If you are an everyday scrapbooker…
A “Project Life-r…”
A your story matters type…
then you are documenting your oral history. I was first acquainted with the concept by one of my favorite mystery writers, Earlene Fowler. Earlene writes a captivating series about her protagonists, Benni Harper, who is a curator of a folk art museum on the California central coast. Yes, she solves mysteries — but she also works to provide others with the opportunities and the encouragement to document their stories, whether it be through quilting, woodworking, or other handiwork.
When I was re-reading one of my favorites in the series, Sunshine and Shadow, I realized that Earlene had the soul of a scrapbooker – so I reached out to see if she might be interested in an interview. To my surprise, she’s a scrapbooker! (I shouldn’t have been surprised… she has all the characteristics including a love of personal history and a great sense of humor!).
In this in-depth interview, we talk about:
- The definition of oral history, and how we are all charged with the responsibility to capture our own pieces of history
- How Earlene’s books serve as a scrapbook of sorts of her own life
- What quilting and scrapbooking have in common
- How Facebook just might be giving the world the wrong idea of what life is like in the 21st Century…
- …and more!
Resources and Links from this Episode:
Boston Strong stamp Only $8 and Hero Arts is producing this stamp at no cost — THANK YOU!
Thanks for listening!
P.S. What book first got you thinking about the importance of history and documenting your story? I have to agree with Earlene – The “Little House” books had me at the Big Woods.