Seniors Helping Seniors Develop a Living History Collection

From June 2017 to March 31, 2018, we are conducting a project supporting a diversity of seniors to tell, record and share their stories. We will work with a variety of seniors-serving groups to support a wide range of senior volunteer participants, mostly members of Quebec’s official-language minority population, and members of the deaf community.

The project’s legacy will be an evolving Seniors Living History Collection in multi-media format, available to all through digital media and permanently based in our heritage building, where traditional and cutting-edge technology coexist.

The project will bring together seniors for creative storytelling, documentary making and dissemination. We will facilitate the senior participants’ use of digital technology to capture stories with video and sound and categorize them with multiple access points so that the Seniors Living History Collection has many applications. For example, the Collection will be a tool for researching neighborhoods, career paths and different types of life experiences.

While seniors are leading the project and serving as mentors, younger people will be involved and there will be good intergenerational collaboration.

We will ensure the Seniors Living History Collection develops beyond the project through our future digital media work with seniors. Our capacity to serve seniors will grow.

New Horizons for Seniors awarded a grant for the project.

For more information, please contact our Community Outreach Librarian, Eric Craven, at

Project Activities

Friday, June 16, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
The project started with an information session followed by a workshop facilitated by Dr. Steven High, Concordia University history professor.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 
Mechanics’ Days Vernissage — A public reception to showcase project work as well as displays by Concordia History and Art Education students whose classes were at the Library during the Fall semester.