Documenting historical events is a great way to keep track of everything that has happened in your lifetime. Whether you grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and want to document how the city has grown or you're more interested in using news clippings to trace your family roots, you have plenty of options when it comes to documenting historical events for posterity. Follow these tips to create a journal or scrapbook that you'll be proud to share with your loved ones and assisted living community neighbors.
Before you start documenting historical events, you'll need a few supplies. If you plan to journal as part of your documentation efforts, purchase a sturdy journal made from high-quality paper. Although a plain notebook will work in a pinch, the thin pages won't hold up well to daily use, and there's a good chance ink will bleed through, making it difficult to read what you write. No-bleed pens are also something to consider.
If you've decided to collect news items and keep them in a scrapbook, you'll need a few basic scrapbooking supplies:
There's never been a better time to document historical events for posterity; not only do you have access to a variety of print publications, but you can also use the internet to access news archives from around the world. Before you start clipping newspaper articles, be clear about the purpose of your project.
Once you start clipping articles from newspapers or printing news items from online publications, it's important to keep them organized. If you have room in your assisted living apartment, set aside a file folder for each topic or type of news item. You could have folders labeled "Birth Announcements," "Marriage Announcements" and "Obituaries." If you're documenting local or national news, try organizing your clippings by date.
It's also important to store news clippings properly, especially if you plan to clip articles from newspapers. Most publishers print their newspapers on low-quality paper that doesn't hold up to harsh storage conditions. You'll want to store your news clippings in a cool, dry place that doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. Avoid storing newspaper clippings with photos and other documents to prevent the ink from transferring. If you print articles from online publications, put each article in a plastic sheet protector and store the entire set of clippings in a sturdy binder.
If you'd rather keep a journal instead of collecting news items written by other people, try to write a few words each day. You don't have to write hundreds of words at a time; just 20 or 30 words about an interesting event is all you need to document the event for posterity. Follow these tips to make journaling an enjoyable part of your routine:
If you want to share your completed scrapbook with your friends and family members, make it a special occasion. Book the private dining room at Hickory Villa, invite your loved ones and bask in the excitement of sharing your finished project. Just be sure to have everyone wash their hands before handling scrapbook pages or loose news clippings. Lotions, body sprays and other products may contain oils that can damage paper or leave unsightly smudges.