Hall of Fame releases first round of oral history books
The series tells the stories of industry leaders in their own words
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, October 13, 2010
The first eight oral histories currently available from the 40-book set include John C. Bernhardt, Alvin E. Bland, Rose G. Blumkin, Bob Bush Sr., O. William Fenn, Rawson Haverty Sr., Clyde Hooker Jr. and Don A. Hunziker.
"These rich little gems share the memories and wisdom of our leaders in their own words and through historic photography," said Jeff Cook, president of the Hall of Fame Foundation. "Our oral history and book publishing programs forever capture the personal stories and culture of the furniture industry in America and provide historical insight for future generations."
In 2008, the Hall of Fame Foundation received a grant from the Furniture Foundation to digitize the transcripts and tapes of 33 previously recorded oral interviews that were in danger of being lost.
These interviews, along with seven additional new oral histories, are available for purchase through the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library or online at www.furniturehalloffame.com. Individual copies cost $25 each or a complete set of 40 can be purchased for $1,000 (not including shipping and handling). Eight histories are currently available, while the others are advance purchase orders.
The 32 additional oral histories that will soon be available are those of Nathan S. Ancell, Doug Brackett, E. L. Briggs, Paul H. Broyhill, David J. Brunn, Dan Edmonson, Bert Roy Fenn, John R. Gerken, Charles O. Gordon, Mary McKenzie Henkel, W.G. Holliman Jr., Leo Jiranek, William P. Kemp Sr., J. Wade Kincaid, Steven M. Kincaid, Bernard B. Lane, Joanna C. Maitland, Hyman Meyers, Steve Millender, Patrick H. Norton, Steve Pond, Joe Richardson II, Lawrence K. Schnadig, Irving Sherman, Edwin J. Shoemaker, Harley Ferguson Shuford Jr., Charles R. Sligh Jr., Robert H. Spilman, John B. Vaughan, Howard O. Walker, Ronald G. Wanek and Elliott S. Wood.
The Foundation continues to grow its oral history program and is accepting recommendations for other industry leaders whose story needs to be captured. To send suggestions or receive more information, contact Lauren Estep at email@example.com.