By LOUISE JONES-BROWN
Tukwila Historical Society
The Tukwila Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Seattle Foundation to participate in partnership with the Tukwila School District in the School of Life Project.
The grant allows 250 participants which will be shared with the school district. It is our plan to have the local residents of Tukwila come and tell their stories of growing up in Tukwila.
In 2001, filmmaker Rick Stevenson set out to make a documentary series; the 5000 Days Project included interviews with Seattle-area children annually for 13 years with questions that reveal what it is like growing up in America. The project expanded into 10 countries and became known as the School of Life Project.
The School of Life Project provides a video kiosk that captures views and stories from children and adults on an annual basis, resulting in a sort of time capsule. The Tukwila Historical Society hopes to preserve stories from Tukwila residents who have memories of Tukwila and its history.
We are inviting Tukwila residents, past and present, to join us in making “History” count by volunteering to tell their stories. A kiosk is now in place at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center.
The Issaquah School District has this project in action and integrated this into their curriculum with School of Life video journals into their educational system. This can be viewed by visiting the district’s website.
A plan is being created for funding that will allow this program to be continued and maintained for many years to come. For more information regarding this project, please feel free to contact the Tukwila Historical Society to set up an appointment or view the program website.
Louise Jones-Brown is president of the Tukwila Historical Society. The society operates tha tthe Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S., Tukwila. The center can be reached by phone at 206-244-HIST or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.