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Preserving the Memory of Her Grandfather’s WWII Heroism

CNN reporter Chloe Melas is determined to preserve the memory of her grandfather’s WWII heroism. Her “grandpa” Frank DeSales Murphy survived months in a German POW camp after being shot out of his B-17 Flying Fortress in Germany. He was part of the 8th Air Force’s 100th Bomb Group—nicknamed “The Bloody Hundredth” – which inspired...
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Epiphone acoustic guitar

Finding a family story in the most ordinary places.

Don was 13 when he found an old Epiphone acoustic guitar in his family basement and taught himself to play. Despite the limitations of the worn, 1940’s era instrument, it became his obsession. 
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Sharing Memories: a Lockdown “How To”

We’re still stuck in the midst of a pandemic, and most of us can’t get together in person to share the kind of stories or reminiscences that might help us pass along or preserve our individual stories.
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Unique Personal Stories

Reading Unique Personal Stories as Inspiration

With growing frequency, publishers are rolling out books addressing questions of identity, memory and personal histories. Each sheds new light on how we preserve our individual stories and emphasize why it’s important to do this at all.
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“Where were you on 9/11?” Helen’s granddaughter asked her.

“Where were you on 9/11?”
Helen’s granddaughter asked her.

They were driving home when NPR radio aired a segment about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At the time, Helen worked across the street from the burning twin towers in New York. Since then, she had spent decades trying to forget visions of people injured and killed...
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