Extending the Reach of “House Talk”

We started with…

We began with the simple idea of hosting a self-guided walking tour with signs in neighbor’s yards that told the story of their homes or their personal stories. We collaborated with our neighborhood library as a community engagement project.

We knew we needed to add a series of “how to” workshops to teach neighbors how to tell their own stories and research the stories of their homes or neighborhood.

Then we grew …

We added partnerships with neighborhood associations and the Sacramento Old City Association. The National Storytelling Network presented Janice with a member grant.

We added this blog to publicize and inform our neighbors and others interested in this community story project. We selected an online platform early on instead of printed material to save the expense and provide greater accessibility to the information. The blog became our information hub for information, stories, resources and schedule of events.

We present the House Talk project to audiences at the statewide conference of California Council for Promotion of History (CCPH) and American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

A local theater group is producing the play, “Year of Magical Thinking,” written by Joan Didion. Two of her former homes were shown during SOCA’s historic home tour in September.

On the day of the event, residents of other neighborhoods and other streets expressed interested in replicating the House Talk project. Individuals approached us with their stories and interest in learning how they can begin to capture stories of their own.

The weekend following the walking tour, we added an Unexpected Art Studio Home Tour.

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About Janice

Janice is an accomplished writer and passionate about sharing and telling stories of people, places and animals in the wild.
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