Local author Mary Kay Shanley will present The Magic of Our Memories
, addressing the beauty of family stories, the importance of preserving them and passing them on to future generations.
"Iowans are a people with roots," she says. "We grow well in the black soil that blankets this land between two rivers. Here are our homes, our families, our rich memories and vast experiences. Important memories and experiences that must be preserved for generations to come."
She'll also discuss how to record the past via oral history and/or committing stories to paper. That can include anything from writing about one's memories to writing one's memoir.
"I also think people with an interest in genealogy will find this helpful. Including stories along with the research they've gathered augments the who process," she adds.
Her presentation evolved from one of her books, The Memory Box, which, she says, "Taught me the value of my own past and why it should be shared with future generations."
This program will help kick off the Library's "Life Stories" series, a memoir writing program for adults.
Mary Kay Shanley's appearance is sponsored by Humanities Iowa and is open to the public.
About the Presenter:
Mary Kay, from West Des Moines, began her career as a reporter for The Des Moines Register, then moved into freelancing before becoming an author. She is on staff at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival, conducts private writing workshops, and has led classes at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women.