Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Heritage
Kemper County recently hosted its annual Heritage Day. The festival spotlighted several historical artifacts from our town’s history. Plus, it helped to emphasize the importance of preserving one’s history. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or simply an ordinary citizen, you can help honor your family/town’s history and help the younger generation gain a sense of identity. Here are some great ways you can do it.
Share your family/town’s history by creating a Hope Chest. What is a Hope Chest? A Hope Chest used to be a wooden box where young women placed items that they wanted to take to their new homes with them when they married. However, today, a Hope Chest can be constructed out of anything that you want it to be. It can be small or large. It can be made for a boy or for a girl. Things that you can put inside a Hope Chest include whatnots, family recipes, dishes, quilts, family photos, jewelry, and any other items that are unique to your heritage.
What better way to share family/town history than through pictures. Don’t just share a bunch of random photos. Create a historical photo collage of those old pictures. Thanks to modern technology, this is simple. All you will need is the photos and access to a computer program to begin combining those precious memories.
What is a mural? A mural is a large picture that is painted directly onto an interior or exterior surface. They often depict a particular event or tell a story. Our local grocery store, Pilgrim’s, has beautiful murals all around its walls. Each mural shares a beautiful and unique piece of history. You can do something similar. If you have an empty wall or other free space, you can design a mural of your family/town history.
Create a Video
Video is the most popular forms of communication today. People are obsessed with sites like Tik Tok, where short form videos rule. Tap into all of this wonderful technology while preserving your heritage. Make a fun video documenting your family or town’s history. This doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. A quick, short video of family photos, town events, or historical sites can be transformed into a video. Simply add music, and Voilà!
I recently created one myself of the Veteran’s Memorial Engraved Walkway at the Kemper County Courthouse on Memorial Day. This video went viral on Instagram.
If you like to write, consider creating a family or town biography. Start by completing a family tree. Then, collect family photos, locate historical records, and interview your family members. You can create your biography using specially purchased computer programs or simply save the information on a storage devise. Once you have composed your biography, you can have it turned into a book. You can then distribute copies of the biography to your family members.