Capture Your History, Record Your Stories

Save your stories in book form, as a written and bound manuscript, in a movie on DVD or audio recordings on CD. (Click on picture to enlarge.)

"You do take your stories with you when you go unless you
record them while you are here."
Capturing a personal history to share with family and friends is a priceless act. The loss of an elderly family member's personal history can be tragic.

(Movie produced by Levonne Gaddy, Capture Your History)

Click here to see Virginia's book.

If you or a loved one decide to be interviewed by a personal historian, here are some helpful things to think about before you begin.

  • What do you think is the most important overall story to tell future generations? Is there anything in particular that most people don’t know, or that should be preserved or celebrated?
  • Do you have documents, photographs or clippings about specific family members that you want to share?
  • What do you remember about your parents and grandparents?
  • You might want to create a Timeline of Significant Events in Your Life: birth, childhood, education, training, career highlights, love, marriage, children, grandchildren.
  • What was your toughest challenge?
  • Did you or your family have any involvement in political or religious movements or military service?

As a personal historian, I can help you turn your memories into:

  • a set of audiotapes
  • an edited written transcript of interviews (with or without photographs)
  • a printed narrative (a book, typically with photos) (hard cover or paperback, acid-free paper or not
  • an ethical will (legacy letter or message from the heart to family)
  • a video photo montage
  • a custom video biography (with or without photographs and/or old video footage)

What it takes from you?

One to twenty hours total of recorded interviews consisting of one to three hour sessions.

How long does it take to complete a project?
It depends on the scope. It could take a few weeks, to six months or years.

What is the cost?
Prices range from several hundred dollars to many thousands for a complex biography. Personal history services are labor-intensive, sometimes requiring many hours of interviewing, transcribing, videotaping, editing, revising, and preparing materials for publication or audio/video distribution. It is crafted to fit the budget of the individual.

 Call me to chat about recording a personal history.
Levonne Gaddy 
(520) 306-7329

Serving Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

1 comment:

Levonne said...

Happy to travel to Tucson or Los Angeles area to work on your loved one's history project! Let's talk about it.