Do you have a really cool antique ring from your great-grandmother that you want to know more about? Or perhaps you've always wondered what your aunt was smiling about in an old photograph. Well, Girl Museum, in partnership with Chick History, would like to know, too.
Set to launch at the end of the year, Heirloom: A Family History Project is a participatory exhibition that gives girls a chance to learn about their own families and family histories through interviews and researching old photographs, artifacts, and heirlooms. By submitting their findings to Girl Museum, their stories can be shared as part of our community exhibition.
Researching family history can be a great way to connect with your family: you might discover that your musical talent goes back generations, or that while your parents may not share your hair color, your great-grandfather does. Even if you're adopted you can learn a lot of fascinating things about your adoptive family, including how you came to join them.
Learning about your family history can also help you to learn about history as a whole. World War II might sometimes be boring to read about in class, but discovering that your great-grandparents met in an army hospital where your she was a nurse and he was an injured soldier suddenly makes it that much more personal and interesting.