Edmonton Stories – Ideas, Themes and Activities

Ideas and Activities:

  • Interview a friend or a family member.
  • Describe what your neighbourhood/community/Canada will look like in 150 years.
  • Tell a story of a "first".
  • Record stories and memories about a specific geographical location, include pictures!
  • Create a visual poem.
  • Tell the story of an object that holds personal significance.
  • Create  sound map: record and talk about sounds that are unique to your community.


  • "I remember a time when..."
  • “I’m smiling today because…”
  • “I feel the strongest sense of home when…”
  • “My first memory is…..”
  • “A time where I felt I made a difference was…..”

Interview resources and sample questions:

Check out these sites for tips and tricks on how to conduct an oral history interview and view sample questions.

Geneology.com - Get Nosy With Aunt Rosie: Example Questions for Oral Histories : http://www.genealogy.com/articles/research/70_tipsoral.html

Smithsonian Center for Folklife & Cultural Heritage: 

List of other EPL and non-EPL resources:

Lynda.com Course: Creative Inspirations (https://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1895370005)

iPhone Photography, From Shooting to Storytelling (https://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1896304005) – course on Lynda.com

Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need (instantly available on Hoopla) (https://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1787805005)

Athabasca University – Digital Storytelling (http://elab.athabascau.ca/workshop/digital-storytelling)

Storycenter (https://www.storycenter.org/)
Storycenter supports organizations and individuals in telling and recording their stories.  They host free webinars in digital storytelling.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.