I received a number of annual letters from friends this year. This is not a type of letter I am good at writing, but I treasure it when other people can summarize their lives in one page, and I save their letters year to year. One friend has been sending her life summaries for 30
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Stockbridge, Massachusetts is known today as an elegant town, the home of the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Red Lion Inn, and the estates of author Edith Wharton and sculptor Danie Chester French. During the time of the American Revolution, it was an entirely different place, unique in its cultural and political diversity, and home to
The past week has brought a constant stream of stories of people whose lives will have been forever changed by a policy that is ripping apart the families and children of asylum seekers…but this is not the first time actions taken by a government have had a dramatic impact on the personal histories of an
By Pam Pacelli Cooper President, Verissima Productions On March 5, an intergenerational group of 25 people ranging in age from mid-20’s to eighty gathered in a classroom at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The simple premise: for the event: bring an object that has meaning and tell its story. Sponsored by the curriculum committee of
by Pam Pacelli Cooper President, Verissima Productions I was born less than 70 years ago. What if I were to tell you that I carry with me memories that are 200 years old? Read on to find out how that became possible. Two weeks ago, I responded to Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge to write about
by Pam Pacelli Cooper President, Verissima Productions Happy New Year All! May 2018 be the year you “Save Lives”. As a personal historian, I’ve been encouraging people to save their stories for over 20 years, but I recently realized I haven’t been so good at saving my own. This year, I decided to take genealogist
If you’re gathering with family this holiday season, there is likely to be discussion about what to do with those old cassette tapes of grandma telling family stories, or whether to keep the VHS tapes of your college graduation. We think this podcast, originally published in December of 2016 will provide valuable information and help
by Pam Pacelli Cooper President, Verissima Productions I’ve been wracking my brain for the last few weeks, trying to think about what to write for my December blog. There are thousands of excellent blogs about gift giving and personal history including more “Listicles” than I can count. I don’t have any better ideas that those
What was the unlikely alliance between mill girls and factory overseers? Did the immigrants of the 19th century just melt easily into American culture? Labor historian Bob Forrant of UMass Lowell begins this season of storytelling and listening with some stories of his own.
“Procrastination is the thief of time,” was one of my great grandmother’s favorite sayings. She would trot it out when she wanted me to finish a task for her, complete a homework assignment, or write a long neglected thank you note to an elderly relative. I ignored her quite often, and no dire results ensued.