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23 March 2016

Ready to create an immersive, digital version of your family history?

Have you ever thought, "How can I create a digital, interactive version of my family history?"  Then you won’t want to miss this wonderful introductory class taught by Niles Lichtenstein, co-founder and CEO of Oakland-based tech startup, The History Project (THP) on Friday, April 15th from noon – 1pm at our library in Uptown Oakland.  

Although this is our first joint collaboration, our goal is to create a future series of computer-based courses that would result in each participant walking away with their "own history project."

Our Events Coordinator, Maureen Hanlon says, “This isn't just a digital scrapbook that we’re talking about.  It’s truly the opportunity to learn how to create an immersive experience for you and your family.”  

Maybe you have personal prized possessions such as:
  • Old movies of family vacations or a cherished bar mitzvah?
  • Audio recording of Grandpa singing Christmas Carols?
  • Photos of Grandma and Mom basting the Thanksgiving turkey?
  • Love letters between your parents?
  • Old recipes passed down through the generations? 

About The History Project (THP) 
We help you present your family history in a new and fresh way by bringing life to your genealogy through digital storytelling. It’s about preserving your research in an innovative and progressive way that will appeal to your extended family, both young and old alike.

THP is a local company that has developed tools backed by The New York Times and the Associated Press that will help you capture and create multi-media life narratives through memories, stories and artifacts.

What are the goals of the introductory class?
  • Create a wonderful story of your family by unifying your online and physical assets
  • Import and search content from multiple sources
  • Publish a dynamic view of your project's content over an interactive timeline and map
  • Collaborate with other family and friends to create an interactive narrative that transcends generations

About the Instructor

Niles Lichtenstein is the Co-Founder and CEO of The History Project, a modern re-invention of a digital time capsule that empowers individuals and organizations to build meaningful and interactive digital narratives and memory boards. 

He is a native son of the Bay Area, graduating from Berkeley High School and Harvard University. He has spent much of his life in the worlds of storytelling and technology and was recently named one of 7x7's top 20 influencers in the Bay Area for 2016.  

His inspiration for creating The History Project was finding a richer and more dynamic way to capture his late father's legacy, while also engaging with his mother on archiving and curating her own remarkable narrative.

Are you ready to preserve the memories that tell your family’s story now and in the future?

*Can’t make it on the 15th?  You're in luck because this class will also be made available via a free webinar on April 22nd.

If you are unable to join us in person, there will be a follow-up online webinar on Friday April 22nd from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., which will include a Q&A session.

To participate, simply copy this link into your web browser 

Provide your name and click "knock to join." A recording of the webinar will be available online shortly thereafter.

All images courtesy of The History Project

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