From all of us to all of you, we wish you all the best this holiday season. May you make lots of great memories and share wonderful moments with your family and friends.

 

Von Wong Finds His Purpose

Sometimes a person’s life story is about their search for their purpose in life.  Benjamin Von Wong is an incredibly talented photographer who spent his life trying to figure out what he was meant to do with his life.  He came up with a formula that lead him to a purpose of bringing people’s attention to environmental and humanitarian causes through his incredible photography.

What is YOUR legacy?

New Offering “Audio Journals”

Many people have kept journals over the years. Sometimes it is those journals that are all that is left behind after the writer passes on.  Capturing Legacies can turn written journals into recorded audio stories.  Did your great grandparent keep a journal?  What would it be like if you could listen to their words. Our experienced voice over talent can take the written words and present them with character and vibrancy like the original author, making them come to life.

Contact us today and get started with your legacy project.

Hats Off to Deirdre and Ian Harris

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Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald Deirdre and Ian Harris pose for a photo at a ceremony celebrating the couple’s $1 million legacy gift to the Calgary Public Library. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Dean Pilling/Postmedia

In the Calgary Herald this morning there was an article regarding Deirdre and Ian Harris and their $1-Million legacy gift to the Calgary Public Library foundation.  Along with the other individuals and companies who have donated, we want to say thank you.  Not because it has anything to do with Capturing Legacies Inc., in fact it doesn’t, but because it is an incredible gift to the world.  Anything that encourages or preserves the stories of every day people is a good thing for humanity.

Much of human history is told by politicians, the media, and people who bend and twist things to suit their needs.  We believe that history should be told by those who lived it!  Our mandate is to capture people’s stories.  Those stories that tell you who the person was, and what their life was like.

One of our first clients, Catherine Mitchell, wrote her life story in four volumes and yet she has no children or family to pass them on to.  Thanks to the generosity of the people and companies that have donated to the CPL’s Shared History Program, presumably everyone will be able to have a permanent home for the physical books that are their life stories.

For the electronic version of Catherine’s story, please visit our self-guided life story application: AStoryNotForgotten.com.  Even better, sign up for you own free account and start writing YOUR story.  If you need help writing your story, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We can help you do it yourself, or alternatively, we can do all the work for you.

Consider Your Legacy for a Special Gift

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We have put together a really simple and short survey about Considering your Legacy.

To thank you for taking a few minutes to respond and provide your valuable input, we will give you a free 3 month subscription to our online life story software so you can get started on your own life story.

Please use the following link to access the survey.  Once the survey is complete, if you include your email address and create an account on AStoryNotForgotten.com we will upgrade you and give you 3 months free.

– Consider Your Legacy Survey –

It means a lot to us to hear from you.  Thank you in advance for supporting our work.

It’s Time To Tell YOUR Story

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It’s Time To Tell YOUR Story

After a year of banging away at our keyboards, we have launched our online life story project management software.  Now you can easily create your own life story or capture the legacy of someone you love.

 

It is FREE to sign up so visit http://AStoryNotForgotten.com to check it out.  Also please subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn how you can get a free upgrade and even make yourself some cash for sharing.

A Story Not Forgotten Software

Writers, the system has a professional level subscription to allow you to manage the biography projects for your own clients, including managing the financial aspects of your business.  Contact us for more information.

Holiday Memories

The holidays are upon us. As we visit with our families, eat too much and hope that Santa brings us something wonderful, consider that you are adding to your life story.

If you are lucky enough to have your parents or grandparents with you this year, I hope they tell you more of their stories.  Many people don’t have the option to hear those tales, life lessons and adventures, and they would give anything to be able to.  You are truly blessed if you have them to listen to.

Even better, consider capturing their legacy so those stories can be told for many years to come.  Share them with your children, grandchildren and future generations.  We can help you with your life story project.  Perhaps you might consider giving a Capturing Legacies life story project to someone you love as a very special gift.  It wouldn’t just be for them either, it would be a gift for your family and all those future family members that haven’t even arrived yet.

Regardless of what you do, enjoy this special, and magical time of year.  From all of us at Capturing Legacies, Happy Holidays!  May you have a wonderful end of the year and a happy and prosperous New Year!

The Calgary Stampede

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Calgary Stampede Parade 2010 (photo by Aduro Photography)

Here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where Capturing Legacies Inc. is based, we have the Calgary Stampede, an annual event that began in September of 1912.

Running for 10 days each year and starting with a massive parade in the downtown core, it is known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.  On the date of this post, we are in the middle of Stampede week and I was thinking about the history of this long standing tradition.

Celebrating the Calgary Exhibition & StampedeOn the Calgary Stampede website they have information and a great video on Building the Stampede Legacy.  With an event that is over 100 years old, there is a lot of history there.  With a public event of this magnitude, there has been a lot of photos, video and news articles produced over the years and the life story of the Calgary Stampede has been written several times in numerous books .

People often think of a biography or life story being about a specific person.  Actually a life story can be written about a place, a building, a long-running event like the Calgary Stampede, or even a specific thing like an ancient artifact that tells a story about human history.

Knowledge of our past is important.  The history of mankind including our people, our creations, our events and our stories all need to be recorded for future generations.  You can write your story or we can help you do it.  The important thing is that it gets done, so now is as good a time as any to capture your legacy.

 

Why You Should Record Your Life Story

Man and his new Chevrolet CarRemember when someone in your life, like a parent or grandparent, told you stories about their life? Remember how their eyes lit up when they told you about a time they were younger, the things that they did and places they had seen? Maybe you are now that person, telling your stories to your children or grandchildren. You really should be, it is very important to them.

Since the beginning of human existence stories have been passed down from generation to generation. Embellished or not, it is how valuable lessons are learned and wonderful adventures entertain and inspire. Some people learn from mistakes and others take a few lessons before they figure things out, but everyone experiences a unique and colorful life. The story of your life is more important than you might know and there are no two lives exactly the same. Many people don’t think that their life was all that interesting, but that’s because they were there, they lived it. To other people, that person’s life was very interesting.

I remember my father telling me about when he first came to Canada in the 1950’s and he worked for the railroad. At times It was very cold and he recalls being bundled up with only his eyes and the tip of his nose exposed to the elements. Outside, in the middle of nowhere, he cleared snow off the track switches so that trains could operate safely. To him it was just a really crappy job that he had when he first came to the country and didn’t yet speak English. To me it was a fascinating story that gave me a new perspective as to who my dad was and what life was like for him back then. When you look back through time, it is hard to imagine how the world was for previous generations. To experience it through the words of someone who was there and lived that life is priceless. We owe it to the future to tell our stories.

Imagine if the history of every person on earth was recorded, there would be an endless library of incredible stories. Family members would live on in the hearts and minds of future generations. Newcomers to the world could read about the lives and history of their ancestors, where they came from and how they lived their lives. Mankind would have a real understanding of how things like technology, politics and war have influenced our lives, from a real human perspective rather than just through the news and media reports.

Whether you think so or not, you have lead a fascinating life. Make your contribution to human history and record your life story.

For free tips on how to write your life story visit www.CapturingLegacies.com or talk to us about writing your life story for you.