Women Equality Day and our Grandmothers

My grandmother Florence was born in 1898.  When she was born, women could not vote.  When she turned 18 in 1916, she still could not vote.   Women did not get the vote until this day in 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified.   100 years ago, the law was passed to prohibit the state and federal governments from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of their sex.

 

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It is incomprehensible to me to NOT be able to vote.   I struggle with the fact that ONLY 100 years ago were women allowed to vote.  When this photo was taken of my grandmother in 1916, she could not raise her voice and choose who was going to represent her in her government.  I think about this when my daughters accompanied me in November of 2016 when, with photos of my mother and my grandma Mimi tucked into my coat,  I cast my ballot for the first women Presidential candidate, four generations of women standing up for what they believe.

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I think about this and the fact that my daughters turn 18 in two days and have already mailed their absentee ballots to vote in their first election, the Massachusettes State Primary.  They are very excited and ready to vote in their first Presidential election in November.  I cannot imagine what my life or my daughter’s lives would be like if, 100+ years ago women had not organized, fought, and yes died for our right to cast our ballot.

If you are eligible to vote, and you are not registered.  Register before the general election this November.  If you are registered, make sure you honor our fore-mothers who fought for your right to cast your ballot!   There are many places in the world where no one can vote, make sure you make your voice heard!

Friday Family Stories

It’s the last Friday in November… 4 more Fridays and then it’s on to the new year! Hard to believe it’s almost that time but the last of the turkey has been eaten and the Christmas decorations are making their way down from the attic.  This weeks Friday Family Story theme is shopping (fitting right?)…being bored while shopping actually…

The text reads:   “It was the end of a long day of shopping at “The Mothership” aka LL Bean in Freeport. Auntie Tina and I had to examine everything in the Home Store and you for were done. You’d spent your gift cards at the main store and now it was time to home or go for ice cream, or both but please no more SHOPPING!”

 

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Traditional Scrapbook page

 

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Simplified photobook page

So get your photos off of your camera roll on your phone and start telling the stories that are every day small stories, but ones which you know your kids will remind you of over and over (yes, my sister and I are still hearing about “that time you shopped at Bean forever” 4+ years later).

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Friday Family Stories is an (almost) weekly blog series demonstrating how to pair your photos with their stories,  catching fleeting moments to share with those that matter most

Friday Family Stories

Last week I took a hiatus on the blog to drive out to attend my little sisters wedding celebration !  This week I’m back with a new story… which has me feeling all the feels since these two little girls will be going off to college next year… The text reads:

June 2004: Boston Public Garden Today we made a family excursion into Boston to walk around and enjoy the day. It was a beautiful day and we had such fun walking around the Common, down by the Charles River and into the Public Garden. Of course we couldn’t visit the Public Garden without checking out the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue in the corner of the Garden by Charles Street. We have read that book over and over and over, I think we all knew it by heart. You named all the ducklings and debated who was where in the line. You even posed for pictures on your favorite duckling. A fun way to spend a gorgeous afternoon in Boston! Remembered 2015, Love Mama

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Original scrapbook page

 

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Simpler large photo version

Having these photos and doing what I do to tell stories for my family makes the inevitable transitioning to an empty next slightly more appealing!  And it’s all about the stories my friends.

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Friday Family Stories is a weekly blog series demonstrating how to pair your photos with their stories,  catching fleeting moments to share with those that matter most

Friday Family Stories

Todays Friday Family Story goes way back, 82 1/2 years if we’re counting, to a photo of my mom as a little girl.  The text reads:  

My mom, at 2 1/2 years old.  Today would have been her 83rd birthday.  I am so very very lucky to have multiple photo albums full of pictures of my mother and her family.  They were quite a bunch!  Slowly, we are going through the treasures.  I love this photo for the picture of my mom with her dolly carriage mostly because it’s of her, with something she loved, her dolls.  I also love this because it sets time and place.  My mom always had a lovely coat and sometimes hat in photos and always cute outfits.  And saddle shoes (!) and it seems very modern that she’s wearing pants!  And that wicker doll carriage?  I have it, in my attic.  Mom gave it to me years ago when we had an old victorian house… she thought I could use it for decoration because it was…Victorian.  Love it, love her and so happy to have treasures such as these.  

Happy Birthday Mom.

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The original presentation of this story

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Photo and story in a streamlined presentation

 

There is a struggle with old photos where we don’t know the exact details of the photograph. Why bother to keep them when we don’t know the story?  We can however tell a story that links the past to the present even without knowing the details.  I don’t know where this was taken, although I can probably guess it was somewhere around their home at the time in Peekskill, NY.  I don’t know who took it, my grandfather or one of the uncles?  Or if it signifies some specific event, April is not my mom’s birth month so it would not be a photo commemorating her birthday.  It could very well just be a picture of my mom being adorable (and honestly, from the expression on her face, it looks like the photo shoot may have been going on for awhile…).  But what I do know is how I feel about the photograph, and the memories it evokes for me.  I can add my observations surrounding the photograph (the garments she’s wearing and that she loved her dolls) and contemporary details that link me with my mom (the doll carriage that I now have).   I invite you to take a new look at your photographs and see what kinds of stories you can tell from an image that you previously thought was silent.  Let the photo speak to you, you will be surprised what it has to say.  

As you can see, telling your story doesn’t have to involve loads of photos or pages and pages of text (unless that is what you want, then go for it!)  One story, simply told as part of your family story.    Want help telling your family story?  Modern Memorykeeper can help you tell your stories while preserving your family memories.  Let us show you how!

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Friday Family Stories is a weekly blog series demonstrating how to pair your photos with their stories,  catching fleeting moments to share with those that matter most

Friday Family Stories

The Friday Family Story this week delves several years further back into the archives for my favorite photo from a visit with Dad to the lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine near where my sister lives.   Text reads:  

“Grandpa was visiting New England, and of course we had to go see some nautical sights with Aunt Tina in Portland.  We spent the afternoon at Portland Head Light, just a few towns away from Tina’s house!  A beautiful fall day on the coast exploring the lighthouse and all the kids want to know is…Can we climb on the rocks? Why can’t we climb on the rocks? We manage to wrangle everyone for a photo to capture the fun of the day. Love that we live so close to Tina  and so close to the coast!!!”

2015-24-Lent-29-Portland Head Light 2007-PRINTA more embellished and artful presentation of the photo and the story

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As you can see, telling your story doesn’t have to involve loads of photos or pages and pages of text (unless that is what you want, then go for it!)  One story, simply told as part of your family story.    Want help telling your family story?  Modern Memorykeeper can help you tell your stories while preserving your family memories.  Let us show you how!

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Friday Family Stories is a weekly blog series demonstrating how to pair your photos with their stories,  catching fleeting moments to share with those that matter most.

Friday Family Stories

This fall here at Modern Memorykeeper,  I’m are embarking on a blog series I’m calling “Friday Family Stories”.   Each Friday I’ll be sharing a family photo and the story that accompanies the photo to encourage you to tell your family story.  Whether you are the keeper of the family archives (hand raised here), you’re the designated photographer and collector of all of the things for your family, you want to tell the story of your own life, your family life, your dogs life, or the history of your business…I’m hoping this series will inspire you to pair your photographs and memorabilia with stories.

In addition to photographs and stories, I’ll be showing how I put the photos and stories into a format where I can share with…whomever.  Most weeks, this will mean an example of an embellish more artful page and also a more classic approach.  Both examples appropriate for being incorporated into a bound photo book.

Let’s get started shall we?

The Friday Family Story for this week centers around the first of many ‘noreasters here in New England a few years ago that left over 100″ of snow by the time winter was over…  the copy for the story reads:

“The Beginning of the Winter of Too Much SNOW!  

Monday:  Blizzard warning starts, and huge lines at the market and gas stations.  Travel ban and State of Emergency in effect for almost two days, so no school for two days.  Blowing and snowing like crazy!  At times, we can barely see across the street.

Tuesday:  Still snowing in the morning and crazy wind but we still have power.  Later in the day…HUGE piles of snow and lots of snowblowing and shoveling…What does that mean in our neighborhood??  Yes, it’s a party!!  The kids were out sledding on the huge mountains of snow on the corner until it got dark and too dangerous with the plows out.  The adults hung around at the neighbors and had a spontaneous potluck supper with plenty of beverages…yes, the BEST way to ride out the aftermath of the blizzard.”

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A more embellished and artful presentation of the photo and the story

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A clean and graphic version

As you can see, telling your story doesn’t have to involve loads of photos or pages and pages of text (unless that is what you want, then go for it!)  One story, simply told as part of your family story.    Want help telling your family story?  Modern Memorykeeper can help you tell your stories while preserving your family memories.  Let us show you how!

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Friday Family Stories is a weekly blog series demonstrating how to pair your photos with their stories,  catching fleeting moments to share with those that matter most.