What a joy it was to interview, organize, edit, design -- and publish! -- this legacy book for my family. My maternal grandfather, who passed in August 2014 at the age of 95, sat for an interview and told me all his childhood memories and more stories about his life until he was married and had children. Since he was the last sibling surviving, all those sweet stories were going to be lost.
We also included all the family history photos, family tree, our ties to the Mayflower Pilgrims, and cultural information about rural North Carolina, where he grew up. His father worked on the railroad and that theme carried forward as Papa described his own work in the energy industry when he was offered a job with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The next project is in the works! Rob's mother, Lee, just turned 90 in December and I am working with her to publish her own fabulous memoirs. She has a fascinating life story with tales of growing up in pre-World War I Chicago, traveling to England on her own, and there are a few skeletons lurking too. It will be a gem for the family to have all this, as well as her family history, together in one book. I even found images from the family origins in small villages in Sweden and France.
Here's an inside spread from my grandfather's book. Here is a link to the preview posted over on Blurb.com, all the pages are visible there.
I've got Lee's content organized and digitized and jumping right into design. Loving these projects :)