Friday, June 26, 2009

Tables of Memory Workshop, July 18

Tables of Memory

Join Me at My Home for an Oral History Workshop and a Nutritious Table

Saturday, July 18, 5 - 9 p.m. Limited to eight people, $50 per person.

Please let me know by email, or phone: 503-282-4787

Do you ever stop to think about the data arrangements deep in your memory, those tablets and mesas where your recollections are etched or scribbled? Do you think about how to bring them alive, and about how you might record the lives of friends and family? Food, Meals, and Tables are springboards to remembering. I will help you spring.

The Courses:

4:30 – 6:15 p .m.: I will introduce oral history concepts and techniques for recording stories of our families, extended families, neighbors, or friends at the club, church, and workplace. My instruction is informed by my own experience of recording the oral histories and stories of more than 120 people.

6:15 – 7 p. m.: Next we enjoy the pleasure of a table: delicious main dish, salad, bread and light dessert. Lemon water, a table wine, and tea are provided. If you wish to bring your own wine, you’re welcome to do so.

7 - 8 p.m.: We will engage our memories, using tablets and pens.

I will illustrate the process of evoking memories by asking participants questions about foods, meals, tastes, food rituals and tables from their past. The questions have the potential to bring alive all kinds of memories.

This is going to be a very good time! We will write and remember. Some people may want to share their recollections, so we’ll allow time at the end for those who do.

You will have a feast of memories and ideas to chew on for weeks, tools to use on your own, and perhaps a start on a project. The $50 fee includes the instruction and An Oral History Kit for you to take home. I hope the meal that accompanies the workshop will leave you with a happy belly
and that the total experience is rewarding.

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