Oral Histories

Our extensive Oral History and Book Publishing Program forever captures the historical perspective of the business and culture of the home furnishings industry in America. Published as books, these rich little gems share the memories and wisdom of our leaders in their own words and through historic photography.  Each extensive oral interview is conducted over a four- to eight-hour period by a professional journalist, is transcribed and then published as a book with photography.

View Oral Interviews:

Nathan S. Ancell; Ethan Allen

George Alexander Bernhardt; Bernhardt Furniture Company

John Christian Bernhardt; Bernhardt Furniture Company

Alvin E. "Bo" Bland; Action Industries

Rose Gorelick Blumkin; Nebraska Furniture Mart

Douglas Brackett; American Furniture Manufacturers Association

E. Leroy Briggs;  Consultant

Paul Hunt Broyhill; Broyhill Furniture

David J. Brunn; Drexel-Heritage

Bobby Wesley Bush, Sr.; Hickory Springs

Joseph F. Carroll; Furniture / Today

Dan H. Edmonson; Kroehler Manufacturing

Wallace W. "Jerry" Epperson, Jr.; Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd.

Bert R. Fenn; Tell City Chair

O. William Fenn, Jr.; LADD Furniture

Hassell H. Franklin; Franklin Corporation

Joseph G. Gerard; American Furniture Manufacturing Association

John R. "Jack" Gerken, Jr.; Norwalk Furniture

Charles O. Gordon, Sr.; Gordon Furniture

Howard G. Haas; Sealy, Inc.

Stella & Darrell Harris; Furnitureland South

Rawson Haverty, Sr.; Haverty Furniture

Mary McKenzie Henkel; Henkel-Harris Co.

W.G. "Mickey" Holliman, Jr.; Furniture Brands International

J. Clyde Hooker, Jr.; Hooker Furniture

Don A. Hunziker; LADD Furniture

Leo A. Jiranek; Jiranek School of Design

William P. Kemp, Sr.; Kemp Furniture

J. Wade Kincaid; Kincaid Furniture

Steven M. Kincaid; Kincaid Furniture

Bernard B. Lane; The Lane Company

Joanna C. Maitland; Sperry & Hutchinson

Hyman Meyers; Heilig Meyers

Stephen H. Millender; White of Mebane

Patrick H. Norton; La-Z-Boy, Inc.

Kevin M. O’Connor; Samson Marketing

Stephen K. Pond; Furniture / Today

Joseph E. Richardson, II; Richardson Brothers

Lawrence K. Schnadig; Schnadig International Corporation

Gordon Segal; Crate and Barrel

Irving B. Sherman; Ludwig Baumann / Greater New York Home Furnishings Association

Edwin J. Shoemaker; La-Z-Boy, Inc.

Harley Ferguson Shuford, Jr.; Century Furniture

Charles R. Sligh; Sligh Furniture

Charles R. Sligh, Jr.; Sligh Furniture

Robert L. Sligh, Jr.; Sligh Furniture

Robert H. Spilman; Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.

John Bassett Vaughan; Vaughan Furniture Company, Inc.

Howard O. Walker; Hickory Furniture

Ronald G. Wanek; Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

Elliott S. Wood; Woodmark Originals