Reconstructing The Past : A Collective Memoir 2013

Reconstructing The Past : A Collective Memoir 2013

Spring Semester 2013, students at Front Range Community College taking classes in Metal/Jewelry, Women’s Sexuality and Women in US History, participated in an innovative service-learning project coordinated by FRCC Professors Camille Rendal, Catlyn Keenan and Mary Ann Grim.

Twelve residents of Sunrise Assisted Living Center consented to allow team interviews by the students, who also recorded the interviews in audio, video and note form before translating their results into bios in several forms including written documentation. A commorative piece of jewelry was designed and created honoring each woman’s story .

With this book we celebrate the stories of twelve honored female elders who live in a residential care facility for those with memory impairments. These remarkable women were interviewed by teams of students  and this cooperative endeavor showcases their lives while their stories are still recalled through the question-answer process of conversational storytelling and commemorative jewelry.

This exploration into stories that might otherwise be lost is a  collective service project coordinated by FRCC Professors Camille Rendal, Catlyn Keenan and Mary Ann Grim.

With biographic information, stories compiled by the students, photographs of the jewelry and of the ladies that inspired it, this unique project is the first book in a series that will highlight the lives of women elders in our world.