Family Time Calendar: Get Together - iVillage

After celebrating the birth of the nation, pay tribute to your place in it by creating a history of how your family came to America. Mark the events in American history that family members have been a part of -- from serving in armed forces to working on a political campaign to "being there" during important occurrences.


What you'll need:

  • Notebook
  • Photos of your family, images of events in American history
  • Scrapbook
  • Acid-free photo adhesive
  • Acid-free pens

What you'll do:

Before you begin creating your family history book, begin by outlining events -- when your family came to America, the important events various family members participated in and so on, and write them down in the notebook. This will help you to A) get everything in the proper chronological order, and B) identify the family photos and images of historical events that you'll need to gather. The family photos don't need to be from the particular event (though that would be nice) -- they can be whatever image you can find of the people in your story. In addition -- or in place of -- the family photos, search history books or online sites for images and copy, or download them to include.

In planning your scrapbook, allow a two-page spread for each decade your family has been in America. (If your family has been here for a decade or less, you might want to devote one spread to each year.) On the left-hand page of each spread, create a collage of the family photos and historical images. On the right-hand page, record the events by year, plus any stories you know of. As you do, talk to your children about both family and historical events, to give them a sense of your family's place in the nation's history.

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