“The mission of this book is to record a narrative of the past century as experienced by the Greatest Generation, the changes our country has seen, and the effects of technology (cars, telephones, microwaves, the moon walk, computers) on our society and youth – specifically to bridge that ever widening gap.
— Veronica Kirin
Stories Of Elders began as an attempt to preserve stories from the Greatest Generation, those born during or before 1940. Said generation was born in what might be called the last of the analogue period of our history, and has seen numerous paradigm shifts in our country, especially in technology – World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, airplanes, cars, the microwave, telephones and television entering every home, the creation of the computer, internet, cell phone, and more. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to disregard our elders, losing out on the wisdom and narratives that could be shared. With children today not being taught cursive and how to read an analogue clock, this narrative is ever more important.
In November 2015, I drove over 11,000 miles across the United States following a trail of narratives. They were recorded both in photograph and audio, to be published here and in a book summarizing how this generation views the changes we’ve experienced. I’ve chosen to conduct interviews nationwide in order to get the best sampling of what it has been like to view all the changes and advances in technology.
The goal to publish the stories and photographs in a book so they might act as a single voice for the generation. That is why it is so important I interview people from all states, and from all walks of life. We learn from stories, not from numbers. Hopefully this book will add humanity to those history lessons taught in gradeschool.