LetsPlayHistory (LPH) is the ultimate history enthusiasts’ club, centrally serving the USA online.
Announced in June of 2007 by founder Carrie Franzwa, LPH services include forums, classifieds, group directories, research and history investigation networking, co-op purchasing and manufacturing, a historical how-to “University” and archive (still in its infancy), suttler registry, and a number of other creative services that make history a pleasure to learn and share.
While the LPH club is fundamentally meant to provide a low/virtually no-cost support and promotional system for smaller not-for-profit history groups, related groups of any size and commercial status can benefit from the same LPH services. In the end this creates a beneficial relationship that allows smaller groups to “ride on the coat-tails” of larger commercial organizations’ traffic stream, much like smaller retail outfits benefit from locating next to a large anchore store.
This relationship will be synergistic in creating one uniquely specialized online community of history-loving enthusiasts. As LPH connects greater numbers of the American public with enjoyable, history-rich activities year round, it is foreseeable that a cultural trend will emerge, making history education and preservation as a matter of pastime fun for families.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will the LPH club be free to the public? A: As of February 2010 LPH is slated to remain a free membership site indefinitely. To fund this service LPH will offer a variety of materials and resources for sale, and will also charge user fees for certain site services.
Q: Will LPH ever have national and state-by-state history event calendars? A: Our original driving vision was to have a member-populated events calendar system. Unfortunately, such a calendar systems do not exist. We have spent thousands of dollars trying to have one developed, and have scoured the net for ready-made systems, all to no avail. We will never give up hope, but for now we are forced to proceed without them. If you have any tips or leads, please do take a moment to contact us.
Q: How will the LPH Co-op work? A: We have posted co-op sign-ups that members can submit to. Once we have a large enough base of financial interest in a product we will begin the process of securing manufacturing as a group.