Everyone has a story worth preserving

 

Legacy Preserves helps people and organizations to write and preserve their stories. Give the gift that will be cherished for generations. Encourage someone to tell their story, or tell your own. It is a way to let your family know you care, that you want to listen, and that you love them. We can help you to craft your story into an heirloom worth sharing.



The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
— Neil Gaiman

What is your story about?

You have a story, a unique perspective on history. You can choose to tell stories from a key time period in your life such as your years in the military or Peace Corps, or tell it all in a life story memoir. Maybe someone special has passed away and you'd like to do a tribute story. Or perhaps there is a special occasion to celebrate such as a birth, wedding, anniversary or reunion. You decide what to focus on and we’ll help make it happen. 

How do you want to tell your story?

What kind of storyteller are you? 

If you want to write a book the next step in the process is to decide the approach that works best for you. If you want to create an audio story, multimedia (video) story, or a recorded conversation we'll use the Conversation Approach. 

Writing Approach (Coaching)

  • I like to write.
  • I keep a journal.
  • I enjoy writing letters.
  • I am comfortable expressing myself in writing. 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Writing Approach may work well for you. During our meetings I will help guide you through the process of writing your life stories. Together we'll find the key elements of your story. You write your story at your own pace. During our meetings we'll go through your writing together and discuss what works well and what changes to make. Think of me as your coach and secretary. I'll be there to help keep you on track and motivated. You decided how many meetings and when to stop. You'll be writing your story the way you want. 

Conversation Approach

  • A blank page scares me. 
  • I prefer talking on the phone or in person instead of writing letters or emails. 
  • I'd like my parents to write their story but they need help with the process. 
  • The sound of my mother or father's voice is precious to me. I'd like to have a sound recording of their stories. 

If you answered yes to one of these questions the Conversation Approach may work well for you or your family member. In this method writing a book is as easy as having a conversation. During our meetings I'll record our conversation and guide you through the process of recalling past memories. I'll transcribe the recording, turning the sound of your words into text. I'll do some light editing to help make your story flow as an easily read and enjoyable narrative. The manuscript will be in your voice with your words telling your life story. 

The Conversation Approach is also used to make:

Production

After you have a manuscript you are happy with, we'll add photos and I'll provide the final editing. Once you approve the manuscript I'll manage the the book production process of copyediting, book design, printing and binding. You decide how many copies of the book you want, and if you'd like leather bound, hardcover, or paperback, in color, or black and white. The finished book will delight your family and be cherished for generations.

If you would like to create an audio or multimedia (video) story the process is a little different. I'd be happy to talk with you about it. 

Are you ready for Step 1? Not sure which approach is best for you? Let's Talk!

  • Do you worry that you've waited too long to gather and preserve your story and your family's stories?

  • Are you overwhelmed by all the photos and stories and the process of writing it down?

  • Will your children and grandchildren know your story? 

  • Do you have a project you've started, stopped, and now you need help to get going again?

  • Would you like someone to help guide you through this process and create a beautiful book you can proudly share with your family, friends, and community?


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Record Hops and the Soundtrack of Your Life

The older boys, if you got a chance to dance with them your heart would pound and pitter patter all over the place - or mine did, 'cause I was a silly, silly teenager.

Returning to the SS Keewatin: And the Importance of Visiting the Places of Our Memories

There was something magical about walking around on this ship of my mother’s past. I knew her story better and I could see it. If you have an opportunity to go to the place of your memories, do. 

 
Meghan is a proud member of the Association of Personal Historians

Meghan is a proud member of the Association of Personal Historians