Category: Oral History

3 Ways to Use Oral Histories in Your Company History

From CorporateHistory.net's 50th anniversary book for Northwest Community Hospital
Employees are your best marketers. They’re also your best storytellers. Voices convey the real culture of your workplace. Whether we’re doing a book, an interactive timeline, or a history Web site, we talk with people extensively. Often we’ll do a hundred hours’ worth of oral and video[...]
Read More

Take Your History on the Road

Fascinating to see coverage of the Stickley Roadshow recently in North Jersey Media. Stickley’s own corporate historian, Mike Danial, appeared in Paramus, where he invited attendees to “Take a stroll through history from the Arts & Crafts Movement to the rescue of L. & J.G. Stickley Inc.[...]
Read More

9 Questions to Ask Before You Invest a Penny in a Business History Project

You’ll find lots of providers in the business history field, from self-styled “factories” to retired professors. How can you select the right one for your unique requirements and get the best marketing value for your investment? As you evaluate, ask these important questions, which reflect CorporateHistory.net’s 13[...]
Read More

How Old Is Your Company? Are You Sure?

Photo by Drama Book Shop, which will keep its "Since 1917" tagline even though 1916 may be the founding year
Amusing piece in The New York Times: New York City’s Drama Book Shop thought it was 100 years old until it did some research. So much for its “Since 1917” tagline! Any corporate historian has similar stories to tell. If you’re asking “How old is my company?”,[...]
Read More