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Fort Collins Memory Project

April 7, 2011

In April of 2009 the Fort Collins Museum started a memory project where the public could come in with their photos, objects, etc. and have them scanned and uploaded to create a digital story.  They then recorded a narration to accompany the digital story.  The participants are sharing their immigration stories and will receive a cd copy of the story they helped put together.  These stories will also be added to the local history archives so other patrons can access the materials and they are also published on the museum’s website.  The project included a workshop where patrons could learn how to construct such projects on their own.  The link below gives you access to the blog posted by the museum containing an update from each week of the project.  I chose this blog because I wanted to see how digital storytelling was used in real life and in a museum setting and I found this project particularly interesting.

Fort Collins Memory Project Blog


5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 10:29 am

    What a wonderful project to protect the history of immigration within this country. My father’s parents immigrated from Czechoslovakia and Austria-Hungary and it was very difficult getting details from them. They seemed quite happy being American. I would have loved a history digital story of our family’s roots and immigration to preserve for my children. Their stories are our history, and what American is all about.

  2. tierneyh permalink
    April 8, 2011 1:10 pm

    This is an awesome project. I love that the oral histories are accompanied by photos and documents.

  3. April 8, 2011 2:57 pm

    I am a huge fans of these kinds of projects! Many people forget that the America we enjoy today was populated by immigrants and that each family has a story to tell.

    In the same vein, let’s hear it for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ( who have taken on the mission of preserving family histories for everyone in the entire world!

  4. April 8, 2011 3:41 pm

    That’s really cool. I love the pictures that go with the stories. It gives the whole project a “real life” feel to it.

  5. April 8, 2011 5:35 pm

    This is an interesting site with the project. I love the oral history, photos and documents.

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