Bringing liberal arts study and life together


Sharing stories between generations is magic, no matter the form those stories take

I was invited to comment on the benefits of obtaining a liberal arts education. Perhaps you are asking yourself this question right now. Below is my response, with the link to the article, which offers numerous other amazing responses to the same question. Enjoy!

I received my BA in History many years ago, and for quite a while wondered if I would ever put my studies to use. It was only ten years ago, when I came across the world of Personal Historians, that I realized my studies, my passions and my work were finally all coming together.

Yes, I learned a lot from 20 years working as a journalist, gaining interviewing and writing skills. And I also learned a lot about book publishing, and how to structure manuscripts when creating memoirs. But my education, especially my class on historiography, the study of how we write history, keeps coming back to me as I work with clients to help them recall and share their stories, experiences and life lessons in written form, to share with their loved ones and friends.

Personal history offers the opportunity to support individuals and families as they seek to pass on their stories, in book, audio or video formats, to coming generations. I am honored to be able to support people who want to share this gift of their life lessons. My college classes come back to me often, people I met along the way, experiences and stories I heard. Can you learn these lessons other ways? Of course. Will you have a guarantee of return on your investment? I wish I could promise this, but I cannot. What I can say is that I am grateful that at a time in my life when I had no idea of the questions to ask, that I was challenged to start looking for those questions, and keep asking them, and then to ask more questions after that.



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Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.

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