The single, most important thing you can do to record your stories is to preserve your photographs, model airplanes, and the other objects that are vital to you. It is through the stories you tell about your objects that convey their meaning. When this context is known by others, it helps them realize how important these belongings are and that makes them more likely to want to care for them.
So how do you preserve stories? The simplest thing to do is to tell someone. Share your memories during your next family dinner. Use them as bedtime stories for your grandkids. Just share.
If you want your stories to be more permanent than memory, write them down or record yourself telling them (with either audio or with video), or partner with someone and record an oral history.
After that’s done, the focus shifts to preserving the media that story is on. The American Library Association has some good tips for preserving different types of media. For a great introductory source on how to do your own oral history, check out the Minnesota Historical Society’s advice.
The National Model Aviation Museum is preserving stories through the AMA’s History Program. The History Program asks modelers to tell the story of their (or a friend’s) modeling career. Each individual’s story tells that person’s history. Together they all tell the history of model aviation. We encourage you to contribute your story. This guide gives advice for how.