Monday, July 29, 2013

Status Update: New Website!

I know you'd rather hear some interesting information about hat history, but I have something else of importance to tell you about today. I've been working on a new website that's related to this blog, and is an offshoot, in many ways. I realized early on that this blog, while allowing me to share information with you, didn't allow me to organize the information as I wanted to, in any kind of coherent way. For that I realized I needed a regular website, so I bought a domain and began building.

The site, The Hatted Professor, is still under construction, and I've migrated some of the information from this blog to there. I will also be offering new information, as you'll see by the menu options available. I will continue to use the blog, but more for the purposes for which blogs were intended, while also continuing the build The Hatted Professor into the most comprehensive repository of information on Crofut & Knapp and related companies on the Internet.

Perhaps the most exciting feature is the Employees List. Because of and through this blog, I've been contacted by many folks whose family members or ancestors worked for Crofut & Knapp, and they wanted to share their stories with me. The Employees List is a way for anyone to upload family stories of a former employee and share that information with the world. The workers in the factories and retail outlets were just as important to C&K history as James Knapp, John Cavanagh, or Robert A. Holmes, and their stories should be preserved as part of that legacy. It's a rudimentary database for now, but as it grows in time, it will also change into a much more sophisticated entity, and perhaps become the most important page on the site.

So, check it out, and let me know how I'm doing, what you like and don't like, and what improvements I can make. I've added Facebook Comments for you to leave comments there, and I've even got my own e-mail address for the site. All of this should facilitate better communication rather than through Facebook Messaging or the Comments on this blog.


Brad, The Hatted Professor