Mini-Memoir Day at Skidompha

Stories to Tell is giving away free mini-memoirs on Wednesday September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, Maine. Mini-memoirs are fee audio recordings of someone telling a personal story. Participants will receive a CD of their mini-memoir to take home and share with family, friends, and future generations. Storytellers of all ages are encouraged to participate in this free event. Advanced sign-ups are highly encouraged.

Mini memoir stories are short, true, and unscripted. They might be about something big, or something small. A story could be about going to war, or learning to bake bread with Grandma, or about growing up in the town Damariscotta. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. Participants will leave with a CD of their mini-memoir to take home and share with family, friends, and future generations.

Personal historian Meghan Vigeant will record and conduct the informal interviews. Alternately, a friend or family member can act as the interviewer. For example, a grandchild might interview a grandparent. There will be question suggestions available. Participants are advised to select only one topic for their 10-minute recording session.

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.

As the owner of Stories to Tell, Vigeant spends her days asking people about their personal history and turning their stories into books and audio memoirs. She is passionate about collecting the oral histories of ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives.

Drop-ins are welcome, but sessions are limited and advanced sign-ups are encouraged. Please email Meghan or call (207) 975-0508 to reserve your spot.