We're thrilled to welcome Victoria MacGregor of VictoriasPress.com to our SaveYourPhotos.org Month interview series "Storytellers & the Photo." See also our two previous episodes with Betty Marton of IYOWPublishing.com, and Martie McNabb of ShowandTales.com. Victoria discovered Ponga before we even made our first release at the Rootstech 2021 show. She jumped in with both feet because the service perfectly solved a problem she'd been looking for: A way to tell the stories she found while researching her ancestors.
After a little experimenting with Ponga, she quickly started building what she calls "Storyboards" after the felt boards she played with as a child. It wasn't long before she was drawing on the photo books she'd published about her family to create albums that mirrored those books but were suddenly interactive. In the interview, she talks about using these books to engage with her extended family — many were cousins she hadn't spoken to in decades.
The pandemic has made remote video communications with Zoom and other tools as ordinary as a touch-tone phone. This course will leverage that experience to describe a new way to connect elders with the younger generation through photographs using storytelling over Zoom. We’ll describe how to use Ponga as the basis of the storytelling so that stories, and the experience of sharing them, can be captured for future generations. We’ll discuss variables that can be adjusted depending on the cognitive and technical abilities of children, parents, and grandparents.
As part of Ponga's Zoomin' series in 2021, US Army Veteran, archivist, and photographer Amberly Russell, Preservation Services Manager at Permanent brought her unique set of skills to the challenge of talking to loved ones about their experiences in the armed services.
We were thrilled to welcome Karen Ray of RememberingTheTime to our Zoomin' on Ponga series with “Tips & Techniques for Storytelling on Ponga.” Karen Ray brings her unique perspective on family storytelling to Ponga as a member herself. As our guest speaker, Karen talked about her process with fun interactive exercises and suggestions for ways you might use Ponga in different ways.