Memoir Project with the High School

The 2022 Memoir Project has ended - we'll be back in Fall 2023!!  We'll keep our 2022 info here so you can read what it was all about:

Mabel Kay Senior Center is very excited to announce the return of its Memoir Project. The pilot program last year was a resounding success (we were even featured on NBC10 News!) and we are now launching Memoirs 2022.  

The Project: You will have the opportunity to document your own life story (with a little help from some friends). Intergenerational programming is one of our goals at Mabel Kay – such a great way for kids to learn from you and you to learn from the kids. You can request that your interviewer wear a mask.

 We will once again be collaborating with Mrs. Maeise’s 9th grade English classes from Haddonfield Memorial High School to write your memoir. The students will meet with you over the course of the semester, interview you, get to know your life story, write it up, and hand you a finished product for you to keep or to hand down to your family (a holiday gift perhaps?) It’s a great opportunity for you to teach them about moments in history, what life was like “back then,” and what life was like before modern technologies like smart phones and the internet were invented (to name a few). We will once again have a professional photographer, Amanda Hall Studios, volunteering her time to take photos for the final product.

 Please read the registration information below and only register if you know you can make all three dates (out of fairness to other seniors and out of fairness to our 9th graders who are getting graded on this project)

MEMOIR RSVP rules:

  • Please email or call Sheri to register (email is preferable if you have it)
    • ssiegel@haddonfield-nj.gov
    • (856) 354-8789
    • Registrants will be accepted in the order in which they reply
    • When you reply, please indicate if you have a session preference (dates/times below)
    • If you participated last year, you are not eligible to participate this year unless we happen to have extra space
    • Please note that if we have an abundance of seniors signing up, preference will be given to Haddonfield residents

 

Session 1: October 19, November 2, November 16 from 12:20-1pm

Session 2: October 19, November 2, November 16 from 1:40-2:30pm

If the weather is temperate, we will plan to hold the interviews outside; please bring a sweater or jacket if needed