Category: Oral History

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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So You Want to Write a Corporate History

Corporate history writing is a specialized skill--here's how to crack the code.
Writers frequently reach out to CorporateHistory.net to offer their services. From their queries, it’s easy to see who does or doesn’t understand what’s involved in this genre, which is a hybrid of corporate communications and journalism. Here are seven essential things corporate history writers should know, based[...]
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