New Hastings business helps your personal history live on

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am

HASTINGS, Neb. — A person's life is made up of many moments and many stories that define who that person is and the times he or she lives in. Many of those stories deal with relationships with family, friends and the world in general.

Amy Peirce of Hastings captures those stories with her new business, Stories in Time.

Peirce said personal history is living history, “where stories, memories and reflections are recorded for current and future generations.”

Stories in Time records and transcribes interviews conducted with the narrators. The text is written into a readable life story and accompanied by historical research, family photos and memorabilia, such as birth certificates and favorite family recipes. The stories are available in print or digital form.

Peirce said life review is an “integral part of the aging process.”

“Stories in Time plays a key role, assisting the narrator and his or her family,” she said.

Peirce said recording one's story is a “daunting task, and not everyone has the skill, ability or, most importantly, the time.”

“For many individuals, trying to complete — or even start — this type of activity can appear overwhelming,” she said.

“This is the advantage of Stories in Time,” Peirce said. “Talking is easy. You do not have to worry about grammar or punctuation. I do it for you.”

When a client expresses an interest, Peirce said, she offers a consultation to determine the type and scope of the project.

She said a life legacy is the most comprehensive package offered by Stories in Time. The process is interactive, consisting of about 10 hours of one-on-one visits with the narrator.

“We typically meet for one to two hours per week for several weeks,” she said. “The interviews are transcribed and rewritten to make the story flow.”

Peirce researches the social history of the eras covered during the interviews and incorporates it into the story. Photographs and memorabilia are also scanned and included. She said memorabilia often includes marriage certificates, graduation announcements, special letters and favorite family recipes.

Life legacies are available in bound books or digital format, Peirce said. The latter can include music suggested by the narrator and his or her voice reading selected passages.

Peirce said capturing life stories is so important that she felt compelled to make the process financially manageable.

In addition to life legacies, she said short stories are an option. The number of interview hours is condensed, also reducing the time for production.

“Sometimes the costs are shared by siblings or family members,” Peirce said. “While prices reflect the amount of time and resources required to complete a product, each project is customized to fit the client's needs and budget.”

May is Personal History Month. Peirce will offer a memoir-writing workshop in Hastings and will volunteer at assisted-living centers to facilitate “grown-up show and tell” sessions.

For more information about Stories in Time, contact Peirce at 402-984-5822 or info@stories-in-time.com.

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