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Company Publications: 10 Things You Need to Know

With hundreds of books and other publications to our credit over the past 40 years, History Factory is uniquely positioned to share insights on what you need to consider when thinking about commissioning or writing a company history book. Here are my top 10 “things you need to know”—based on… Read More

Preparing to Improvise, Start with the Future and Work ALL the way Back

Last Wednesday, I arrived at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, to offer a guest lecture for Professor Caleb Dance’s undergraduate course, “Improvisation and Performance Culture in the Ancient World.” The class examines improvisation’s fundamental role in the overlapping art forms of storytelling, public speaking, theater… Read More

Why Do We Say ‘Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’ When Horses Don’t Speak?

Six hours before American Pharoah ran away with the Triple Crown, I was lucky enough to meet William Nack, author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, a man who gambled his career on a biography of a horse and won. Nack sat on the “Biographies of Non-Persons” panel… Read More

The Future of History

The internet is amazing. Yes, it can also be a cesspool of uselessness, but at its best, the web offers some impressive and innovative means of sharing information—sights, sounds and stories. At The History Factory, we’re always on the lookout for fresh ways to get a story out there. We… Read More

Superstorms: The Multifaceted Soul of Storytelling

Storytellers rely on conflict. It’s the central motivator in any good plot. Without conflict people simply don’t care—readers stop reading, moviegoers stop watching (and ask for their money back), and audiences stop “Following.” Narrative conflict is developed and identified according to certain predefined tropes, namely:… Read More

America Eats…And Discovers

By Adam Nemett My colleague Scott McMurray recently wrote an excellent post about the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the program’s vital role in Depression-era rebuilding of our nation’s economy and infrastructure. I’d like to piggyback on that and write about the WPA’s vital role in my dinner… Read More