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Fulton Memoir Project Ready For Prime Time

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Public Library Memoir Project, a writing program designed to preserve personal memories of Fulton’s history, will present its 2014 anthology at a free public reception in the new Cayuga Community College event center in the former K-Mart Plaza on Sept. 25.

2013 book cover
2013 book cover

Betty Mauté, the library’s director said, “The Memoir Project’s main goal is to capture the area’s rich history through the stories of the people who lived it.”

“We started this project in 2013 and had over 40 people contribute a memoir, which we collected into an anthology. It became a bestseller for the library and helped fund other projects for our patrons,” the director added.

Project coordinator Jim Farfaglia continued this year with the same format for the writing process: he offered a series of classes, one-on-one assistance, and offered to interview those interested in crafting a memoir.

He received assistance from the project’s co-coordinator, Kathy Andolina, as well as the Friends of the Fulton Library and other volunteers.

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Project coordinator Jim Farfaglia and the 2013 memoir project participants.

“With the warm reception we received during last year’s project, we were anxious to complete another session,” Farfaglia said. “This year, to help writers focus on a memoir idea we created a theme for the project: remembering Fulton’s industries, businesses and schools.”

The project coordinator said he was amazed by the stories people have to share about their work in local factories, owning a small business or recalling a favorite teacher. “This year the project expanded its borders, too, with memoirs written from former Fultonians currently living in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Australia.”

The presentation to the community on Sept. 25 will feature readings of story excerpts by several of the memoir writers.

A slideshow will accompany the readers while they bring light to our local history.

Mauté will also share information about the publication of the 2014 project anthology and Farfaglia will discuss plans for future memoir writing projects.

The Fulton Memoir Project was made possible through a grant from the Richard S.Shineman Foundation.

The entire community is invited to the free presentation which begins at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

No registration is necessary, but those interested in more information may contact the library at (315) 592-5159.