Every month more more facts become available about our ancestors. These facts are like their skeletons. Family stories about them can add flesh to their bones and give life to their existence. In many families only one or two members remember these stories. These family members often assert that “someday” they will record the stories, but unfortunately many don’t. When they pass away the stories are lost.
My Saving the Stories III presentation offers a method for telling family stories with pictures in an animated slideshow. It begins with two examples of my family stories.
The second part of the program gives a detailed explanation of how to make a slideshow by altering and animating images. It also explains how to add text boxes, sound, and media. Many family members would prefer watching a slideshow than reading a book. An interesting slideshow could be the highlight of a family reunion.
The program ends with a slideshow of a “Coming to America” story. These slideshows are designed to be entertaining as well as informative.
Tom Toohey is a modern day Irish storyteller who has traveled to Ireland 20 times and collected hundreds of stories. He comes to this tradition naturally as his parents were great storytellers. In the last 20 years Tom has recorded his family stories in a six volume book called Images of Other Lives. For 40 years Tom was a teacher. He taught all levels from elementary school through graduate school as a public school teacher, adjunct professor and educational consultant. Tom has a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a M.M. from the University of Hartford.