Families, groups and organizations can preserve their stories on their own websites, create their own books through websites like Legacy Books and Storyworth, or be interviewed by professional ghostwriters at Story Terrace. For one year’s family reunion souvenir, Jordon created historical postcards featuring photos of ancestors, an 1867 marriage certificate, an 1870 census record and a slave bill of sale. It cost less than $75 using an online printer.
8. Give awards.
Hand out trophies or certificates recognizing people’s achievements, such as wearing the most theme-worthy outfit, busting the most impressive dance moves or earning a promotion at work. When Roby’s family gather next year for their reunion, they plan to give legacy awards to family members following in the footsteps of deceased relatives, such as the best athlete or the most generous person.
9. Hold a raffle.
Who doesn’t like winning a prize? At their family reunion this summer, the Roby family raffled off several themed baskets made by Roby’s niece, Linda. The barbecue basket, for instance, included several sauces and spices, an apron and more. Proceeds from raffles can go to a favorite charity or a relative in need or be used to fund a future family reunion.
Sheryl Jean is a contributing writer who covers aging, business, technology, travel, health and human-interest stories. A former reporter for several daily metropolitan newspapers, she has also written for the Chicago Grandstand and The Dallas Morning News as well as the American Heart Association’s website.
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