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Review for Meriwether Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Like many Americans, I have roots in many countries. Until recently few roots were traced to me and I felt compelled to find others. The Welsh root, once found, has been nourished by my association with the Meriwether Lewis Memorial Eisteddfod Foundation, through volunteering in their festivals, as a participant in photographic and writing competitions, as audience to live music and especially in interactions with Welsh authors. One of the founders is my daughter who has always been interested in her personal history and that of particular peoples. At the latest Eisteddfod, the storytellers were particularly delightful as this form reconnected me in a powerful way with my youth, my children's and grandchildren's. Storytelling was an important part of our families' social interactions. It's what we do at all our gatherings, in reminiscence and as catch up about our lives spent apart. The feeling is very different from that when stories are read, to you or alone. The connection is full, immediate. I believe there is much potential in this foundation, for projects and activities that have yet been imagined or launched, and plan to continue my support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting people, learning about genealogy research, discovering new authors, enjoying different forms of music, learning about my personal history.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If contributors would provide expertise in managing the organization as well as providing financial assistance, elements such as advertising, educational programs, research could be greatly expanded.

Role:  Volunteer & Helped move materials and set them up at festival site. Answered questions and assistance at book booth. Provided assistance for another vendor in lighting his booth.