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How to Live Forever Series

HELPFUL TIPS AND RESOURCES

PART 1
HOW TO LIVE FOREVER: SHARING YOUR STORY WITH FUTURE GENERATIONS

February 8, 2021

What happens when you look at family pictures or memorabilia?  What are the stories you remember?  And how many times have you promised yourself to share those memories with family members?  Cory Schneider, Women’s League Archives chair, presents tips and techniques and motivation to share who you are with future generations so that you will truly “live forever” in their minds and hearts.

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PART 2
HOW TO LIVE FOREVER: WRITING MY LEGACY AND FINDING MY VOICE

April 20, 2021

Education Committee Co-Chair, Ellen Kaner Bresnick presents varied ways in which we can make sense of our lives through the act of writing down our stories. At the same time, we learn how our life experiences can be unexpected and transformative as we experiment with different writing techniques that can help to enhance those legacy albums, scrapbooks, and other documents that we are leaving for those we love.

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PART 3
HOW TO LIVE FOREVER: HOW DO I MAKE IT SOUND THE WAY I WANT?

April 27, 2021

During this session (2nd part of the previous session), Education Committee Co-Chair, Ellen Kaner Bresnick presents ways in which we can draft, revise, and edit our writings.

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PART 4
HOW TO LIVE FOREVER: DEALING WITH ALL THOSE PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS

July 22, 2021

Robbie Terman, director of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit presents how to deal with all the photos and documents. With a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and Archival Administration, plus more than twelve years’ experience, Robbie is on a mission to ensure the past is not forgotten. Do you have a basement overflowing with boxes of family photos, old letters, children’s artwork and other assorted papers and documents? Have you spent years avoiding these boxes because you don’t know how to start organizing them? 

She shares tips and tricks to help make organizing your family’s historic documents and photographs a snap. She also shares techniques to easily arrange the contents of your collection and how to do it without feeling overwhelmed, what type of supplies to use and why, and where to store your finished product to increase its longevity. 

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PART 5

HOW TO LIVE FOREVER: FAMILY HEIRLOOMS – WHAT ARE THEY? WHAT TO DO WITH THEM?

October 28, 2021

Family heirlooms can be just about anything, as long as there is sentimental or monetary value attached. As heirlooms get passed down over time, their mystique grows. In this workshop Cory Schneider, Women’s League Archives Chair, will share information to help answer these questions: 

  • What is an heirloom?
  • What’s the difference between an heirloom and junk?
  • How to pass down heirlooms and to who?
  • How to preserve, store and digitize them?
  • What are the best ways to tell their story?
  • How to create new heirlooms (A huppah from dad’s favorite ties! Or one from pieces of clothing belonging to past generations! A brit pillow)?
  • How to display heirlooms and some ideas of what to do with collections?
  • What about heirlooms you don’t want?

If you don’t think you have heirlooms or don’t know what to do with the heirlooms you have, this session is for you!  You will leave this workshop full of ideas!

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Part 6

HOW TO LIVE FOREVER: CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE WAYS TO PRESENT YOUR STORY

December 16, 2021

You’ve done your research, written some stories, pulled together pictures and documents. The easiest way to make sure other people know about your family history research is to give it to them. But how? What is the best way to do that? This 6th and last session in the “How to Live Forever” series will explore a variety of creative ways to share your history. These ideas will be a response to an often-said statement, “None of my family are interested in our history!” The answer to that is to get creative in HOW you present your family history.

Cory Schneider, Women’s League Archives Chair, presents a multitude of information and ideas collected from people who have done just that. Lots of creative ideas will be shared for you to choose from to interest and excite your family. All you have to do is to pick what works for you!

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