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Memoir Projects

Countless unique stories are brimming in the hearts and minds of elderly people throughout the City of Boston. The Memoir Project, a joint venture between The City of Boston and Grub Street Writers, Inc., aims to capture these stories systematically and over an extended length of time by teaching elderly residents the rudiments of memoir writing. Learning these skills will give seniors a practical and meaningful way to turn memories into coherent narratives with lasting value. By capturing stories of elderly residents, we intend to document the living history of Boston and, by doing so, provide a greater understanding of the city's past and present for all its residents.

  • Memoir Reading 200

    Memoir Project 2015 Neighborhood Readings

    In 2015, we're celebrating storytelling with Grub Street, Inc. Before the publication of the fifth and final collection of memoirs by Boston's senior citizens, we're presenting a reading series in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Dorchester. Keep us in mind this year! And if you can't wait, follow us on our new blog for some digital highlights:

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Memoir Project Books
  • Writing Project Publicatons

    The Memoir Writing Project has successfully produced four wonderful books about Boston's seniors.

  • Born Before Plastic (75)

    Born Before Plastic: Volume I

    Contains personal stories from seniors in South Boston, Roxbury, and the North End.
  • Legacy Logo (75)

    My Legacy is Simply This: Volume II

    Contains personal stories from seniors in Charlestown, Chinatown, East Boston, and Mattapan.
  • Sometimes Logo (75)

    Sometimes They Sang With Us: Volume III

    Contains personal stories from seniors in Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Hyde Park.
  • Imagine Such A Life

    Imagine Such A Life: Volume IV

    Contains personal stories from seniors in Allston-Brighton, Roslindale, South End, and West Roxbury.

Other Publications
  • Love's a Gamble

    For Valentine’s Day 2007, Grub Street Writers and the City of Boston collected stories from East Boston seniors on the complexities of lifelong love.  The event is an extension of the Memoir Project.

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