Film bears local traditions and stories

A free showing of the film, The Bearers of Tradition, will begin at 7 p.m. tonight (May 21).

History is best told by the people who lived it.

That is why the Golden Museum decided to record the stories of the people who lived in the area before it was too late.

“We really wanted to record the memories of valley citizens, to make sure they aren’t lost,” said Colleen Palumbo, executive director of the Golden Museum. But what started as a documentation project, soon turned into a documentary of sorts.

“We started hearing these amazing stories and memories and finally asked ourselves, why are we the only ones seeing this?”

After that Palumbo started picking snippets to link together for a film, which will be shown at the Golden Civic Centre on May 21. The “home movie” style film will contain 20 snippets from 20 longtime residents.

Some residents wanted to tell stories, others wanted to talk about the businesses they owned and operated in town, and others just wanted to talk about their hobbies, like gardening.

“There’s a lot of wisdom and traditions that were passed down to these folks by their parents or grandparents that became part of their lives, like one woman who wanted to talk about gardening. But maybe they haven’t passed it onto their kids and grandkids,” said Palumbo. “We want to be the bridge between those generations, and capture that knowledge so that it isn’t lost.”

Palumbo herself, through her job and the fact that she was born and raised in the valley, thought she knew a lot of the stories that would be revealed through this project. She was surprised, however, by how much she learned through the process.

“It has been really interesting that way,” she said.

The free showing of the film, entitled The Bearers of Tradition, will begin at 7 p.m. Palumbo is hoping that some of the people in the film will be there for some discussion afterwards as well.