Happy Anniversary?

Five years ago, the global financial collapse extinguished some companies and changed the plot line for those that survived. It’s time to say happy anniversary to the Great Recession. Five years ago this week, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch, AIG received a bailout and the Dow plummeted 504 points…

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Beyond the History Video and PowerPoint: Four Proven Ways to Use Storytelling in Your Onboarding and Training Programs

Corporate onboarding and training programs increasingly emphasize using storytelling as a best practice to help messages stick. Many companies are reconfiguring their learning model to ensure that their people come out of training informed and engaged. Often, a video or a few presentation slides dedicated to the history of the organization is as deep as…

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Papers of Senator Jeff Bingaman Move to Permanent Home at the University of New Mexico

The papers of Jeff Bingaman, a 30-year U.S. senator from New Mexico, have moved to their permanent home at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. The History Factory inventoried the Senator’s legislative files to prepare them for use. The series consisted of more than 800 linear feet of materials…

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In Search of the Big Idea: Things to Think About When Brainstorming Ideas For Your Company’s Anniversary

By Jason Dressel Companies routinely come to The History Factory and to historyfactory.com because they’re looking for ideas for their upcoming company anniversary. A common approach includes some combination of the following activities: Benchmarking what competitors have done Brainstorming ideas with an anniversary task force Just like how a boxer wins a match by landing…

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Jack Felton, longtime friend of The History Factory, dies at age 84

John W. “Jack” Felton, longtime head of communications at McCormick Spices and noted PR advocate and educator, passed away on May 7, 2013. Anyone who has the read The History Factory’s Oral History will recognize Jack as one of our company’s earliest supporters and cheerleaders. Although “risk-taker” is not a characteristic that commonly emerges from…

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Brooks Brothers’ Rich Heritage Dazzles in ‘Gatsby’

All organizations at one point or another will encounter a unique chance to leverage their heritage. Whatever form that takes—a strategic partnership, a political or social reason, or an internal opportunity—companies should be prepared for it. But they don’t often have the resources to capitalize on the opportunity. And when that happens, a better-equipped competitor…

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