Episode 86: Every Thing Tells A Story

Everything has a story. That hat your grandmother wore at her wedding. The china passed down for generations. A photograph perhaps. Or maybe you have inherited something else. It might be something that’s special to you from your lifetime. Sharing the story of the “things” in our lives can help us share the past with our family. 

That’s where my guest comes in.  Martie McNabb is a story facilitator. She does this through her business Show and Tales. On the show we talk about themes for her events and brainstorm an idea for one in my home city of Providence, RI. 

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About My Guest:

Haunted by all the life stories that get stuck in a box, bag, or a suitcase or, worse, get surrendered to a flea market or auction, Martie McNabb created her business: Memories Out of the Box. For over ten years, she’s been writing life stories with her clients’ photo, document and memorabilia archives, turning these souvenirs into the visual narrative of its owner’s life. 

She hosts object-inspired story-sharing events called Show & Tale. Like elementary school, minus the gerbils (she hopes.) She invites everybody to bring an object and tell its story or simply look & listen. 

With her 2nd business Show & Tales, she teaches small business owners how to use the above story-sharing events as a way to get to be known, liked, trusted and remembered.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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