A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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When David Paperny set out to document the immigrant history of his grandparents, Judah and Chasia Shumiatcher, he was overwhelmed with the resources he found. "I knew that there were a lot of good family photos of my grandparents and their generation,"Paperny writes in his Director's Diary. "But I asked around, if, by chance, there was any old movie film. Bingo. Rolls and rolls of perfectly-preserved 16mm film came flying at me...One highlight of the project was the joyful response when family members watched their ancient homemovies that I had transferred to VHS tape. Judah, for instance, had never once seen the home movie of his own wedding from 1953!"

How do you collect and preserve family memories? Are there old boxes in your attic, mildewy letters, photographs, portraits? Do you make notes in one of those Baby's First Year albums, or drag your videocam to family get-togethers?

Tell us about your archival discoveries or how you preserve your memories for future generations.

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