hi Margaret, what a delightful story! ruthMargaret Deefholts <deefholt@...>
I'm not sure how many writers on our listserv are aware of the People's History project which forms part of the Royal B.C. Museum's 150th Anniversary special exhibit "Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and B.C" which celebrates the historical, social and cultural heritage of this Province. The link is http://www.freespir itbc.ca/ and if you go
into the "People's History" tab you'll discover a rich diversity of tales from people all over B.C.
Everyone has a story to tell, and they want to hear yours - whether in the shape of narratives, photographs or video clips. The exhibit runs till January 2009 (well worth visiting if you happen to be in Victoria this summer) and contributors' stories will remain on the Museum's web-site until then. After the exhibition closes, all the stories and memoirs submitted will be housed in the B.C. archival records in perpetuity for future generations to read and enjoy.
It's painless to hoist the material electronically, but they also accept material in the mail. See guidelines for details on this. From my own experience, it takes about three weeks for the story, or photos, video clips etc. to appear on their site.
If you care to do so, browse through my article, Finding Home (listed under "Stories of Arrival") but more importantly, if you have time to do so, take a look at the variety of experiences submitted by people from all walks of life. See http://freespiritbc .com/peopleshist ory/index. aspx Some chronicles are about extraordinary men and women; others are everyday experiences by ordinary folks - but no less special for all that. It's not necessary but, if you choose to do so, you can also rank the stories on a scale of one to five.
Most important of all...do take this opportunity to send in your own contribution - your children, grandchildren and those who come afterwards, will be glad you did.
PS: The entire RBCM Free Spirit "virtual exhibition"
site is wonderful - but, beware...trawling through its contents can be addictive!
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