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"Stories from Silence" (Elkhart History - Part 2)


The cemeteries of Elkhart, Indiana (and nearby) have never before been documented in this way. The art, poetry, history, and stories come alive again thanks to a tour by local historian, Paul Thomas, and genealogist, Pat Johnson. Paul is the founder and curator of Elkhart's "Time Was Museum". Pat and a friend have documented and published several volumes of books indexing burials in the city cemeteries and most county cemeteries. These books can be found at any local library, at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, and also at the "Time Was Museum".


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We believe that preserving oral history (with video) is one of the most important ways we can teach others. Most of what we learn in life is through example. Passing on some of our aquired life-lessons and wisdom is a priceless gift for those we love. Here are a few unsolicited comments that clients have said about our work:

Eight life-long friends (now in their eighties) from high school get together and narrate a slideshow of themselves:
    (in tears) "Thank you so much for doing this for us. At our age all we have left are memories!"
~ Nancy S.

Regarding a World War II soldier interviewed by his grandson:
    "I have watched the video of dad and son 4 times now and still can not see it thru tears! I love what you did! I am so pleased with the 16 minute video I can not wait to see the whole version. The video is priceless to me.     We have posted the video for family to see and the feedback is incredible. This video is exactly what we wanted. Words can not do me justice with a simple thank you, just know it's from the bottom of my heart! Dad was able to view the video. He walked down to the office at the retirement center and asked one of the girls to pull it up. He said he was very pleased also. My son called me from college and told me to log on, I could hear his excitement in his voice! He also is very pleased.
    Once again, thank you for taking the time on such short notice and fulfilling this family's dream!"
~ Suzie W.

Interview of a member of the local Italian-American community:
    "I want to tell you that my wife and I just watched the video you made with me and you did a superb job. You put that together so nicely in a good, cogent, and logical arrangement and my wife and I enjoyed it very much. I’m sure our children will treasure it as well as our grandchildren, so thank you so much for putting that together. It’s just a wonderful thing and I hope that we have the opportunity to work together again."
All the best and thank you again,
~ Richard T.

Interview of a Vietnam War soldier:
    "My husband enjoyed talking to you on veteran's day. He's very proud of his video!
    Also, I just watched the Harrison Street Documentary (Our Italian Neighborhood) video preview and still have tears in my eyes!  Please let me know when it's available for purchase.  Can't wait to see the whole video!"
~ Marty R.

Newspaper Articles:
    The Goshen News, August 1, 2011
    The Elkhart Truth, July 15, 2011
    The Elkhart Truth, December 13, 2010