Workshop at museum to focus on preserving your personal history

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 03:57 PM

If you’ve been wanting to preserve your personal story for future generations, here’s a free workshop just for you.
“Preserving Your Memories: A Primer on Recording Your Life Story Through Oral History and Artifact Preservation” will be presented Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the High Point Museum.
Participants will learn how to preserve artifacts and photographs, as well as capture life stories with oral history interviews, legacy biographies, memoirs and family histories.
“Everyone has family stories and keepsakes that they want to pass along to their children and grandchildren so they know where they come from,” said Edith Brady, museum director. “These materials are so varied from person to person. They can be photographs, letters, documents, fabrics and so forth. This workshop will help people figure out the best way to preserve and present all these materials in an interesting way.”
The workshop will be led by professional personal historians Gail Deaton and Jenny Kulikowski of Interwoven Heritage Services, a Raleigh company that specializes in helping people tell their personal stories.
According to the company’s website, Deaton and Kulikowski have more than 30 years of experience in the fields of history, education, oral history, graphic design, writing, museums and personal history.
“They’re experts in helping people figure out what to do with all the materials they’ve inherited or found in the attic that they want to keep for future generations,” explained Larry Cates, a librarian in the Heritage Research Center, one of the sponsoring organizations.
The other sponsors are the museum, the High Point Historical Society, and Friends of the High Point Public Library.
Admission is free, but participants are asked to preregister by contacting the Heritage Research Center at 883-3637 or ncroom@highpointnc.gov.
According to Cates, the workshop will be broken down into two parts — a presentation on how to preserve documents, photographs and artifacts, followed by a presentation on how to discover your personal story through genealogical research, oral history interviews and other methods.
The Heritage Research Center, in fact, is a good place to start working on your personal biography or family history, according to Cates.
“We have a lot of material related to the history of North Carolina and the region, which will help provide some context,” he said. “You can investigate your family history using a lot of the resources we have available in the Heritage Research Center.”
For more information about Interwoven Heritage Services, visit the company’s website at www.interwovenheritageservices.com.

jtomlin@hpe.com | 888-3579

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“Preserving Your Memories: A Primer on Recording Your Life Story Through Oral History and Artifact Preservation” will be presented Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
The workshop will be presented by experts from Interwoven Heritage Services of Raleigh. It’s being sponsored by the museum in conjunction with the High Point Historical Society, Friends of the High Point Public Library, and the library’s Heritage Research Center.
Admission is free, but participants are asked to preregister by contacting the Heritage Research Center at 883-3637 or ncroom@highpointnc.gov.
For more information about Interwoven Heritage Services, visit the company’s website at www.interwovenheritageservices.com.