What is your story?
In honor of the Norwalk Historic Fortnight Consolidation Centennial Sept. 15 to 28, the Norwalk Public Library is inviting residents (current as well as former) to participate in the Historic Fortnight Memories Project.
The project was inspired by the East Norwalk Association Library, which developed, as part of its "Encouragement Program -- Memories" a record of recollections and accounts of memorable moments in the lives of members of the community. Everyone has a story and now you have the opportunity to share your story -- a Norwalk story about you, your family or perhaps an especially memorable family member or event.
Submissions will be accepted through Saturday, Sept. 28, and participation is open to all ages. Participants must create an original memoir -- a nonfiction essay describing a personal experience, reminiscence, description of an event from your family's history or something that reflects on life in Norwalk. Subject matter may vary, but the events described must be factual, not fictitious or embellished in any way. Copies of photographs may accompany the essay, which should be no longer than 1,500 words.
Everyone is a winner and all participants will receive a set of postcards representing the WPA Murals of Norwalk, showing views from Norwalk's collection of more than 40 murals and easel paintings that were painted more than 60 years ago during the Great Depression. The WPA Murals were paid for by the federal government under the Works Progress Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
All written submissions will be published in a commemorative book. On the first page of each submission, please include the author's name, address, email and telephone number. Entries may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Cynde Bloom Lahey, programming specialist, Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk CT 06850.
For additional information or support, call 203-899-2780, ext. 15133.