Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” We’ve all felt, at one time or another, that pull to those who came before us. Who were they? What did they do? How did they live? Do we have their eyes? Their sense of humor?
This desire to connect with those who have come before us probably stems a lot from the innate human desire to leave a legacy – to make a mark on not just the world but on our children, grandchildren, and beyond. We want to be remembered and our story to be told.
Krause Funeral Home sees the value in connecting with our roots and preserving our current family story for future generations. We want to help families learn how to do this, so in celebration of National Family History Month, we’re hosting Personal Historian Mary Voell on Thursday, October 13th from 6:30-8:00 PM. She’ll be providing an interactive presentation and workshop that will help you learn how to tell the story of a lifetime. We hope you’ll get registered and join us!
In the meantime, here are some ideas to spark your interest in National Family History Month:
- Spend time with older relatives. Ask them about their family history. Go through photos with them – ask them who is in the picture if you don’t already know, and encourage them to share the story behind each photo. Be sure to take notes!
- Honor the memory of a loved one who has passed away by visiting his or her grave. If it’s a little bit of a drive, you can even do a tombstone rubbing, if that’s allowed.
- Journal some stories from your own childhood.
- Create a family cookbook.
These are just some ideas to get you started. Be sure to come out to our October 13th event for even more! Share with us below, what are some ways you honor or remember your ancestors?