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Three generations: Hazel Dukes with grandmother
Sarah Hopson, and mother, Alice Dukes

A Grandmother’s Wisdom — as shared by Hazel Dukes

MY MOTHER’S MOTHER WAS SARAH HOPSON. My mother had a sister who died at an early age, so my mother was raised as an only child. She and her mother were very close, and after my grandfather died my grandmother moved in … [Read More...]

Left to right: Lynda Johnson Robb, Lady Bird Johnson, Luci Baines Johnson at the
twenty-fifth anniversary of the inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mother and Best Friend — as shared by Lynda Johnson Robb

I HAVE SUCH HAPPY MEMORIES OFMY MOTHER. I keep up with all herfriends and we share stories. I go to her Wildflower Center and partici-pate in environmental projects carrying her message on. I love wearing her costume … [Read More...]

Rosemary and Betty Clooney The Living Memories Project

Keeping Memories Fresh and Green — as shared by Nick Clooney

I’M NOT SURE I HAVE COPED with the loss of my sisters. They seem very much a part of me even now. We were Depression kids and were each other’s resources and there was no opportunity for us to think of being separate … [Read More...]

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Keeping Their Memories Alive

As summer gives way to fall, several recent high-profile deaths have reminded us of the fragility of life. Among them: the shocking suicide … [Read More...]

Boris Chartan The Living Memories Project Book

A Living Memorial to Victims of the Holocaust — as shared by Boris Chartan

WE KNEW OF THE NAZI INVASION of Czechoslovakia and Poland because a few people from there came to our town. The people who ran away from their homes came and told us what was happening. They told us about Kristallnacht and everything. A lot of people did not want to believe it. I was fifteen when the Nazis arrived […]

Memory quilt by Eileen Belmont The Living Memories Project

The Comfort of Memory Quilts — as shared by Eileen Belmont

MY FIRST FOCUS WAS MAKING DECORATIVE PILLOWS using T-shirts. People often design T-shirts to commemorate an event and often buy them to remember a favorite vacation. I started using them along with other textiles to make collections of pillows from colleges or from favorite sports teams. Sometimes I would instead use novelty fabric— ballet fabric for a dancer, or […]

Dessel at Hunt’s Bay Jewish Cemetery, 2008

Preserving Positive Memories Through Memorial Stones — as shared by Susan C. Dessel

MEMORIAL STONES ARE BASED ON POSITIVE MEMORIES. When art is your work, what you do and how you do it really starts, I think, from the inside and comes out. Some of my work just comes from a year or two of thinking about images I constantly see around me. A lot of my work concerns death and the […]