Telling Your Family Stories

Instructor:  Jane McLean

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Class limit 15

We all have family stories that deserve to be told. But where do we start? To whom do we tell them? And how do we get our stories out there? Creating a family story can be as simple as writing a few notes on an index card for the next family reunion, or as high-tech as setting up a family website for collections of photos, genealogical records, and articles. In each class, we will explore platforms for passing on our stories to family members or the community via oral histories, print publications, memory books, and online blogs or websites. Students will have opportunities for guided reading, research, and writing. Students may submit three projects for personalized feedback from the instructor. Class limit 15

Required Text(s): None, but “Telling Your Family Stories” by Jane McLean is highly recommended and is available from the author/instructor for $12.00, payable at the beginning of class.

Jane McLean is a retired speech-language pathologist, special educator, and community theater performer. She received a master’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo NY, and has a background in writing, editing, and website management. Jane and her husband, John Elberfeld, have taught “Preserving and Sharing Your Family History” at Belfast and Penobscot Valley Senior Colleges. They co-wrote “Helderberg Hilltowns” for Arcadia Publishing. With Megan Pinette, Jane recently co-authored “Belfast,” an illustrated history of Belfast, also for Arcadia Publishing.