ORAL HISTORY IS IMPORTANT
First, the human voice is nuanced. Capturing a voice adds depth and texture to our understanding and it allows an instant emotional connection with important people in our lives.
Second, oral history interviews allow us the chance to know stories that may have no paper trail! They may have left no trace at all… such as the antics of teenaged farmhands, meeting a birth mother, or hearing a grandmother say, “I loved school — and I was good at it, too!
I am delighted to offer a chance to do this work to add to the voices of women, historically excluded people, and family to history. Click the red button to get started with a short phone call.
Gatherings can be tough! You’ve been through it, and probably tried to:
🛑Get that teen to stop talking politics until grandma leaves?
🛑Ask kids to share about school?
🛑Shut down talk that’s offensive?
🛑Grin and bear it?
Potluck Legacy invites everyone to contribute to a shared project: collecting stories and histories of the group.
Friends or family.
The Potluck Legacy guide will be the best $7 you spend this month!.
Potluck Legacy walks you through a FUN small group archive:
🦃 the plan: set the scene for success
🦃 the process: when everyone shows up
🦃 the project: documenting & sharing this legacy project with those who chipped in.
PLUS: how to extend the life of your collection! Best practices for both digital preservation & care and handling of your items.
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Angela L. Todd
I spent 18 years as “archivist and senior research scholar” at an academic science library, actively adding women & people of color to the global historical record of a branch of science. I have degrees in women’s history and cultural theory — the latter means that I see the cultural value of everyday practices such as food, clothing, hobbies, and domestic arrangements.
A portion of my profits go to a monthly donation to the National Women’s History Museum.
Thinking about a bigger project? Schedule a free 30 minute consult:
MEDIA & SPEAKING
Trained as a teacher and public educator, Angela loves to engage groups on topics related to family and women’s history, oral history, legacy-building, and archives — particularly in relation to historically excluded populations. For more information click here.
One Special Photo:
the story of a great shot
Choose a photo that captures a tradition, a special moment, or a generation.
Gather folks to talk about the photo: what all the aunties remember about high school, or the best part of Seder, or mom’s tattoo. A pet that lived forever, that summer at band camp, the big family reunion, or your first car.
We will fix a time to talk about your photo together, online, for 30 minutes. Then the best bits of transcription will be printed on a professionally produced greeting card and two copies will be returned to you. (Order more for an additional fee.)
“I always held this photo very dear. But I never imagined how much it would come to life by talking about it. It was such an extraordinary gift to be able to reflect on where we were at that moment—both literally and figuratively. I also gained so much insight about myself, my path in life, and the way my experiences with my friends have shaped the person I have become. I came away from this experience with so much joy and hope.” Dr. Mary Sokolowski, One Special Photo client.
Personal & Family Archives
Gather up everything you want to save: photos, letters, passports, journals. I’ll come by for a day or two and organize and catalogue all that time allows, with instructions on how to carry on with it. I help clients sort through family records and photos to create a family archive that’s accurate and ready to share.
VIP: Vast, intensive, private
This “wraparound” package includes oral history, archives, and genealogical work. With this three-pronged approach to unearthing the past, you’ll get the fullest story, know the most, about it. I’ll use my vast experience as an archivist to bring order to your archives & help you make sense of your records for generations to come.
Let’s take your history to the next level! Angela L. Todd loves fleshing out genealogies with historical photos and immigration politics of the time. She also loves a good mystery, and would enjoy researching unidentified photographs or photo albums in your collection. Angela L. Todd consults on the storage and preservation of rare photos and documents.
Angela L. Todd offers consultations regarding placing a collection or family items in a meaningful public repository — historical society, museum, archive, or cultural collection.
Writing Our Kids Into History: for moms of medical, atypical, or special needs children
Traditional record-keeping does not account for our kids. It simply can’t. It relies on collecting data from the institutions that track graduations, marriages, having children, and so on. So we are going to do it ourselves! This is a great way to get started, or it can stand alone.
This is for you if:
- You do not want your child forgotten.
- You have a story to tell — maybe it will be for your child later.
- Your child’s story cannot simply be reduced to medical data.
- You’ve been thinking about writing on your child’s, your family’s or your experience.
- You’re ready to add a STORY to the dates that show up on your family tree for your child.
- You want to capture all the details while they are still recent.
- You want to organize your thoughts about what’s happening right now.
- You giggle about the whole world learning to wash their hands, which we with atypical kids consider old news.
CLICK HERE for all the details about this 6-week Group Program.