We are currently working hard to build excitement for our latest project, Revolutionary Voices: A Last Muster Film. To do so, Verissima is investigating some of the Revolutionary War era stories in our own back yard, then making short videos about those we uncover. We hope these videos will demonstrate the importance of preserving the
We haven’t posted on the Life Preservers Blog for several weeks because we’ve been developing our newest project: a locally based video blog that will feature the distinctive artists, restaurants, businesses and residents of Somerville and Cambridge, MA. These video blogs will also highlight the interviewing and reporting talents of our assistant, Jessica Gagne, and the
Today’s post is a guest blog written by our assistant, Jessica Gagne. Enjoy! This week marks the end of an era in my life. The last few boxes are being moved out of the home that my great grandmother’s parents left to her — a home that has been in my family for almost
Yesterday, Verissima had the opportunity to speak with Pete Peters live on his radio program, the Boomer and the Babe Show. Topics included information about our company, upcoming projects, and, most importantly, the need for families to get elders’ stories recorded in whatever way they can. Listen to the interview at the link below and
August seems to be a favorite month for families to reunite. Years ago, I remember multiple Italian relatives who had come from the same village in Italy, descending on my grandfather’s modest farm in Naperville, Illinois. Baseball games, card games going on late into the night, Neapolitan dialect flying above my head like exotic birds.
Last weekend, my 87 year old mother shared her memories of the summer that her family drove south across the country from Chicago to Texas to California while her mother looked for work during the Great Depression: the grocery store on stilts, each leg surrounded by buckets of water to keep the ants from climbing
As personal historians, we bring skill sets from a variety of backgrounds to our work, but we all share a desire to apply those skills in a way that will have lasting meaning for the families we work with/for. As we strive to do this for others, it’s instructive to witness the raw power of
We are Verissima Productions, and we hope that this blog will connect you to the people, stories, and research studies that will convince you to throw out a life preserver and capture the stories of your relatives, friends, and communities. Our first offering illustrates the power of recounting personal histories for both the narrator and