Welcome to the Winter 2020 issue!
2020 marks 17 years that Family Legacy Video, Inc. has been helping individuals, families, and organizations preserve, celebrate, and share their life stories through custom, personal documentaries known as legacy videos. I’d like to offer a heartfelt “thank you” to all the clients who have put their trust in me and my company. I’ve been honored to serve you. And I’m looking forward to helping new clients celebrate their stories this year!
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Family Legacy Video® e-Newsletter. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone toll-free (888.662.1294) with any questions or comments you have.
Cheers! – – Steve Pender
Preserve, celebrate, and share your life stories – your children and grandchildren will thank you.
Story, as it turns out, was crucial to our evolution – more so than opposable thumbs. Opposable thumbs let us hang on; story told us what to hang on to.
Lisa Cron, Wired for Story
Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.
Sue Monk Kidd, author
I’ve always loved hearing family stories.
I can remember lying in my bunk bed, doing my best to stay awake and straining to hear the after-dinner conversations of my parents and our aunts & uncles and grandparents. And my favorite times on our holiday visits to relatives came after cake and coffee were served, as I listened to the adults “shoot the breeze” and reminisce about their lives and times.
Why? I found these stories comforting, and interesting. They clued me in to the character (and characters) of my family, introduced me to relatives I saw rarely, broadened my knowledge about the family members I interacted with often, and gave me a sense of where I fit within my family and how my family fit within the larger world.
I wasn’t surprised to find, years later, that university studies confirmed the benefits of story that I experienced as a sprout. Take these two for example:
Children who know stories about relatives who came before them show higher levels of emotional well-being. Family stories provide a sense of identity through time, and help children understand who they are in the world.
Wake Forest University
Knowing family stories can inspire children to ask ‘Can I do as well or better?’ Telling stories that highlight older relatives making their mark can reinforce older adults’ self-worth, while also inspiring younger family members.
And thanks to modern video technology, your kids and grandkids won’t be relegated to having to eavesdrop on your stories from their bedrooms – they can watch and listen to you tell your stories either at home or on their mobile devices, whenever they want to, or need to.
If you haven’t recorded your life stories yet, there’s no time like the present. And when you’re ready, Family Legacy Video, Inc. will be here to help you create a high-end legacy video keepsake that generations of your family will treasure – and thank you for.
– Steve Pender
Telling the stories of mining pioneers – past and present.
In 2019, for the eighth year in a row, Family Legacy Video® put its storytelling expertise to work for the Mining Foundation of the Southwest. The occasion was the 37th American Mining Hall of Fame Awards Banquet & Fundraiser, attended by over five-hundred MFSW members, honorees and guests on December 7, 2019, at the Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Family Legacy Video’s Steve Pender co-wrote, produced, directed, and edited nine videos that told the stories of mining professionals being honored for recent achievements, highlighted the foundation’s sponsors and the work of the Mining Foundation of the Southwest, and journied back in time to celebrate the contributions of those from generations past.
The videos were a hit with the banquet crowd and some of them will continue to have a life online at the Mining Foundation of the Southwest site. To view the clips, highlight the Hall of Fame tab to open the drop down menu, and then highlight the 2019 Inductee option.