Category: Oral History

Creating Your Corporate History: 7 Proven Tips

Author/publisher Marian Calabro with PARC's Bruce Steadman and Dennis Doyle
To celebrate CorporateHistory.net’s own 15-year anniversary, we complete this list of 15 lessons learned from working with dozens of family-owned firms, small businesses, nonprofits, and Fortune 500s. (Read lessons 1-7 at https://www.corporatehistory.net/corporatehistory-nets-own-origin-story/ ). As always, our top piece of planning advice is to allow time. Any history-capturing[...]
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A Time for Soul Searching

"It causes everyone to do a little soul searching...and that is very healthy." (Photo by Jason Schuller, courtesy of Unsplash)
“It is wonderful to have you digging into our corporate culture. I think it causes everyone to do a little soul searching, at least for their business soul, and that is very healthy.” This comment by a wise client, voiced a few years ago, echoes resoundingly amid[...]
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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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Would Abe Lincoln Have Tweeted?

Abe Lincoln (center, facing camera) at Gettysburg. Photo courtesy of National Archives.
Seven score and 16 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famed Gettysburg Address. The date was November 19, 1863. It ran just 271 words, amazingly short now for a speech and even more so in 1863, when people had delightfully long attention spans. There’s a great[...]
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