Winston Churchill said, “…I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history.” Churchill was joking, but he gets at an important point: If we want our personal histories to be remembered the way we remember them, it is important for us to keep records of our own.
In addition to recording your personal and family history through Web sites such as Ancestory.com and LifeHistoryServices.com and sharing photo histories, as I mentioned in a previous article, another unique sub-set of history keeping is the personal cookbook.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and generations often find common ground over grandmother’s milk and cookies or a steaming hot bowl of mom’s famous chicken noodle soup. Sharing recipes, baking tricks and family secrets is a timeless bonding activity that has become more rare as families live farther apart and children are preoccupied with a never-ending list of distractions.
One way to ensure favorite family recipes are preserved for future generations is by using a Web site such as HeritageCookbook.com. It’s easy—just create an account and start exploring the options for formatting, color and content. The best part about this particular Web site is the ability to include not only recipes, but also family stories and photos that accompany them. Creating your own cookbook through this site or others, such as CreateMyCookbook.com and BookEMon.com, is an opportunity to share with your family stories about their relatives’ past and/or about themselves as children. Wonderful examples exist on these sites to lead you through the process of creating a family heirloom.
At the Good Samaritan Society, we’ve had many years of sharing and refining recipes, for both delicious dishes and how to share God’s love. We recently celebrated our 90th anniversary. During the past 90 years, staff, residents and clients of the Society have seen the world change. Two world wars transpired, cars became ubiquitous and advances in healthcare have advanced exponentially. Through it all, we’re grateful that we’ve been able to keep our mission of sharing God’s love in front of us.
On the Society’s online history page, www.good-sam.com/history, is an invitation to share any history that you may have with the Society so we can continue to build our archive. Whether it’s Society history or family history, your sharing is a recipe for blessing current and future generations.
By Kathryn Thomas
Archivist, Mission Effectiveness