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"How to Create a Lasting Legacy for Your Family"

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
Location: Law Office of Loren C. Rosenzweig, Attorney
Speaker: David O'Neil, personal historian
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Dear Friends and Clients, I am fortunate to be able to introduce David O'Neil, a personal historian, to you. David has published numerous memoirs for individuals, families, and family businesses. He has offered to present a workshop at my office which, I'm sure, will inspire many of you.

How did your grandparents meet? What are your family’s food traditions and where did those recipes come from? What was your father’s first job? By recording an oral history of family members, you’ll be able to capture and preserve answers to these questions—and many, many more—before they are gone forever.

Everyone has stories to tell—stories about where they are from, the people they remember, and how they lived their lives. Stories give order and meaning to the events of our lives, and they help organize our scattered memories. With oral history techniques, you can collect and preserve precious memories that can be passed on to future generations.

In this presentation, you’ll learn about how to do a family oral history:

  • How to organize and start your project—and the pitfalls to avoid
  • How to encourage elders to tell their stories
  • What basic equipment and materials you’ll need to do an oral history
  • The right way (and the wrong way) to ask questions of elder family members

About the Speaker:

David G. O’Neil is a personal historian and founder of Story Trust, a Newton-based publisher of memoirs and personal histories for families, family-owned businesses, and organizations. Prior to a 15-year publishing career creating award-winning books and educational software, David taught English and history in Brooklyn, NY, and in his home state of Rhode Island. He holds a BA in economics from American University and a master’s degree in theology from Harvard.