SHARING STORIES: Show and Tell For Grown-Ups

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We all remember bringing our favorite treasure to show and tell in grade school. Now, there’s an event for grown-ups to share their prized possessions and interesting stories.

Everything has a story for Sherry Borzo. She says, “As a personal historian, I’m a sucker for a story. Tell me a story and you’ve hooked me.”

She preserves life histories through her business Storied Gifts. And, she wants to share her passion with the metro. She says, “Our wisdom and our life experiences are our best asset. It’s the thing that won’t diminish over time.”

Borzo is hosting the first Show and Tell for grown-ups. The free event is a monthly meeting of people bringing personal treasures to share. She says, “We’re talking about items and things and treasures that matter to people and hopefully people meet people and learn something new.”

You can bring old photos, ancient artifacts or family heirlooms. People can even show something they make that tells a story.

The Association of Personal Historians is hosting events like this around the country, even the world. Borzo says, “They started it in New York State, so now it’s being done in parts of the country and Australia and other parts of the world. It’s something people remember and it resonates with them.”

Borzo hopes the Iowa Show and Tells help connect the community over time. She says, “This is a chance to come and hear how interesting and diverse we are, but also how much we all really have in common with each other.”

The very first Show and Tell is Tuesday, March 18th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It’s at Angelo’s on 8th Street in West Des Moines. It’s free to attend.

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