November 8, 2011

Video: Noted Civil War authors at the Boston Book Festival



In recognition of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the American Civil War, the Boston Book Festival brought together several distinguished authors for a discussion at this year's event on October 15: Adam Goodheart, 1861: The Civil War Awakening; Tony Horwitz, Midnight Rising: John Brown's Raid and the Start of the Civil War; Charles Bracelen Flood, Grant's Final Victory and several others; and, Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering. The session was moderated by Annette Gordon-Reed, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello and Andrew Johnson.

The video runs just under an hour and half.

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November 4, 2011

Introducing The History List

This is the presentation that was given at the first second third ongoing meetings introducing the closed beta.  (See the December 7 post about the meeting with the Charles River Group of historical societies and the post about the meeting with the New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors), Historic New England, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Freedom Trail Foundation.)  If you'd like to participate in the closed beta for organizations that is going on now, request an invitation.  To inquire about a presentation to your group, please contact us.

Updated: May 7, 2012: The History List is now open to all organizations.

Updated: July 29, 2012: The presentation has been updated with the most recent features and with quotes.


Introducing The History List

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October 23, 2011

Beta launch

Thanks to Diane Calvano for providing the opportunity to present to her quarterly information sharing meeting with several historical societies from central Massachusetts.  And thanks to all who attended for the good questions and your support of this initiative. 

You can view the presentation here and request an invitation here to participate here.  To inquire about a presentation to your group, please contact us.


.Presenting at the beta launch

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October 20, 2011

Why The History List matters

In an earlier post I wrote about the three experiences that motivated me to found The History List.

The presentation below captures the fundamentatl reason The History List matters, which is also one of the primary motivations in its creation: By bringing people face-to-face with history, we will create more opportunities for more people to discover and connect with history.  And that will help all of us better understand and engage in our world today.

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October 16, 2011

Progress update: October 17

  • Moved from the staging to production environment; basic content (blog, About, Contact, Legal) being migrated.
  • Software development continues with core functionality in-place.
  • UI and design work underway.  Implementation planned for November.
  • Introduction to The History List for the quarterly gathering of the Blackstone Valley group of historical societies planned for 10/24. 
  • Invitations to private beta available beginning 10/24. 
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