A boutique interview initiative to preserve everyday family stories for current & future generations
The Late Life Archive is an initiative that preserves family elder stories with audio and video interviews. Each participant receives the time and attention they deserve with in-person meetings and multiple sessions available. In a day when everything is done online, our family elders are being left to themselves, even to share their life stories. The human connection has been pivotal to the success of this interview initiative and yields incredibly intimate recollections of each person’s life. Please see below for an introduction video with founder, Ty Besh.
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Snippet from 2 hour phone interview
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- Do you Travel? An interview can be requested in any state (or country) with sufficient planning. Transportation cost & per diem will be built in.
- Can someone be interviewed more than once? Yes! This is actually encouraged as 4-6 hours of conversation has been our sweet spot for best results. If you’d like more time than one of the packages offers, please reach out for a specific quote.
- Is there an age limit or minimum? Technically, no, although we have found the stories to be more fruitful, engaging, and meaningful when the storyteller is over 65. With that in mind, any storyteller with a condition like Alzheimers is discouraged from participating, though exceptions can be made. Please reach out!
- Who comes up with the questions? Each interview is conducted by a professional journalist, but before conducting these we ask the family if there is anything they want us to bring up or specifically ask about. We then work this naturally into the process.
- What is the deliverable? Our editors deliver multiple files from the larger “raw” interview. This includes cute stories that arise and memorable lines. The full interview, including the small cuts, will be available online privately for viewing, sharing and download.