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Inspirational Stamps Teach History of Civil Rights

January 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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11725_A(Family Features)  The influence of family can be a powerful thing. When asked who inspired her as a child, Rosa Parks, an extraordinary American activist, answered, “My family, I would say, my mother, and my maternal grandparents. I grew up with them.”

 

On December 1, 1955, Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat on a municipal bus to a white man. Her arrest sparked a boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted longer than a year, posing an ultimately successful challenge to racial segregation and inspiring others to similar action.

 

Rosa Parks’ lifelong dedication to civil rights has influenced generations of Americans. The U.S. Postal Service wants its 2013 Civil Rights set of stamps to continue to educate and inspire. It released the Rosa Parks Forever® Stamp this year, along with a stamp commemorating the day 50 years ago when nearly a quarter of a million people came together in Washington, DC, to participate in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. A third stamp in the Civil Rights set celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

 

Parents looking for ways to teach their children about historic American events like these can turn to stamps for fun, interactive ways to discuss national milestones and iconic figures with their children outside the classroom. Since 1893, the U.S. Postal Service has issued limited-edition stamps that honor prominent people, places, icons and events of contemporary American life. These miniature works of art serve as excellent resources for teaching about our country and our culture in a new and exciting way that reaches beyond a textbook.

 

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has developed a worksheet to help guide exploration into civil rights and equality. The worksheet features a “how to” guide for making a family tree, as well as a coloring sheet and exercise that empowers children to think about what equality means to them. Download the worksheet and find other resources at http://blog-stampofapproval.com.

 

Educators will want to explore the U.S. Postal Service’s Community Connection website, found at www.uspsconnection.com, which brings the history and heritage of the Postal Service’s 238 years into elementary grade classrooms, using stamps as a catalyst to spark conversations and learning opportunities for students.

 

Twelve civil rights pioneers, including Mary Church Terrell and Mary White Ovington, have also been honored in the past with their own postage stamp. Every year the Postal Service commemorates notable leaders and cultural milestones through other stamp collections, such as the Black Heritage series and the American Treasures series.

 

Photos courtesy of Daniel Afzal/United States Postal Service

Keepsakes, Family Heirlooms Passed Down More Effectively with New Legacy Builder Tool Chest from LegacyStories.org

November 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Allianz American Legacy Studies researchers asked a group of Baby Boomers and their parents to rank on a scale of 1-10 (10 being most) what was more important to them when it comes to passing down an inheritance: values and life lessons or financial assets.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, the results showed that passing down values were over seven times more important than passing down valuables.

Yet only a small fraction of these three generations has made any provisions, mostly due to lack of awareness, education and the tools to do the job properly.

In addition to values and life lessons, a lot more should be included when building and passing down a legacy. Keepsakes and awards often represent defining moments and milestone events and can become family heirlooms when the stories behind their acquisitions are documented.

Identifying people in a select group of vintage family photos is one the best ways to document personal history, as some of the people in the old photos might as well be strangers to grandchildren. Those who grew up in the 20th century were first generations to record special events and moments.

Today’s digital technology offers a chance to pass down a purposeful legacy that will survive the ravages of time, and the experts at LegacyStories.org have developed an innovative Legacy Builder Tool Chest to help.

Consisting of fourteen drawers, each “toolkit” focuses on a specific legacy topic with interactive how-to guidebooks, downloadable forms, video tutorials and lots of helpful resources.

Toolkit topics include “Life Lessons and Values“, “Keepsakes & Heirlooms”, “Vintage Legacy Photos”, and one titled “Loved Ones in Care” to help caregivers build a legacy for victims of Alzheimer’s, people in hospice care, or seniors living in assisted or skilled nursing facilities.

“Since passing down life lessons and values is the highest priority, we provide members the ‘Life Lessons and Values’ toolkit at no cost,” says Tom Cormier, co-founder of LegacyStories.org. “Membership in LegacyStories.org is also free so there are no obstacles to prevent anyone from securing an honored place in family history. They just need to take action before regretting it.”

The Legacy Builder Tool Chest is also being recommended by financial advisors, estate planners and elder law attorneys as a means to engage with their clients in a purposeful way.

Content for the individual toolkits is contributed by top legacy experts including members of The International Assoc. of StoryKeepers (I-ASK) and the Association of Personal Historians (APH).

Our goal is to help people establish themselves as “effective elders” while they are alive, and to become “awesome ancestors” when they pass on,” Cormier states. “Our grandchildren and descendants will one day have an interest in learning about their family history. Because so few people will take the time to document their personal history, those who do will live on forever as their descendants’ go-to awesome ancestor.”

Contact info:
Tom Cormier — Co-founder
Phone: 423-295-5904
Email
Website: www.legacystories.org

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Birthday Party Ideas for Senior Citizens by Criss White

April 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Many people believe that once you get to a certain age a birthday becomes  another wrinkle on their forehead, or another grey hair on their head. This just  isn’t the case! There are many senior citizens who look forward to their  birthday almost as much as they did when they were young children. A birthday  becomes a milestone and a triumph when you reach a certain age.

For families that have a senior citizen getting ready to celebrate a birthday  there are many ways that you can make their day just a little more special and  memorable. You don’t have to have an elaborate birthday party, unless that is  what you think they would like, just a meaningful thought that can remind them  of how cherished they are to you.

There are four main factors to have a successful birthday party for any  senior citizen:

Guests

Many senior citizens have lots of friends and family. Consider having a  gathering at your local senior center, where everyone can join in the  celebration. Send out invitations to their closest friends and all their family,  oftentimes they will appreciate just being around the people they care about for  their birthday. For the senior who prefers a relaxed birthday event, you can  have just the immediate family and just a few of their friends to join in for a  more intimate celebration.

Food

Since it is their birthday it is best to have foods that the birthday boy or  girl will appreciate and like. A meal does not have to be elaborate to be a  success. Sandwiches or chicken and potatoes are always great, and be sure that  you don’t forget coffee and cake! Keep in mind the number of guests that are  going to be in attendance if you are planning a meal and ordering a cake,  everyone needs a piece!

Activities

For entertainment at the part you can offer various activities that are  favorites for the birthday senior. Some like to listen to live music and dance,  others enjoy playing cards, and some even like watching old movies. Whatever  hobby the birthday senior enjoys participating in will always be appreciated and  enjoyed.

Decorations

Decorations for senior citizens to not have to be elaborate either. Many will  enjoy simple balloons and streamers. However, if you want to get creative you  can create centerpieces have personalized tablecloths. It might even be a good  idea to create a slideshow or collage of the birthday boy or girl’s life and of  their friends and family wishing them happy birthday! This is an idea that they  can even keep with them long after the party is over.

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate the birthday of a senior. Keep in  mind however, that some activities or locations for a party may not be  appreciated or accessible for older seniors that have trouble moving a lot.

The idea behind a senior birthday party is to celebrate the long life of the  individual, and the respect and admiration others have for them. Despite this  some seniors still want to party like they were kids, so make it fun!

Criss White is a professional article writer and an avid baker. To check out  some holiday  cookies or some birthday cookies, visit My Baby Shower Favors.
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