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Third Memoir Project Completed by Fulton Library

Author Mary Kimball at the 2014 event.

Author Mary Kimball at the 2014 event.

FULTON – The Fulton Public Library has announced the presentation date of its 2015 Memoir Project, a writing program designed to preserve memories of significant events in Fulton history.

Jim Farfaglia – project coordinator
Jim Farfaglia – project coordinator

The presentation will take place September 23 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus Community Events Center.

“The Memoir Project’s goal is to help people share their stories of their time living, working and spending leisure time in Fulton,” said Betty Mauté, the library’s director. “Since the project began in 2013 we have collected over 100 memoirs, and like the project’s first two years, we will be collecting the stories from 2015 into an anthology. Once the anthology is published into book form, it goes on sale at the library and the funds we raise support a variety of projects for our patrons.”

In early spring, Jim Farfaglia, the project’s coordinator, and Mauté offered a series of “Memory Circles,” informal gatherings at the library to help people remember events that could translate well into a memoir.

Intermission at the 2014 event. From left: Mary Ellen Ross, Marian Stanton and Joyce Cook.
Intermission at the 2014 event. From left: Mary Ellen Ross, Marian Stanton and Joyce Cook.

Farfaglia followed up with classes, one-on-one assistance and offered to interview those interested in crafting a memoir.

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

“We created a theme for the 2015 project to focus on Fulton’s community service workers: police officers, firefighters, elected officials, city and community servants,” said Farfaglia. We were very pleased with the response to this theme and will have stories to share about famous Fulton fires, the origins of our city’s ambulance service, elected officials who brought positive change to our community and many other inspiring stories by and about Fultonians.”

Author Mary Kimball at the 2014 event.
Author Mary Kimball at the 2014 event.

The September 23 program will feature several of the memoir writers reading an excerpt from their story, a slideshow with photos to highlight our local history, and information about the publication of the 2015 project anthology.

Plans for the 2016 Fulton Memoir Project will also be unveiled.

The Fulton Memoir Project was made possible through a grant from the New York 3Rs Association, “Library as Publisher Innovator Grant.”

The presentation is free and refreshments will be served.

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