Knowing our past allows us not only to live fuller and richer lives, but also to better understand the challenges and complexities of the present. This is the underlying philosophy of Boîte à Histoires.
How do we create this link between generations? We believe that by finding ways to gather and share memories, whether in a book, a short film, video, or a display of photos and other pertinent memorabilia, we can build lasting and meaningful connections between the generations.
Like journalists everywhere, we will conduct thorough interviews, helping you to dig deep into your past so that you can share your experiences, emotions and lessons learned with your children and grandchildren. Are you ready to record your history with us?
I recount my family’s history
Who dreams of telling their family’s history, complete with its major events, the joys and sorrows, the stories told around the holiday table or by the fire on a cold winter night? Who dreams of preserving the secrets of grandma’s cooking and the wise words and counsel that have shaped the person you’ve become today?
The obvious truth is that because we rarely take the time, our family culture slowly fades, and we’re left with regrets and remorse. We offer you an easy-to-implement solution for gathering and preserving your family’s rich past and passing it on to the next generation..
How does it work?
1. Choix du support
You pick the format that works for you:
Browse through moments of life to the sound of the voice of your loved one telling his or her story.
Hear and look at your loved ones through interviews and photographs.
I interview and record my family
Vous enregistrez votre proche et vous nous renvoyez les fichiers par votre plateforme privée ou via whatsapp.
I need your professional help
We record your loved one via the video application of your choice: Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp or we come to your home.
We help you produce the project with:
1 clip-on microphone and video stand for better sound and picture
1 access link to your private platform to watch the tutorial and deposit your recordings, your photos, and to proofread your book: a platform to share information. You can easily grant access to whomever you choose.
1 video tutorial of the user manuals.
1 video tutorial to help you film.
1 interview guide for inspiration.
1 reporter guide to help you prepare your interview.
All you have to do is shoot or record your loved ones and send us these files on your private platform.
3. Validation and delivery
For the book offer, you receive a version of the script that you can correct before printing.
The delivery of your offer will be by mail for the book and / or on your private platform for the video, or however you want.
Thank you, Boîte à Histoires, this flashback helped me. I hope that my children, grandchildren and later the great-grandchildren will not forget us and that will be thanks to you.
Laying out my life has been a deliverance. I am happy that I was able to testify and that my family can learn, understand and remember the stories of my life.
When I received the recording from my parents, they were still alive, so I did not listen to it. When they passed away, I understood how important it was to be able to hear their voices when they were already gone….I was not close to my mother, we were often at odds with each other, and never understood why, which is why I hesitated for a long time to listen to her recording.
The day I made up my mind, it was pure happiness; her voice that I had never liked, unrolled the thread of her life: the shtetl (small village) in Poland during her early childhood, then the Pogroms, her arrival in France, World War II, deprivation, the anti-Jewish laws, the fall of Paris and our exodus to the countryside, her work in the French Resistance, the Liberation, and then life with my father, then us, my sister and me….
I discovered an extraordinary historian in her way of telling, with names, dates, and facts. I was overwhelmed.
This recording is such a gift! Thank you, Virginie!
Television News From Seniors
Television news from Seniors is a project created by Boîte à Histoires embraced by town halls, departments, and retirement homes.
It is a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly newscast that allows residents and caregivers to give news to their loved ones, and also to learn more about daily life in retirement homes. Filmed on location, caregivers simply film 3 to 5 residents with a smartphone or tablet, focusing on their day’s activities in a fun and engaging way.
Collection of Memories
On June 18, 80 years ago, General Charles de Gaulle launched from London his famous call to arms to continue the fight against Nazi Germany. It remains one of the most significant events of our national history.
On the occasion of this important commemoration, Boîte à Histoires and the Fédération Nationale André Maginot (FNAM) organized a major collection of the memories of French women and men plunged into war in the Spring of 1940.
French families throughout the land heard De Gaulle’s call. Some of those who fought – risking their lives and those of their families -, are still alive today. Don’t let their memories die with them. Come and hear their testimonies to preserve our collective national memory.