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Remembering Home: A Workshop for Older Adults

GE Icebox


For some seniors, all it takes is one look at a cast-iron meat-grinder, and they can smell their mother's hamburg cooking. For others, a pair of ice tongs produce visions of the ice delivery man doling out ice chips to neighborhood kids on a summer day. Objects are universal because they invoke memories of every day life--memories we might not even know we have.

"I enjoyed the program a great deal.  It stirred memories and I found that the memories that were shared by others varied greatly and were very interesting to listen to.  I would have loved to have the program for several more weeks."

~ Nancy Hubbell, resident of Huntington Common Sunrise Senior Living 

This workshop brings together a collection of twentieth-century objects and images, and a group of older adults. A Historic New England facilitator provides historic context, and invites participants to share their memories in a friendly workshop environment. Participants are invited to record their memories in a creative writing format. See examples created by participants in the program.

Historic New England is bringing this program to communities across New England. 

Contact us if you would like to host a workshop at your community center or senior residence facility.


Sunrise Senior Living of Braintree
Langdon Place of Dover Retirement and Rehabilitation Center

Remembering Home: A Workshop for Older Adults