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Hall of Fame Launches Industry History Project

Boosting its efforts to preserve the history of the home furnishings industry, the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has launched the Heritage Project, which will feature interviews with workers who have played significant roles in the industry.

Funded initially by a $20,000 grant from Heritage Home Group, professional interviews will be conducted with workers within the home furnishings industry, thereby grasping the significant roles they played, their stories and their expertise through the years, according to Hall of Fame officials.

“The Heritage Project is extremely exciting for the Hall of Fame because we will be able to preserve these stories before they are gone forever,” said Bob Maricich, board president of the Hall of Fame. “Combined with the photography produced from this endeavor, these stories are certain to strengthen the preservation of our stories in a celebration of our joint history.”

Officials said the Heritage Project will launch with interviews with workers from some of Heritage Home Group’s legacy brands, which include Hickory Chair, Pearson, Henredon, Maitland-Smith, Lane Venture, Drexel, Thomasville, Broyhill and Lane.

“When the Hall of Fame told us about their plans to kick off a new initiative to capture the history of our industry and the many individuals who have shaped it, we recognized its value and the significance for future generations,” said Pierre de Villemejane, president and CEO of Heritage Home. “We quickly decided we wanted to play a leading role in its launch.”

Each year companies will be invited to submit names of individuals whose efforts have helped shape their company and industry, officials said.

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