Free sessions to assist those who want to share their life story

MSA Museum Society to hold life writing sessions

Those who are interested in sharing and preserving their life story in print can attend a free information session that will teach them how.

The MSA Museum Society will hold its first session on Saturday, April 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The sessions will be in collaboration with local writer, editor and personal historian Philip Sherwood, whose company specializes in helping individuals, families, organizations, and communities tell and preserve their stories in book form.

The sessions will give an overview of the life writing process, provide a question and answer session, and point participants to several resources to get started. Individuals who want to get going but need help with a plan can request a free one-on-one consultation. A free list of do-it-yourself resources will be available at the museum and daylong seminars will be held for those who want more detailed help. Several fee-based services are also offered to those needing more assistance.

Dorothy van der Ree, executive director of the MSA Museum Society said that people often lament that they want to gather stories for their family but don’t know how to get started.

“We want to encourage them and offer services that remove as many of the hindrances as possible. Individual stories are priceless, and every story preserved adds in a small way to the collective memory of the community.”