Your Story - Writing, Recording, Cooking, and Preserving your Family's History

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Your family's history is richer than what can be recorded on genealogy charts. Join us for an exciting exploration of multiple strategies for turning your story into creations (written stories, vocal recordings, artifacts, and recipes) that leave a lasting legacy that future generations can easily access and enjoy!

It's the difference between leaving finished quilts and leaving piles of fabric scraps (however interesting!) 


SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITIONS!

November 15, 2017
RECORD YOUR STORY
As you host visitors (or travel to see family members) over the holidays, you have a unique opportunity to capture the stories, songs, and family legends that make your family history, well, legendary! We'll provide an overview of the interview techniques and recording tools the professional oral historians use (including recording to tablets and smartphones!) to capture the stories and voices that will bring your family's history to life!

December 13, 2017
COOK YOUR STORY
What evokes warmer memories of family life faster than the smell of treasured dishes being prepared? FAMILY HOLIDAY DISHES! Join us for a holiday encore of this session to learn how to capture the culinary legacy you've inherited and pass down those defining family recipes to future generations. Put your family's history in a cookbook or on a plate!


NEW YEAR. NEW LOCATION!

Join us at our Lake Arlington Branch Library in 2018!

January 17, 2018
WRITE YOUR STORY
Learn strategies for putting your collected family stories into forms others can enjoy, whether a collection of humorous anecdotes, a formal multigenerational family history, or something else entirely.

February 21, 2018
RECORD YOUR STORY
Discover the interview techniques and recording tools that professional oral historians use (including recording to tablets and smartphones!) to capture the stories and voices that will bring your family's history to life!

March 21, 2018
COOK YOUR STORY
What evokes warmer memories of family life faster than the smell of treasured dishes being prepared? Capture the culinary legacy you've inherited and pass down those defining family recipes to future generations. Put your family's history in a cookbook or on a plate!

April 18, 2018
PRESERVE YOUR STORY
Caring for your family's irreplaceable artifacts, documents, and photographs by learning how museums and archives care for theirs! We'll look at both long-term preservation of original items and making high-quality digital replicas. Just in time for the American Library Association's Preservation Week!


Previous Sessions of Your Story...

April 19, 2017
WRITE YOUR STORY
Learn strategies for putting your collected family stories into forms others can enjoy, whether a collection of humorous anecdotes, a formal multigenerational family history, or something else entirely.

May 17, 2017
ORGANIZE YOUR STORY
Are your family history research efforts and research materials organized for success? Do you have clear goals and objectives to keep you focused or do you find yourself spinning your wheels or chasing every "squirrel" that catches your eye? Let's compare notes and explore best practices for maximizing your research effectiveness!

June 21, 2017
RECORD YOUR STORY
Use the interview techniques and tools of oral history professionals (including recording to tablets and smartphones!) to capture the stories and voices that will bring your family history to life.

July 19, 2017
PRESERVE YOUR STORY
Caring for your family's irreplaceable artifacts, documents, and photographs by learning how museums and archives care for theirs! We'll look at both long-term preservation of original items and making high-quality digital replicas.  

August 16, 2017
COOK YOUR STORY
What evokes warmer memories of family life faster than the smell of treasured dishes being prepared? Capture the culinary legacy you've inherited and pass down those defining family recipes to future generations. Put your family's history in a cookbook or on a plate!

September 20, 2017
ENTRUST YOUR STORY
Ensure that your family history lives on after you. Recruit children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews (and others) to continue preserving and sharing your family's history. Start passing the baton by working together on your (and their) family history!

Upcoming Dates

    • Wed, Feb 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Mar 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Apr 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Lake Arlington Community Room
    Lake Arlington Branch Library
    4000 W Green Oaks Blvd
    Arlington, TX 76016

Previous Dates

    • Wed, Jan 17, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Lake Arlington Community Room
    Lake Arlington Branch Library
    4000 W Green Oaks Blvd
    Arlington, TX 76016
    • Wed, Apr 19, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, May 17, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Jun 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Jul 19, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Aug 16, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Sep 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Nov 15, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Wed, Dec 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Southwest Community Room
    Southwest Branch Library
    3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd
    Arlington, TX 76017
Contact
Mark Dellenbaugh
817-946-1825 (m)
Program Type: 
Arts & Culture
Age Group: 
AdultSenior