Why we're creating The History List


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The History List (www.TheHistoryList.com) is used by history-related groups and organizations to publicize their events, sites, and exhibits to people in their community, state, and region, and to people who are planning a trip from another region.

There is no cost to list. Free tools make it easy to share a constantly-updated list of events with partners, members, fans, and the media. For state and national organizations, The History List's tools provide an easy way to power a calendar with activities entered by participating organizations and displayed immediately on one searchable, sortable calendar, as well as on calendars throughout their network.

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  • Thanks for the kinds words and helpful feedback. Glad you enjoyed the presentation and especially glad to hear that The History List is something that will help you in your travels.

    - Confusing page at the end: That's the way SlideShare is set up unless one pays a monthly fee. As a self-funded effort, we've been focusing our dollars on developing the platform, and haven't paid for the 'Pro' level subscription to SlideShare. This particular presentation has been viewed about 1,000 times; this intro presentation has been viewed about 3,000 times: http://www.slideshare.net/TheHistoryList/introducing-the-history-list

    - In the coming few weeks we are going to make some major changes to The History List as we introduce a more consumer-oriented home page that will start with your location or the destination of interest, and show you locations sorted by date and distance to travel. As it is today, the main event listing page (www.TheHistoryList.com/events) includes the ability to display events based on distance to travel when you enter your location. You can narrow search by date or time period. Advanced Search includes many options to find events or organizations by name, activity or interest, and location. The upcoming changes should make these features stand out more.

    - Your idea about blogging about your favorite history vacation suggestions is _exactly_ what we'd like to introduce. These could take three general forms: (1) Favorite events and places, perhaps based on a theme or geographic location; (2) an in-depth look at an event or place; or, (3) a complete trip itinerary, with notes. If you'd like to kick this off, or if you have additional suggestions, would love to hear them. Just send them to Editor@TheHistoryList.com.

    - And in terms of helping, thanks very much for asking. In addition to the way I just mentioned, here are others:

    = With your permission, I'll add your quote here: http://www.thehistorylist.com/pages/what-people-are-saying-about-the-history-list/. Would you please send me your state? I'll add it so that people better understand the reach and see that these comments are, indeed, from real people.

    = We do have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHistoryList

    = And we are on Twitter: @TheHistoryList

    = Tell your friends and folks at history-related sites and organizations you visit. The History List is designed to be affordable--it's free--and easy to use for organizations of all types and sizes. Entry is copy-and-paste simple, and anyone--staff, interns, volunteers--can add or edit. (In fact, if there's a site or event that's not on The History List, you can add it, if you wish. If the organization decides to participate directly later, then they can easily edit what you've written and add more.)

    = Finally, one of the most helpful things you can do is exactly what you are doing: Providing feedback and suggestions. We have a long list of improvements and new features planned, so know that, while you may not see a particular feature show up within days of making the suggestion, we will take a close look and, more than likely, addd it to our list if it's not already there.

    Thanks for taking the time to share your enthusiasm and suggestions, and please follow up via e-mail regarding the quote (permission + state) and additional suggestions or an interest in participating as we begin to provide an opportunity for history lovers to share their recommendations.

    -- Lee Wright | Founder | The History List
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  • This is great!! Congratulations on concept & I'll be thrilled to follow progress as it goes national. As a traveler for whom historic houses & museums are first on my 'must-see' list, I have to dig to find the venues and related calendar events. This is just what I've just now realized I've been looking for!
    A few suggestions:
    1. When I got to end of the intro slideshow, I was brought to a confusing page I couldn't figure out how to get out of or navigate from. Hope that can be clarified.
    2. You may have this already but I couldn't figure out how to find it: would love to have a calendar which is sortable by both date and location, and, a section where users can blog their favorite history vacation suggestions. (From one history nerd to another! Most people look at me incredulously when I say I can't wait to get to Florida... to go to one of my favorite museums, Pinellas Heritage in Largo! And, oh yes, the beach, I suppose.)
    Good luck! Tell us how we can help. Reviews? Fb likes??
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Why we're creating The History List

  1. 1. Why we’re creatingThe History List
  2. 2. The History ListCurated and focused on history High quality environmentOnline Where everyone goes first—for local activities and trip planning Virtually the only resource for a younger demographic—your future members, donors, volunteers
  3. 3. Overarching goalCreate broader, deeperawareness of history.
  4. 4. So far . . .As a society, what we’vebeen doing isn’t enough,doesn’t seem to beworking, or both.
  5. 5. Reason #1Coming face to face withhistory is compelling,eye-opening, moving,rewarding, fascinating.
  6. 6. Across time and place
  7. 7. Our art helps tell our story
  8. 8. Their voyage of discovery . . .
  9. 9. . . . and ours.
  10. 10. Exploring our communitiesCliff Palace at Mesa Verde in Colorado
  11. 11. Inside our homes . . .
  12. 12. . . . and outside.
  13. 13. Hearing different viewpointsA Wampanoag historic interpreter at Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts.
  14. 14. How we lived . . .
  15. 15. . . . played
  16. 16. . . . gossiped
  17. 17. . . . shopped
  18. 18. . . . and traveled.
  19. 19. Aboard an historic ship . . .
  20. 20. . . . seeing what makes her go.
  21. 21. Seeing how we communicated across time and distanceRegister Cliff on the Oregon Trail in Wyoming.
  22. 22. Hearing personal accounts face to face
  23. 23. Standing on the shore where history was madeMarconi Beach on Cape Cod, site of the first transatlantic wireless broadcast in the U.S.
  24. 24. Or in his studio . . .
  25. 25. . . . learning how and why he created his art.
  26. 26. Seeing firsthandthe turning points in the formation of a new nation
  27. 27. A nation honors its fallen.
  28. 28. A communitypreserves its past.
  29. 29. Reason #2It helps us connectacross generations.
  30. 30. Preserving our past and informing our future.
  31. 31. Reason #3What we’ve been doingdoesn’t seem to beworking.
  32. 32. Who said, “The British are coming! The British are coming!”Paul . . . Paul Bunyon? Jay Leno “Jaywalking” on The Tonight Show: “History is a Mystery”
  33. 33. The Regulars are comingout! Image: Office for Emergency Management, Office of War Information, Overseas Operations Branch, New York Office, News and Features Bureau, Picture Division. (1942 – 1945). Quote: Revere, Paul (1961). Paul Reveres Three Accounts of His Famous Ride. Introduction by Edmund Morgan. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society.
  34. 34. What actually happened is so much more interestingFrom the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society. L to R: Paul Reveres deposition, draft, circa 1775; Paul Reveresdeposition, fair copy, circa 1775; Letter from Paul Revere to Jeremy Belknap, circa 1798
  35. 35. The marker at the spot where Revere, Dawes, and Prescott were stopped. From www.ilovenationalparks.org.
  36. 36. In Revere’s own words:I told him I knew better, I knew what they were after;that I had alarmed the country all the way up,that their Boats, were catchd a ground, and I should have 500 men theirsoon;one of them said they had 1500 coming;he seemed supprised and rode off, into the road, and informed them whotook me,they came down immeaditly on a full gallop,one of them (whom I since learned was Major Mitchel of the 5th RegimentClapd his Pistol to my head, and said he was going to ask me somequestions,if I did not tell the truth, he would blow my brains out.I told him I esteemed my self a Man of truth,that he had stopped me on the high way, & made me a prisoner,I knew not by what right;I would describing what happenedtruth; stopped by soldiers as he rode west from Boston to alert others. Paul Revere tell him the after he was From Paul Reveres deposition, fair copy, circa 1775, in the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society.I was not afraid . . .
  37. 37. Reason #4Existing means forgetting the word outaren’t adequate.
  38. 38. The current state of the art at work: 142 e-mail recipients for a notice of an event in Boston tied to the Civil War.  This announcement of an event in Boston went to 142 recipients  How many of these e-mail addresses are still active?  How many of the recipients forwarded it on to their organization’s members?
  39. 39. Existing sites don’t work well for many of our events. An ad for a national chainAre there really1,796 historyevents in thearea? How do I Ad for shoessort through and handbags?them? Tickets to events that have nothing to Listings for local McDonald’s do with my restaurants in a search for search? “history?”
  40. 40. Expensive, difficult to stand out in city travel media.
  41. 41. The History ListA targeted tool for organizations toattract new visitors and members National in scope No cost to list organization, events, exhibits Easy cut and paste entry Room for extensive text, pictures, details Link to your site for more information Tags help people find your events Ratings and review give people confidence
  42. 42. Reason #5If you’re planning toattend an event,where can you go tofind information tomake the most of it?
  43. 43. Where do you turn for answers to questions such as . . . Where’s the best place to stand? When do we need to get there in order to get a good view?
  44. 44. The History ListEasier for individuals and families Tools to find interesting events anywhere—for a Saturday out or a trip across the country By distance to travel, location, event type, organization . . . Find recommended new events, exhibits, organizations Plan with confidence –pictures, reviews, recommendations Share with others—Site, integrated social sharing
  45. 45. The History Listo Publicizing events and activities, sites and exhibitso Connecting organizations to share ideas and learn about resourceso Enabling a community of interested individuals
  46. 46. The History Listo No cost to list organizationo No cost to list hours, exhibits, programs, events
  47. 47. The History Listo Participating organizations include . . . The Massachusetts Historical Society Historic New England The Freedom Trail Foundation The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists The Charles River Group of Historical Societies The Blackstone Valley Group of Historical Societies The Bostonian Society and the Old State House Museum The USS Constitution Museum The New England Museum Association (NEMA) Old Sturbridge Village
  48. 48. The History Listo Getting started Download the one-page guide from www.TheHistoryList.com/pages/help Log in with Facebook or request an accounto Enter your information Any staff member, intern, or volunteer can enter or edit Enter your events and activities, including text and pictures Complete the information about your organization, site, or museum Add the Member logo to your site and newsletter
  49. 49. Lee WrightFounderLee@TheHistoryList.comTwitter: TheHistoryList