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Hall of Fame efforts preserve industry heritage

HIGH POINT - The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation has been working hard to show it's more than just a banquet.
     To help celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the foundation has launched a campaign called Embrace Our Story.
     The campaign is aimed at making furniture history relevant and focuses on the industry and its international scope - including retailing, manufacturing, marketing, supply chain and other sectors.
     The Hall of Fame has also unveiled a new website with a contemporary new look, featuring hot pink and lime green.
     This market's Hall of Fame induction banquet on Sunday, Oct. 20, will honor six Industry Fellows who are candidates for induction - Aminy I. Audi, John D. Bassett III, Milo Ray Baughman Jr., A. Leon Capel Jr., Hassel H. Franklin and Eugene Rosenberg.
     "The Hall of Fame has come so far in 25 years, undergoing a transformation during the past seven years into becoming so much more than just a banquet," said George Cartledge III, president of the foundation board.
     "When the charter members originally envisioned the foundation and created our mission statement, they noted that our first purpose is to preserve our heritage but it has only been during the last few years that we actually have become a credible source of our own history."
     The foundation's current initiatives include its Oral History Program. To date, 39 of 48 oral interviews with industry veterans have been published.
     Other efforts include a Timeline of History project with a historian who is aiming to create a comprehensive historical overview of furniture retailing, manufacturing, marketing and the supply chain through ongoing research.
     Other preservation projects include the cataloguing of industry memorabilia and digitization of photographs, sketches, patents, company histories, oral interviews, manufacturing techniques and marketing materials for easy accessibility.

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