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Artifcts Shows Up for Golf Charity Event

Artifcts loves the great outdoors and every chance to be local, and this weekend that meant sponsoring a team in the Greenish Jacket Foundation's 7th Annual chairty golf tournament. The Foundation raises money to support research into scleroderma (an auto-immune disease) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Conditions were a bit windy for the tournament at the Falconhead Golf Club in Austin, TX, just ask the golfers who had to face those winds, uphill, on a par five. Not ideal. But they turned out, as did Artifcts. Where will you find us next?

Support local!

Artifcts Logo on Tee Box at Greenish Jacket Tournament

 

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Artifcts Participates in Health & Wellness Expo

Artifcts, Inc. was a proud sponsor and participant of last night’s Health & Wellness Expo hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Over 75 attendees and exhibitors gathered for a night of networking and learning how best to end 2021 on a strong, healthy note.  

Community members who stopped by the Artifcts booth experienced firsthand the power of Artifcts to connect loved ones over shared memories, stories, and physical objects. We were very proud to feature Artifcts from three generations of family members—Grandma's china, our CEO's hiking boots, a child's self portrait. Each Artifct on display had a unique QR code that let the viewer learn about the meaning and story behind the object. You never know what surprises you’ll uncover with Artifcts! 

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A Letter from Our CEO

Dear Readers, 

I am very proud to announce the launch of Artifcts, our web and app-based platform that enables users anywhere and everywhere to capture, preserve, and share the stories (and meaning) behind the objects in their lives. 

Why Artifcts? My mother was the initial inspiration for Artifcts. She passed away unexpectedly several years ago. Like most of us, she had a lot of stuff.  

Following her death, I was frustrated because I had her stuff, but what I really wanted were her stories. The who, what, when, where, and why behind the objects. Why did she have a certain item? Where did it come from? When did she get it? What was the story behind her beloved softball glove? What did it mean to her? Why did she love a specific piece of jewelry? Who gave it to her? Was it for a special occasion? What occasion? Sadly, the objects could not tell her story. Only my mother could have done that, and she was no longer here.  

That was the genesis of Artifcts—an overwhelming desire to ensure that anyone anywhere would have a safe and secure way to pass down stories, not just things. To ensure that others would never have to be in the same situation I found myself in one January morning, sitting in my mother’s closet fighting back tears, pondering what to keep and what to rehome.  

That was the genesis of Artifcts—an overwhelming desire to ensure that anyone anywhere would have a safe and secure way to pass down stories, not just things

As with any idea, Artifcts has evolved over the months to be more than just a place to document the who, what, when, where, and why behind the objects in our lives. We’ve created and enabled a variety of features that allow our community members to capture small (and big) moments in time, connect with loved ones, and preserve the meaning behind the objects that speak to who we are and where we’ve been. 

I invite you, dear Readers, to join us on our adventure. Share an Artifct with a friend or a loved one. Tell a story that hasn’t been told before. Create, connect, inspire. (Or if you want to make your insurance agent very happy, export a copy of your Artifcts to your homeowner’s policy.) It’s all doable here. 

Go ahead. Give us a try. Tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you. 

Happy Artifcting, 
Heather

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Press Release: Artifcts Debuts New Platform to Capture Objects and Their Stories

Artifcts, Inc. has announced the upcoming launch of its web and app-based platform enabling people globally to capture the objects in their lives and the meaning behind them. The platform promises a simple, fun, and powerful process to upload an object, add a few details, and save it to a private viewing space. Artifcts community members can share their personal Artifcts privately or through social media, export to add to wills or insurance policies, and more.

Artifcts is designed to meet people where they are at in life: young artists, new parents, world travelers, and older adults alike, all looking to capture and preserve a piece of their history, legacy, and identity. Co-founder and CEO Heather Nickerson said, “We're redefining ‘artifacts.’ They don’t have to be valuable, historically relevant, or collections. Artifcts are something meaningful to you. They tell the tale of a life lived!"

Ellen Goodwin, Co-founder and CSO, emphasized that Artifcts offers a place to be yourself, no polish required. “Our beta launch confirmed that people are looking for a place to just be. Privacy is the default, the application is ad free, and the experience is cozy. People told us that Artifcts was like looking inside someone’s closet.”

The subscription-based platform will launch publicly on August 26 and will also offer concierge services for those seeking a personalized, hands-on Artifcting experience.

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About Artifcts (Artifcts.com)

Artifcts is a purpose-driven community united by an appreciation for the history, stories, and memories represented by the 'stuff 'of our lives, from whiskey glasses and watches to sketches and dresses. We capture and preserve the objects of our lives and their stories to contextualize our life experiences, meaningfully connect with others, and ensure our personal legacies live on.

Co-founders Heather Nickerson and Ellen Goodwin started their careers at the Central Intelligence Agency and reunited through Artifcts. The pair is working together again supporting a new mission to preserve the personal and global history behind the objects of our lives.

Artifcts, Inc., was founded in December 2020 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Virginia.

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