Sometimes family history comes to us not as a narrative of past events but as unconnected shards of our ancestors lives. This session examines the fragmentary evidence of the presenter's great-grandparents lives from the battlefields of France in the First World War to the changing lifestyles in upstate New York during the roaring 1920's and Prohibition. How can an historian, or any family member, make a cohesive story out of a box of photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, and military papers? How do we process stories that are shameful, scandalous, or inglorious? What role can creative writing fulfill? The presentation includes an excerpt from the forthcoming stage play, All the Way to Berlin.
|Presenters:||Steven Bennett (Undergraduate Student)
Michael Eisenstein (Undergraduate Student)
|Time:||3:45 pm Session V|