Museums and libraries continue to explore new methods of engaging patrons. The Portland Art Museum’s Object Stories project is a fine example.
“The Portland Art Museum offers a unique opportunity to share your story about an object that is meaningful to you. Do you have something you would never give up? Like a favorite childhood toy, a military medal, or a memento? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in a corner of your dresser? Something that evokes a time or person in your life, a place you miss, or something you hope for?”
The museum has set up an easy to use interactive booth for recording the stories. Simply bring your object of choice, be prepared to talk about it, and sign a form granting the museum the rights to use your story online, in the museum exhibit and to archive it.