Museum Offers Workshop on Writing Memoirs

One well-known family from American history.

One well-known family from American history.

Isn't it nice to be remembered? Isn't it even nicer to be remembered for the reasons you want to be remembered? How about your children, their children, and their children's children? Will they recall anything about you other than your name and a few faded pictures?

Next month, the San Joaquin County Historical Society Museum will conduct a workshop designed for people who want their descendants to remember them. It is titled "Letters to My Grandkids: A Personal Memoir Workshop," and it will take place at the Museum from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. each Thursday of March.

Here are the subjects for each week:

March 6

  • Why learning about family history is important.
  • How to prepare a short letter or story.
  • Suggestions for topics, and assignment.

March 13

  • Refresher on paragraph and story construction.
  • How to embellish your legacy letters with art.
  • Questions and discussion of problems encountered.
  • Share work in progress.

March 20

  • Relating personal stories to national and world history.
  • Questions and discussion of work in progress.
  • Additional prompts for ideas.
  • Share work in progress.

March 27

  • Resources available for publishing of memoirs and personal history.
  • Questions and discussion of work in progress.
  • Share completed work.
  • Evaluation of workshop.

The cost for participation will be ten dollars for members of the San Joaquin County Historical Society, and fifteen dollars (plus parking at Micke Grove Park) for nonmembers. For additional information, contact Robin Wood at the Museum (209) 331–2055 or (209) 953–3460.

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