Build the Legacy, Tell a Story

Everyone, regardless of background, has a story worth sharing. But as community elders pass away, their individual experiences and perspectives pass with them. Our mission is to preserve their stories and, in the process, remind ourselves that our seniors are cherished sources of cultural wisdom and first-hand witnesses to history.

What we do

To collect elders’ stories, the Legacies Project brings together two groups that don’t often interact: teenagers and senior citizens. High school and college students are trained to work with community elders to videotape their personal histories over multiple visits. The students then data tag the stories to make them keyword searchable when the raw videos are posted in our online archive.

Get Involved

Are you interested in bringing Legacies to your school or college? Do you frequent a senior center or work for or reside in an elder community which would benefit from Legacies? Or are you interested in sponsoring an installation of The Legacies Project? If so, we welcome the opportunity to expand our collaborative outreach.

Nice Work Public Media Board of Directors

The Legacies Project is an initiative of Nice Work Public Media, a Michigan-based non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Nice Work Public Media collaborates with other non-profits, schools, foundations and community organizations to create, develop and implement projects in communities, the arts, civil rights, good governance and education built around media content for distribution via broadcast and/or emerging platforms as part of an integrated project design.