Fall 2007: Concept for History Heard conceived after school during a conversation with Jamie Davis, Kathleen Addison, and Amy Addison!
May 2008: Plan for History Heard discussed at a Starbucks in Bradenton, FL
June 2008: Initial work on History Heard begins along with summer vacation
July 2008: Researched and began compiling a database of American Historians, American History Associations, and High School history teachers
Work begins on History Heard website
August 2008: First History Heard video interview created and uploaded!
History Heard website goes live! November 2008: First 500 high school history teacher contacts compiled
December 2008: Began contacting noted historians and professors
January 2009: Kathleen and Amy attended the American Historical Association's 123rd Annual Meeting in New York City
February 2009: Check out our new videos including one on 1968 Prague Spring and the 2003 New York City Blackout!
March 2009: Began work forming an advisory board for History Heard
Begin the process of filling out the 24 page 501(c)(3) form making History Heard an official nonprofit organization!
April 2009: Kathleen and Amy travel to the West Coast for two remarkable interviews
May 2009: History Heard sits down with Judge Judy Sheindlin to discuss how her "Judge Judy" show transformed daytime television
June 2009: Amy and Kathleen head up to the Northeast to sit down with several fascinating people
The girls discuss History Heard's next steps with Professor Paul Freedman, chairman of the History Department at Yale University
September 2009: Kathleen and Amy begin to build an impressive advisory board to help with expansion nationwide
October 2009: History Heard begins to get its "15 minutes of fame" with a feature in the Bradenton Herald newspaper
December 2009: Advisor to two White House administrations, Francisco Sánchez has agreed to be a part of History Heard's advisory board. He is awaiting confirmation as President Obama's Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. This is especially important as History Heard lost an invaluable supporter in D.C. this fall with the passing of former White House Press Secretary, Jody Powell. January 2010: History Heard is growing! While the first interviews were conducted exclusively by Amy and Kathleen, that was never the long-term goal. This month, students from six high schools across the country will be conducting History Heard interviews in their communities. July 2010: Matt Zolbe, manager of the iconic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, sits down for a special History Heard interview from the hotel’s historic Presidential Suite.
August 2010: Amy assumes the day-to-day management of History Heard as her sister and co-founder, Kathleen, moves on to Yale and a position on the History Heard advisory board.
October 2010: History Heard goes International! Lithuanian correspondent, Aiste, sat down with several notable people, including former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus! January 2011: History Heard founder Amy attends the annual meeting of the American Historical Association and updates supporters.
February 2011: History Heard foreign correspondent Aiste is invited to present her plan to chronicle Lithuanian history to the Lithuanian Ambassador and a meeting of the entire Consular corps. April 2011: History Heard videos break 20,000 views!
June 2011: Lithuanian correspondent Aiste presents History Heard to history professors at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
July 2011: History Heard is now on Facebook! Like us at the bottom of this page.
April 2011: History Heard videos break 20,000 views! February 2011: History Heard foreign correspondent Aiste is invited to present her plan to chronicle Lithuanian history to the Lithuanian Ambassador and a meeting of the entire Consular corps.
January 2011: History Heard founder Amy attends the annual meeting of the American Historical Association and updates supporters.
The Word on the Street:
"I think this is an extraordinarily interesting idea, with a lot of potential." -Gabrielle Spiegel American Historical Association President History Department Chair Johns Hopkins University
"This is an impressive undertaking--congratulations" -Paul Freedman History Department Chair Yale University
"I am sure this site will prove to be a very valuable resource" -Jocelyn Hendrickson Emory University
“I believe you have a great idea and I am proud to have been given the chance to participate.” -Sid Davidoff On Nixon's Original Enemy's List History Heard Interviewee
"Your website is very interesting. Congratulations on this project!" -Rebecca Ledig History teacher Andover High School
"I know this is a wonderful resource, and I commend you for all your efforts." -Parent of a high school student
In the News
History Heard made headlines in the newspaper,the Bradenton Herald