Marjorie Shaefer

Marjorie Shaefer will highlight the Creative Aging project for Hawkins County.

ROGERSVILLE — The Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded a $4,030 grant to the Rogersville Arts Council to produce a Creative Aging project for Hawkins County.

The title of this oral history and storytelling project is “Seniors & Community: Connecting Through Storytelling”, which is free for all seniors in the county.

There is also strong community support for this series from Hawkins Co. Library System, and the Rogersville Senior Center.

Have you ever wondered if your grandchildren might want to know:

• How did you get your name or nickname?

• Who are your parents?

• Where did they live when you were growing up?

• Did you ever quilt?

• Do you like to work with wood?

• Do you remember watching a grandparent do something they loved?

• Where have you lived?

• Do you like to travel?

• Where have you been?

This series of workshops will guide you through finding the stories in your memories and preparing to tell them to groups of listeners. The workshops will also provide a process of interviewing other family members and friends to retrieve their stories from the events of their lives.

The project includes eight 90-minute sessions led by Jonesboro Storyteller Marjorie Shaefer, who has conducted this same program for the Johnson City Library.

“When I presented this workshop recently in Johnson City, I was excited to see the pride expressed by folks finding and telling their own stories.”

Starting on January 25th, plans are to hold all sessions at the Rogersville Senior Center on Thursdays beginning at 3:30 p.m. with a performance at Price Public Community Center on March 22 (depending on the weather), culminating in a recording of the public performance and a printed collection of stories.

Some may want to work with an art instructor to include visual arts to go with their story.

Join us for this free series of workshops, which will help you recollect and share family stories.

For more information, or to sign up for the project, please call 423-754-6363 by January 20 and a registration form will be sent to you.

There is no admission fee but space is limited.