The weekend before the inauguration, I spoke to an eager group of scrapbookers at an "Obama Crop". As I wandered the room and looked at everyone's pages (yes 100% of the attendees were working on an Obama scrapbook for their personal libraries), it reminded me to clarify what I am doing in my OBAMA SCRAPBOOK.
My Obama Scrapbook is not a re-creation of his career or life story, it is meant to be a memorable album that documents my family's remembrances of the historical event of the nomination and election of the first African-American President of the United States.
Everyone (regardless of race, ethnic background or nationality) around the world has some thought or opinion of this momunmental historical event that should be preserved for future generations. Don't let the 30 second sound bites of just a few media outlets be the only memory for friends and family to read years from now.
Okay, with that said, it's not that I don't care about his rise to the Presidency, I think that other historians and journalists have done a very nice job of mass producing books, magazines & videos of his life story. I, on the other hand, want to memorialize my family's thoughts and feelings about this whole event. I want to relate some of our personal stories and events to Barack Obama, to the political process and to our life in the Washington, DC metro area.
Here's a idea for a page layout I intend to create:
Title: Attending the Inauguration of Barack Obama
Photo: Our close friend, Dr. Avant and his invitation and tickets
Some possible journaling ideas:
Discuss how I should have requested tickets through my father's congressman.
Discuss how Dr. Avant did request tickets of his Florida congressman and received them!
Tell the story of how other friends got to sit behind Oprah at the inauguration.
Cut out a newpaper clipping about those who had tickets and still get onto the Capitol grounds.
Discuss how sad I was that I couldn't take the kids, but how Aunt Candy was there and couldn't see anything, but could hear the speech and was stuk in the crush of the crowd for hours.
Do you see how I'm making a personal connection to the event? Please share in the comments how you are making connections to this historical event.