Cross Generational Living History Project Live for Canada’s 150
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.