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About this project
What is Remembering A Lifetime?
Remembering A Lifetime is a complete kit that allows you to preserve your family memories and history in their own voice. Our kit is easy to use, senior friendly and contains everything you need including specially designed voice recorder and flip-book of 52 carefully crafted questions.
Remembering A Lifetime gives people the opportunity to save these stories in digital format as told by those most important to us. You might call it an audio scrapbook to be shared for generations.
How it Works
The Remembering a Lifetime kit contains a specially designed digital voice recorder and a flip-book of 52 carefully crafted questions designed to help recall memories of childhood, family genealogies, cultural events, and special memories as told by the interviewee in his or her own voice. Your family member simply records the answers from the question cards into the voice recorder.
The Voice Recorder
Large color coded buttons
Buttons shaped to describe their function
High-Def multi-directional microphone
Up to 12 hours or recording
Single .wav file can be copied but never erased from recorder
Secure from accidental erasing or file deletion
Internal rechargeable battery (USB cord included)
The Interview Questions
52 questions spanning a lifetime of memories
Family history and genealogy
Childhood friends and activities
Holiday and seasonal traditions
Work and military service
Stories about siblings
Marriage and family life
Optional Printed Edition
For an additional charge, we will create a printed paperback autobiography. If you’ve purchased one of our Remembering a Lifetime kits you will have the option, for an additional fee, to upload your completed .wav file to our website along with 10 of your favorite photos. We will create a one-of-a-kind bound autobiography. Your book will contain a transcription of all 52 questions and feature your favorite photo as the cover. This is a great idea for family members to go in together and order copies to be kept and read for generations.
Why did we create Remembering a Lifetime?
We provide a way to preserve the stories and memories of your family for future generations to enjoy. Over the years you may have been told stories by the older generation of your family. Some of those stories have been forgotten, missing details, or just never find a way to be preserved for others. When those family members pass on, we are left with hazy memories and with the next generation, those memories will be mostly lost.
Who knows what you might discover! How many stories have we not heard at all? Either they are tucked away or the subject never comes up, or maybe we assume we’ve heard it all and never ask the right questions. Our questions are designed to uncover those memories.
Provide a backstory to family pictures and the family tree. You have a geneology with names, but missing stories behind the names. You have a boxes containing pictures of family and places, some which you have never met or seen and will never know without the backstory.
Get to know your family better. We have videos and movies of our parents, but they’re singing happy birthday at children’s parties, or opening Christmas presents. I treasure those pictures but they don’t reveal the person for who they really are and what they are about on the inside. You will know a person better if you know the road they’ve traveled.
Gather a comprehensive family history. This is not a product just for mom and dad, but what if you had this recording of all your older relatives. A definitive history of your family would be preserved when you have completed kits of aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.
Help seniors feel their history matters. In a day where the opinion of an older generation seems insignificant or out of touch, the idea that we are interested in the events of their life will show how much their lives matter.
Discover the history of our ancestor’s daily struggles. When we look back on a previous generation’s life we discover they faced the same challenges we face with work, family life, and daily tasks. We are likely to find we may not have it so bad ourselves.
A way for future generations to create a bond with their ancestors. What a way for our children and future grandchildren, to meet their ancestors by hearing their stories told in their own voice. This is a way to build relationships that otherwise wouldn’t exist.
Everybody has a story. The captivating stories of pain, victory, tragedy, success, fear happiness, or sorrow are not just found in books and movies. Our own heritage contains stories that could affect your family in amazing ways.
Risks and challenges
We need your help. By supporting Remembering A Lifetime, you will provide an easy and effective way for families to preserve their family history.
1) Complete successful Kickstarter Campaign
2) Complete the electrical engineering design for manufacturing
3) Place and secure first production order
4) Package and ship first production order to backers.
Reward includes Complete Kit along with a personalized Christmas Card announcing a kit has been reserved in recipient's name. Kit to be shipped from our first production order. You will be able to upload a photo of the recipient to be used on the cover of the card.
Two Complete Kits along with a personalized Christmas Card announcing a kit has been reserved in each of the recipient's names. Kits to be shipped from our first production order. You will be able to upload photos of the recipient to be used on the cover of each card.