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Memoir Musings, Issue #107--October issue--Family History Month & Halloween Memories
October 26, 2008
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The U.S. Senate has once again declared October as Family History Month. I looked up the original resolution from 2003, written by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
The following three passages caught my eye:
People often ask, “Why would anyone do a personal or family history?” Senator Hatch stated it well: heritage, responsibility, honor, and commitment. His phrase, “Renew the commitment to the concept of home and family,” adds a new dimension to the list of reasons for creating a family history. It is easy to see that commissioning a memoir is a significant honor to the storyteller. That the same memoir project is also a renewed commitment to family is a remarkable extension. It is a strong signal to all family members that the experiences, choices, beliefs, and emotions of one generation matter greatly to other generations.
I tried to figure out what other actions or gifts send so strong a message within a family. My list so far:
While the rich colors of October and Family History Month, surround us, I hope you join me in thinking about other ways to strengthen and demonstrate commitment to family. I want my family to know that I treasure the many idiosyncrasies of the individuals and the warmth and richness of the collective.
The “sister industry” to Personal History services is undoubtedly the Genealogy industry. Some digging within that industry’s media revealed a nice list of project possibilities for celebrating Family History Month.
According to genealogy pro Kimberly Powell at About.com, here are ten possibilities (some will sound familiar to regular readers of Memoir Musings):
A nice list to ponder, especially with holidays coming up!
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In addition to the serious business of Family History Month, October brings the humor, tricks and treats of Halloween. In my neighborhood, it is a huge deal, more like a 400-house street party with props, music, grill-outs, fire pits and incredibly complex pumpkins. My husband's and youngest daughter's are always a treat. I can remember one year, they gave Becky's pumpkin braces, just like her!
How did your childhood Halloween look, compared to those of your children? Compare:
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