Cross Gen­er­a­tional Liv­ing His­tory Pro­ject Live for Canada’s 150

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To cel­e­brate 150 years of Con­fed­er­a­tion, Drumheller FCSS and Drumheller Pub­lic Li­brary are team­ing up to bring the gen­er­a­tions to­gether and share the rich his­tory of fam­i­lies here in the val­ley.

Hu­mans love stories, we’ve al­ways told them, and we’ve passed them from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion as an oral tra­di­tion and later in writ­ing. The per­sonal stories, the ones we can re­late to are of­ten the ones we like most and this pro­ject will pro­vide the chance for our younger gen­er­a­tion to hear and cap­ture some of those stories.

“There is a ten­dency in so­ci­ety to seg­re­gate the gen­er­a­tions which can lead to neg­a­tive stereo­types in both camps,” says FCSS co­or­di­na­tor, April Har­ri­son. “This is a shame be­cause re­search shows that there are tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to re­la­tion­ships that span this di­vide. Youth can gain ad­di­tional guid­ance and sup­port as they tap into a wealth of knowl­edge and lessons learned over the course of a life­time. Older gen­er­a­tions can ben­e­fit from feel­ing val­ued and con­nected when they in­vest in to­mor­row’s lead­ers”.

This pro­gram aims to bring the gen­er­a­tions to­gether, to break down bar­ri­ers, ex­change knowl­edge, de­velop mu­tu­ally en­rich­ing re­la­tion­ships and ul­ti­mately, to pro­duce a ‘Liv­ing His­tory of the Town’, which can be doc­u­mented and stored on a web­site de­signed specif­i­cally for this pur­pose. FCSS are look­ing for vol­un­teers to join the pro­ject.

This is not the first pro­ject of its kind in the Val­ley. The At­las Coal Mine has an ar­chive of oral his­to­ries gath­ered over the past 22 years and this 150 pro­ject hopes to com­pli­ment the work that the At­las has done.

“There’s no need to be long in the tooth, we’re just look­ing for peo­ple that know a bit about their fam­ily’s past and for youth who are in­ter­ested in hear­ing how the town they live in de­vel­oped” ex­plains Emily Holling­shead, Li­brary Di­rec­tor. “Matched pairs will be sup­ported through­out the process and will also have the chance to find out more about their past if they want to, with sup­port from the Li­brary. LinkAges: a char­ity that works to build bridges be­tween the gen­er­a­tions is run­ning a ‘shar­ing in­ter­gen­er­a­tional stories’ com­pe­ti­tion this year and are ex­cited about our pro­ject. We’re hop­ing some of our par­tic­i­pants will en­ter!”

The pro­ject is look­ing for peo­ple with a knowl­edge of IT, or with an in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing their IT skills, to work with the Li­brary to build a web­site for the in­for­ma­tion to be stored on.

They are hop­ing to start the pro­ject very soon so please get in touch with April Har­ri­son on 403 823 1315.

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