Once you make the decision to convert your memories into a legacy that can be handed down through generations, call Histories in the Making. You’ll be placing your stories in experienced, trusted hands.
First you’ll want to choose how best to preserve your personal history. Please choose between the following options:
- Oral history recorded, edited then preserved on CD
- Oral history videotaped, edited then preserved on DVD
- Narrative history recorded, edited, and crafted into a book
Oral histories preserved on DVD, and carefully written and beautifully bound narrative histories can incorporate family photos, certificates and other vital documents of interest to the family. You may also wish to have our researchers help you draft a genealogical chart.
You also can choose from a menu of extras, like background music, transitional graphics, expert typography, and more.
The process of collecting a personal history is simple, and remarkably similar no matter which preservation format you choose.
- One of our personal historians will conduct a series of recorded interviews with the subject of the personal history.
- The interviewer will gently guide the conversation through each area of interest.
- You may schedule as many interviews as you wish. (Typically, once people get over their initial shyness, stories flow freely.)
- Interviews last between 60 and 90 minutes.
- Once the interviews are transcribed, you meet with your personal historian to decide which stories are to be included in the personal history.
- You relax and let the technicians at Histories in the Making complete your personal history.
You also can trust that every word that flows through Histories in the Making is treated with the utmost care and confidentiality. Your stories will never be revealed to anyone outside of Histories in the Making without your permission.