Museum’s Story Sharing Program to return

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum will again be hosting the Intergenerational Story Sharing Program. The program, which began in 2000, matches senior citizens with area students.
Feb 29, 2012


The seniors share stories of their lives and the students record the seniors’ stories. 

Each week, students interview seniors on a variety of topics covering childhood, teenage experiences and their professions to the technological and historical changes the seniors have experienced. At the end of the program, each participant receives a book of all the stories written about the seniors by their student partners.

This six-week program begins Thursday, March 8, at the museum’s Akeley Building, 200 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven from 4-5 p.m. The program will continue on the following Thursdays: March 15, 22 and 29; and April 12.

The last session is a reception honoring students and seniors who participated, and will take place from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the museum.

Many of the students and their senior partners have continued to keep in contact long after the program has ended.

The backdrop of the museum lends itself to the program since the seniors can actually show students items they used during their childhood that are displayed in the exhibits. Being able to see a butter churn or an old-fashion soda fountain helps the students visualize what the senior’s life was really like.

If you are an area senior citizen or student interested in participating in this six-week program, call Nancy at 842-0700.


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