CANCELLED – Exploring Personal Artifacts Workshop

Tell Your Personal History through an Artifact at CCHM Workshop

People often discover their personal histories by writing journals, diaries or memoirs. A less known approach is to write about objects that have meaning to them—another way they can better understand the content or their lives and the historical context that always swirls around them.

The question of the relationship people have with the objects around them is a philosophical question that began with the ancient Greeks. It’s philosophers have yet to solve. This leaves fertile ground for each of use to explore our relationship with the objects around us and determine how they fit into our personal history.

During this two-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to think and write about a cherished or personal possession in new ways.  They will explore and write about the relationship they have with the item and their personal history. An experienced writer will guide attendees through a series of steps to learn more about why this possession means so much to you. Attendees use writing exercises that consider different aspects of their artifact so they can gain new perspectives that help communicate its value to others—friends, family, or the world.

Who should attend?

People with a desire to explore, expand or deepen the story of an heirloom, personal or family possession, or a found artifact by exploring it through writing so that they might better communicate its value to others.

When is it?

May 20, 2017 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the museum. Limited to 15 people, the cost is $25/$20 for members.

What should attendees bring?

A single heirloom, personal possession or any item important to you and tied to your personal or family history. Participants should be able to carry their object easily. Some objects attendees might consider: dog tags, antique toys, old books, hats, 19th century tools, antiquated technology, tattered stuffed animals, worn-out purses, old-fashioned cameras, 8-track recorders, fountain pens, ancient keys, and similar objects.

Writing materials—8.5 x 11 inch notepad, composition book or other notebook and writing utensils. Fully charged laptops and tables are acceptable (outlets are limited).

To register or for more event information and questions, contact the museum at or by phone at 360-993-5679.


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