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Fulton Library Completes Second Memoir Project


The Fulton Public Library has announced the date for its presentation of the 2014 Memoir Project, a writing program designed to preserve personal memories of Fulton’s history. The presentation will take place September 25th at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Cayuga Community College’s Fulton campus Event Center, located in the former K-Mart Plaza next to the Dollar Tree.

“The Memoir Project’s main goal is to capture this area’s rich history through the stories of the people who lived it,” says Betty Mauté, the Library’s director. “We started this project in 2013 and had over 40 people contribute a memoir, which we collected into an anthology. It became a “bestseller for the library and helped fund other projects for our patrons.”

This year, Jim Farfaglia, the project’s coordinator, continued with the same format for the writing process. He offered a series of classes, one-on-one assistance and offered to interview those interested in crafting a memoir. Jim received assistance from the project’s co-coordinator, Kathy Andolina, as well as the Friends of the Fulton Library and other volunteers.

“With the warm reception we received during last year’s project, we were anxious to complete another session,” Farfaglia commented. “This year, to help writers focus on a memoir idea, we created a theme for the project: remembering Fulton’s industries, businesses and schools. As we expected, people recalled some amazing stories to share about their work in local factories, owning a small business or recalling a favorite teacher. This year, the project expanded its borders, too, with memoirs written from former Fultonians currently living in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Australia.”

The September 25th presentation will feature several of the memoir writers who will read an excerpt from their story.  A slideshow will accompany the readers to assist their bringing to light our local history. Also, Mauté will share information about the publication of the 2014 project anthology and Farfaglia will discuss plans for future memoir writing projects.

The Fulton Memoir Project was made possible through a grant from the Richard S.Shineman Foundation. The presentation is free and refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary, but those interested in more information may contact the library at (315) 592-5159.