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History Lives Here Inc. provides a range of professional communication services to assist businesses, industry associations, and community organizations to celebrate their history during anniversary years.
We are storytellers. We tell old stories to new audiences using modern technologies.
Most businesses, organizations and communities have a rich history. But it is often hidden within archival records, artifacts and collections.
This lost history can be transformed into engaging history products available to audiences in multimedia formats – as online content; limited edition, commemorative documentary, and book sets; learning materials for schools; and media resources.
These products serve as the centerpieces of events and activities to celebrate significant anniversary years whether it’s the 50th birthday of a company or industry trade organization or the 250th birthday of a community.
Creative. Engaging. Memorable.
These are the touchstones of our work as professional storytellers.
Many of our associates are former journalists. They know how to create a strong, appealing story beginning with extensive research within collections in archives, museums, libraries, and sometimes…even cemeteries. They are “history detectives” discovering the hidden history within your community, business, or organization. It’s vital research that is the foundation of imaginative multimedia content we create for websites, social media campaigns, print and television media, and educational and public audiences.
Our signature creation is The History Moments series – highly-produced, two-minute historical vignettes. Launched in 2009, we’ve produced over 70 of these short features on early settlement, first industries, prominent people and significant events, which have shaped the history of Eastern Ontario communities and Canada.
The features are broadcast on regional private and cable television stations, WPBS TV in Watertown, New York, and before movies at local theatres. They are distributed into local schools and libraries as learning resources. And all our series are accompanied by a gala launch in participating area communities.
We’ve adapted the series to tell other stories of the history of industries, companies, and organizations.
The Woolworth retail empire of five and dime shops across the United States, Canada and England, lasted for nearly 130 years.
But it started as a modest business owned by a former drug store clerk, Frank Woolworth, and his industrious wife, Jennie Creighton of Prince Edward County, Ontario.
In the 1780s, Mohawk leader Molly Brant fled her home in New York state amidst the turbulence of the American Revolution.
She settled in Kingston, Ontario and became instrumental in maintaining the alliance between her people and the British government.
The Trenton Movie Industry
The city of Trenton, Ontario (now Quinte West) was once known as “Canada’s Hollywood North” as the capital of the movie industry in the country.
To us, design means more than graphics. It’s an overall approach – a package of skill sets and capacities in our tool kit drawn from our base of talented and experienced associates. We’re able to deliver your stories to widespread audiences through creative communication strategies harnessing the collective impact of dynamic websites, social media engagement, events, and outreach to mainstream media.
We’ve developed websites and social media campaigns. We’ve developed books, documentaries, and souvenir products to tell compelling stories that are remembered.
We’ve created events. We’ve implemented communication and media strategies. We make your history memorable. And we can measure the results.
We make stories into experiences.
In the late 1950s, the small town of Belleville, Ontario boasted a rough, tough, and unstoppable hockey team, the Belleville McFarlands, which, powered its way to a world hockey championship title in Prague, Czechoslovakia in the spring of 1959.
Fifty years later, in partnership with the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame, we celebrated this remarkable moment in time with the premiere of a documentary on the team, an accompanying book, a downtown parade, and a memorable “sold-out” evening at the Empire Theatre in Belleville.
The event prompted the city to erect signs honouring the team, and it was an emotional moment for these older men – who in their prime – were the best hockey players in the world.
We repeated this success in August 2011, the 50th anniversary of the last victory in Picton waters of the legendary race boat, Miss Supertest III, which captured successive wins against its American competitors.
A weekend event featuring the return of the boat, the launch of a Canada Post commemorative stamp, and our documentary on the Supertest team premiered at our local historic Regent Theatre, alongside a book on this famous Canadian sports history – which together made this a memorable event that is still talked about.
We believe history has to be something you can eat; something you can drink; and something you can touch.
Tangible and unique products help make your story into a memorable tale.
Over the years we’ve worked with local suppliers to create heritage products – specialty wines and ciders, period dinners, books, DVDs, souvenir merchandising and other memorabilia to create lasting impressions.
We once helped transform an old story in our community into another product – a re-enactment and play – as a fundraising initiative for another local heritage project.
The story was the trial of two Prince Edward County men in May 1884 for a botched robbery and murder, a crime that stirred the community into a mob demanding blood. The community got their vengeance and convicted two men to hang in the gallows that still exist in Picton’s old courthouse. But it’s unlikely the community got justice. Many believe the trial was a travesty, and two innocent men met a gruesome death that haunted residents for decades.
The product – a play in the same courtroom where the trial took place – accompanied by a tour of the gallows and prisoner cells together with a reception at one of our finest inns – was another “sold out” affair that raised considerable funds for the project.
We offer historic walking tours of downtown Picton during the tourism season. These 90-minute tours led by experienced guides take visitors on a journey into the past.
We also host History Nights at various historic locations and resort venues throughout the year.
We started these popular presentations some years ago at The Regent Theatre with guest lecturers discussing a broad range of historical themes – the sinking of the Titanic, the years when the small town of Quinte West (Trenton), Ontario was the “Hollywood North” of Canada, the War of 1812, and our country’s more recent military intervention in Afghanistan.
Contact us about your project
We’ve produced video – and television productions – filmed on-location across Canada and around the world.
While we specialize in historical themes and productions like our History Moments series and documentaries, we’ve also created many video features to enhance anniversary celebrations, events, presentations, online learning courses, and websites with dynamic and interactive content.
In their early stages, video production projects are a puzzle of words and images.
We’re at home in this world – successfully blending thorough research, strong writing, and powerful images that together create memorable productions serving as visual centrepieces for your events, product presentations, and online content.
Part of the work may include extensive interviews with some of the material used in the productions. But much of it won’t be used. We suggest these interview materials be edited as secondary products for use as additional learning and archival resources posted online.
Over the years we’ve created productions for national organizations to celebrate the achievements of their members at gala award presentations; breaking news features as part of fictional mission scenarios in online training courses for senior staff in the Canadian military; and documented the annual exercises of Canadian Emergency Preparedness and U.S. Homeland security officials testing new technologies and systems for combating natural disasters and national security threats.
Whatever your story – and the occasion to tell it – let us help you make it memorable.