Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows About Technology that You Don’t

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 on our society and youth — specifically to bridge that ever-widening gap.

— Veronica Kirin

Stories Of Elders began to preserve the history and view point of the Greatest Generation.  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, Americans 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, preserving this narrative is ever more important.

Veronica drove 11,000+ miles across the United States to interview the Greatest Generation in November 2015 using Kickstarter funds.  The interviews were recorded both in video and audio.  They are published here as a podcast and in a book summarizing how this generation views the changes we’ve experienced due to technology.

The goal to publish the stories and photographs in a book so they might act as a single voice for the generation. We learn from stories, not from numbers.  Hopefully this book will add humanity to those history lessons taught in gradeschool.

About the Author

Veronica Kirin is an Anthropologist and Entrepreneur.  She has a passion for telling stories of all kinds, whether in business, lectures, or print.

Kirin didn’t have the chance to hear her own grandparents’ stories.  Instead, she has had the chance to cherish the stories of other elders.  Her immersion in tech at her company GreenCup Website Services gave her the unique perspective that created this project — people her age and younger don’t seem to connect with their country’s past.  In fact, it’s becoming harder and harder for them to relate to.  They’ve never known anything but a hi-fi lifestyle.

It is Kirin’s Anthropological instinct to study changes in social structure through people that drove her to write a book on the topic through the eyes of the Greatest Generation.  Stories of Elders will preserve our history and tech’s evolution for generations to come.