Life Legacies and Personal History the Focus of the Next Best of Times Seminar at Lutheran


Local author and personal historian, Patricia Pihl, will be the featured presenter at the next Best of Times seminar taking place at Lutheran on Wednesday, March 28. The program will educate the community on why it is so important to save life stories and practical tips on how to get started.

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Patricia Pihl, local author, Personal Historian, and owner of Real Life Legacies in Mayville, will be the featured presenter at the next Best of Times Seminar on the Lutheran Campus, sponsored by Edgewood Communities. The presentation entitled “Saving Lives One Story at a Time” will focus on the importance of saving and documenting individual and family history for future generations to learn and share. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 pm.
“As a Personal Historian, Patricia helps honor people’s lives by preserving their stories and experiences in book form,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., public relations and marketing director for Lutheran. “This presentation, however, will be a great do-it-yourself tutorial on what stories to save, how to save them, and what to do with them,” said Rodriguez. In particular, the talk will encourage participants to take part in the growing trend of family research by preserving the “why” of the family tree – to begin a conversation, which preserves the motivations and struggles faced by our parents and grandparents, and how they overcame difficulties.
A personal history is a lasting legacy for the people who are closest to you. It is an opportunity to share your memories, values, beliefs, and experiences with younger generations of your family.
“Today, families are separated more than ever. Stories once told around the dinner table are now in danger of being lost forever,” said Pihl. “This Best of Times program is an opportunity to learn how to pass on your wisdom to future generations by sharing lessons, how you lived your life, and what you learned along the way,” she said.
Preserving your story can be a rewarding and fulfilling process. Life reminiscence has been shown to have strong health benefits including a greater sense of wellbeing and understanding. Storytelling is human; it is how we make sense of the world around us, learn from one another, and communicate.
Pihl is an accomplished author, editor, and freelance writer. She has been working with personal histories and memoirs since 2014, wrote her own book entitled Lost Places of Chautauqua County, and has most recently been featured in the quarterly Edible Western New York publications.
To register for this Best of Times program, please call 716-720-9122 or visit to register online. The program will be held at the Christ Chapel inside the Lutheran Campus at 715 Falconer Street and begins at 6:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided.
The Edgewood Communities senior independent living is a part of Lutheran, a Christian organization with a comprehensive continuum of community, residential, and home based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.