Jamie and I have truly enjoyed spending the last three days at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, where 3000+ dedicated genealogists gathered to talk about new technology, best practices and what’s ahead for the profession.
We woke up this morning feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take a drive up into the snow-capped mountains we’ve been gazing at outside our hotel room. We had to check our email quickly before jaunting off though, and were delighted to find that Crain’s had published a profile piece on Jamie! The hard-copy version is coming out tomorrow, but you can read the online text below, or click on the image to pop out the article.
Gotham Gigs: Story collector uses audio and film
By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
Jamie Yuenger believes that stories—like the lives, dreams and histories they depict—are irreplaceable. “Think of them as heirlooms,” she said. Something to be preserved. Cherished. Passed down.
A former documentary film editor and radio producer, Ms. Yuenger, 29, co-founded StoryKeep last April. Through long-form interviews—and with audio, film and other media—she crafts intimate portraits of individuals, families and companies for her clients that can be seen, heard and felt.
“We all have a legacy,” said Ms. Yuenger, who lives in Brooklyn’s Windsor Terrace and works out of an office near Park Slope. “We all have important stories to tell.”
As Ms. Yuenger has discovered, that story can be the long and textured life of a friend’s 85-year-old father-in-law. Or a family trip to Norway and Denmark taken 50 years ago. Or the creation of a successful small business.
Ms. Yuenger said she revels in the company of strangers. Recently, she found herself at the Nutley Historical Society in New Jersey, in a room with 40 women who were holding a baby shower. One by one, she plucked the women aside to record their advice for the mother-to-be.
“It was absolutely joyous,” she said.
If you’re a subscriber, you can read the article on Crain’s here: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120205/SUB/302059993
The show segment focused on capturing and sharing family stories in the digital age. Lisa joins the conversation at minute 17:00.
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