Last week I held an event to scan photos for folks. I was not sure what kind of response I would get and I did not know if the logistics I had planned in my head would really work the way I wanted. Over the 3 days, I was able to help over a dozen people get photos digitized and even discussed some options for them as to how to proceed. I saw photos from the early 1900s, newspaper articles of athletic ancestors, heard stories of favorite holidays, and realized that people really do cherish their memories.
The hardest part of this is EVERYONE has memories to cherish, but often they don't realize it until they can't recover them. Yesterday, we had a tornado go through our county - not horrible damage, but still there was damage. We can never be totally prepared for a disaster, but we can do some leg work ahead of time as insurance to help lessen the pain of loss. And after the tornadoes came some areas of flash floods, again are we prepared the best way we know how?
So this fall, the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) have designated Sept 27 as Save Your Photos Day. It will be a national event to allow those of us who work in the industry to help community members learn about what it entails to save photos. It may be an educational talk, it may be a free community event where you are able to scan materials you have to a safe media, or it may be a combination of these. There may be professionals from a wide variety of businesses to help answer questions. More information will be coming later, so stay tuned.
I hate to hear stories from family and friends who tell me they can't find the picture of them first learning to ride their bike, their acceptance of an award, their wedding, birth of children, and a number of other memorable moments. You have options and I am here to help.