Mini-Memoirs at Mini Maker Faire
This year, Stories To Tell and Meghan Vigeant will be running a Mini-Memoir booth at the Midcoast Mini-Maker Faire on September 12. Mini-memoirs are free audio recordings of someone telling a personal story in 10 minutes or less. Participants will receive a CD of their free mini-memoir to take home and share with family, friends, and future generations. Storytellers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Makers of all types will converge at the Camden Amphitheater next to the library for a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness – a celebration of the Maker movement. The Mini-Maker Faire is not an art show or a science fair. It’s an event for people who make things to share them with the community, to celebrate the process of making and learning.
Meghan Vigeant, personal historian and owner of Stories To Tell, will be stationed at a booth beside a temporary recording studio set-up in one of the small brick outbuildings in the Amphitheater. Vigeant will record the audio sessions and ask questions to help prompt the storytelling. Alternately, a friend or family member could be the interviewer too. Questions might include: Who was the biggest influence on your life? What is an important life lesson you've learned? What is a favorite childhood memory? Stories are short, true, and unscripted.
Vigeant has been gathering mini-memoirs from other communities around Maine. During these short sessions, participants have shared deep and meaningful stories, each one different and unique. Deborah talked about her Victorian-minded grandmother raised in Jamaica and the parallels between their lives. Barbara told the story of how she built her own home, a little cabin for only $87, made mostly of salvaged items. Eric, adopted at birth, told the story of meeting his biological brother. Lucy reminisced about her volunteer work with the Red Cross.
Vigeant spends her days asking people about their stories and turning those into books and audio memoirs. She is passionate about collecting the oral histories of ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives. She believes everyone has a story to tell.