Life Stories Archive – Helen Rice


Helen turned 101 this year.  She talks about her life growing up on the farm outside of a small city in upstate New York, the school teacher living with them, the chores on the farm, her father and mother, the dressmaker, the teen years and dichotomy between the city girls and the country girls, becoming a teacher then a school librarian, then the first woman deputy superintendent of school curriculum in Irondequoit.

LIFE STORIES Archive Pylyshenko Ukraine, WWII


Pylyshenko, Wolodymyr “Mirko”
He talks about life in the Ukraine under Poland, then the Soviet Union, then the Nazis before and during WWII. He describes his parents and their family backgrounds, fleeing the Soviets, being sent off alone by his parents at age eleven, then being reunited with his parents.  His brother lives and dies in Siberia without any contact with his family.  Mirko talks about life in the Displaced Persons Camps in Germany, the Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Sea Scouts, then leaving for America at age 15.

This is a blog where generations can interact.  LSA is a show where the stories can be saved for the generations of your family, for the community, and for the world.  Before they are lost forever.  Do you have a story we should hear?

LIFE STORIES Archive conceptualized

Episodes of Life Stories Archive will begin appearing here soon. The show airs on Public Access Television in New York: television that means something.  The concept was simple. Young people don’t have many role models. For many reasons, parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents, neighbors and other folks in the community don’t serve like they used to. Yet our senior citizens have led fascinating lives, with stories that no one hears, and that will soon be lost to their families, their communities, and the world. With the help of my trusty cameraman, I began filming the life stories of senior citizens found through various organizations, civic groups, newspaper articles, recommendations from friends, people contacting me to suggest a subject person and just by being my, sometimes, gregarious self whenever not feeling like a hermit. My thought is simple, their great great grandchildren will never know them, but they will be able to hear their voice, see their face and their expressions, hear their stories as if firsthand. I think that is invaluable for their family’s generations, and also for their community and also for the world, for anyone who stops to listen. I hope you will agree. Do you have a story we should hear? leave a comment here, start a thread, contact me at lifestoriesarchive@aol.com

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