In the summer of 1999, we toured the rugged island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Maine. We learned all about its rich history as a key granite source for the architecture boom of the early 20th century. We had been seeking out like histories for years and felt that they all deserved a wider audience. We decided then-and-there to start-up a “digitization service” for local / regional historical organizations. Our plan was to create digital archives of local historic collections and push it all online. Our goal: the preservation and presentation of history as a public trust. Kerri suggested the spot-on name that would stick: “in heritage.” On August 14, 1999, we purchased our domain name. This gave InHeritage a spiritual birthplace and actual birthdate … We had also created a service years ahead of its time (back when hosting plans were measured in MBs) that was out of financial reach for most small organizations.
Luckily, our initial marketing drive uncovered an even greater need: website development for historical organizations. The call for site services was at a fever-pitch, a fact no less true within the non-profit community. But we came to it with a unique advantage: We had placed the presentation of content at the core of our efforts. We found organizations and societies that wanted solutions geared towards depth. In addition, the mentioned budgetary limitations had organizations searching for solid solutions without an agency price-tag. So, like that InHeritage was in the business of “web design / development for the historical community.”
From the beginning, our clients have come in all sizes. Key to our budget-matching ability has always been a talented pool of sole proprietor professionals and strategic small business partners, each hand-picked for a specific developmental role and eager to supplement our internal skill-sets. From day one, this has allowed us to mix-and-match production teams to tackle any request across the arc of budget realities. As we like to say: we are a two-person shop, with a virtual staff of dozens.
We have seen technologies come-and-go. But the advent of open-source content-managed site systems redefined our entire approach and transformed our relationships with our clients. Add to this our increased emphasis on the whole operation—the development and maintenance of client services beyond just site design—as well as our coming to realize that our model applies naturally to the needs of small- to mid-sized commercial ventures, as well as non-profits—and we arrive in this present era of dynamic open-source / responsive-design solutions. And though technology and standards are in continual motion and our approach will continue to evolve in step, our central inspiration—custom design built around the presentation of content—remains the hook on which we have proudly hung our hats since August 14, 1999.
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