If you’re an original West Ender who wants to forever preserve your memories of the Old West End, please send an email with the subject line “Share My Story” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re able to drop by the Museum, please indicate that, so we can reply to schedule an interview.
If you live out of state or otherwise cannot make it to the Museum, you can still take part. You have a few options:
- Do a video recording of your story (can be done easily with many smartphones) and attach the video file to your email.
- Do an audio recording of your story (can be done easily with many smartphones) and attach the audio file to your email.
- Send us a written account of your story.
Being filmed or audio recorded at the Museum, or sending us a recording or written account, does not guarantee its use. By being recorded or submitting, however, you grant The West End Museum permission to edit and use your story on the Museum website and to promote it via social media and other Museum communications.
Guidance for Video, Audio and Written Story Submissions
- Please keep the total length of your video or audio track to four minutes or less. Please keep your written account to 1,000 words or fewer (approximately 3 typed pages, double-spaced).
- For video and audio recordings, be sure to speak slowly and clearly.
- Please begin your video, audio track or written account by stating/writing:
- Your name (including maiden name, if applicable) and—if doing video or audio—spell your first, last and maiden names.”
- Years you lived in the West End
- At what address/es you lived.
- Your family members (including their names and, for siblings, if they were older or younger)
- Try to speak to the heart and sensory elements of your memories — the sights, smells, sounds, etc.
- Possible topics include:
- Recollections of holidays/special occasions, family and/or friends, routine goings-on in the community
- Which schools you attended (grade levels; locations within the West End; favorite subjects, teachers, extra-curricular activities)
- Organizations with which you were involved (e.g., Elizabeth Peabody House, West End House) and your favorite clubs/activities, peers and adults with whom you interacted
- Neighborhood stores/shops and the kind of places they were, owners or people who worked there
- Memories of the “urban renewal” period such as what you recall being told about it, how you and your family dealt with it, demolition you witnessed, where you relocated to and why
- What it was like returning to the neighborhood for the first time in later years
- Your ethnic background and thoughts on how people of different ethnicities got along in the community