help you develop your corporate history, anniversary campaign, or even your “About Us” web page in ways that stick. Let’s look at an experiment conducted across 35 years by Washington University professors Henry L. Roediger III (a psychologist)[...]
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Mining Your Company’s History: Where to Begin

CorporateHistory.net president Marian Calabro researching primary sources for a foundation client (photo by Christine Reynolds)
“Help! Where do we start? We’ve been tasked with doing our company’s history or updating our About Us webpage, but we don’t have organized records or archives or much of anything!” At CorporateHistory.net we’ve heard this lament more than once. The good news is that you have[...]
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Hamilton: “How Stories Harden into History”

"Hamilton" is a feat of storytelling genius with lessons for those of us who write history
Seeing “Hamilton” on Broadway—and reading the excellent companion book Hamilton the Revolution—has stirred a few thoughts for those of us who write history, tell history, and love history. On the persistent DNA of founding fathers and founding mothers: In “Hamilton,” you understand within seconds who these people[...]
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