Photos are treasures. They tell stories. But if we can’t share them, those stories are lost.
In a special project to help seniors preserve memories, Fujitsu and the SF Tech Council teamed up at On Lok’s 30th Street Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 21. Fujitsu brought two staff and three scanners. And the SF Tech Council recruited the participants and high school students from Lick-Wilmerding to serve as tech coaches.
Scanners Turn Treasures Into Digital Images for Sharing and Preserving
Alejandrina Paz arrived early, clutching family photos. This one, she told 30th Street Activity Director Xochitl Cervantes, was the only photo that showed all her brothers and sisters. She wanted to send copies to her siblings but she was afraid they might get lost in them mail.
Paz had heard about scanners but had never used one. And she thought they were too expensive. But Saturday she was smiling as she walked out holding the flash drive with copies of her photos.
Karil Daniels, a local indie film maker and photographer, wanted to scan multiple images at the same time. She had with her several portfolios of pre-digital photographs. Huddled over the SV 600, scans multiple images, Daniels shared the stories behind the 20-year-old photographs with her coach, Lick student Ylva Bosemark. At 14, Bosemark only knows digital images and had never heard of scanning before Saturday’s event. “Today was a revelation, all these people with their images. I loved to hear their stories and see how passionate they were about their images.”
More Preserving Memories Events Planned
The Preserving Memories project launched the SF Tech Council’s new Connectivity + Initiative to raise awareness of the pieces that need to be in place for seniors and people with disabilities to be connected. “One important piece is motivation – why would someone want to struggle to learn this and pay for Internet access,” said Community Living Campaign‘s Executive Director Marie Jobling. “Photograph, memories, family connections are some of the reasons.”
“So we hope this event will be replicated in other communities, will bring youngsters and oldsters together to share stories, and will help preserve some of the history that is stored away in boxes and drawers.”
This is the third time Fujitsu has held this kind of event – and the first time in San Francisco, said Jonathan Waller, who is in marketing at Fujitsu. “Every time, hearing these stories is the best part for me. Childhood, youth, adolescents, the students are learning that their elders were young once, just like them.”
Jobling said a number of other senior programs are interested in holding their own Preserving Memories day, and it’s likely that similar events will be scheduled at other centers and may even return to 30th Street in January. For more information and to schedule a Preserving Memories event at your site, contact Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.