A Senior Reminiscence Program from the McLean County Museum of History brings museum educators directly to your facility at no cost to you. Using authentic objects, photographs, and inquiry-based facilitation, we encourage older adults to:
Recall memories, thoughts, and feelings of past life experiences through the handling of familiar artifacts and photos.
Share these experiences by telling stories, asking questions, and making connections.
Understand that, by sharing their memories, they are actively contributing toward the preservation of a larger community identity.
Connect with other program participants (including staff and each other) in a way that reinforces the notion that all participants possess—to some degree—a shared history.
Click here for a PDF of our Senior Reminiscence Program brochure.
We are able to provide up to 4 programs per year per organization. Please contact us with your desired dates and programs at least 3 weeks in advance. Our programs are FREE. However, if round trip travel from the Museum is greater than 50 miles, we kindly ask for reimbursement at the current standard federal mileage rate. For reservations or for more information, contact the Education Department at (309) 827-0428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don't wait to schedule. We fill up quickly!
The photos and patient, informed facilitation brought up wonderful memories, even in residents who don't often have coherent conversations.Sugar Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center – Normal, Illinois
It's really broken a few of our residents out of their shells!Anglers Manor Apartments – Bloomington, Illinois
The residents really enjoyed seeing the props used for that era; it helped them to be able to connect and to retrieve past memories.Heritage Health – Bloomington, Illinois
Using actual objects and allowing the residents to hold and manipulate involving many senses, trigger vivid personal stories.Westminster Village – Bloomington, Illinois
The program's enlarged photographs and accompanying cultural artifacts … evoked deep-seated memories in virtually all of the participants. For over an hour residents were offered imaginative avenues into a past that continues to live in and through them.Michael Verde, Founder and President of the Memory Bridge: The Foundation of Alzheimer's and Cultural Memory