Yes, I am one of those people who love to wander cemeteries. I find it akin to visiting an art museum; an opportunity to enjoy rarely appreciated sculpture, intricate carvings, and amazing architecture in a tranquil outdoor setting. This is a blog about cemetery culture; art, history, issues of death, and genealogy - subjects of current relevance. I usually find something that intrigues me, something that makes me want to dig deeper - relevant, yet fascinating. Care to join me? Read on.....
week I wrote about the life of a dear friend, Hap Fleming.I wished I could have shared some of
Hap’s music and Annis’ singing with you. Then I remembered meeting Glenn
Toothman at the Midwest Family Expo in July. I immediately located the
information he had given me on his company, Memory
Medallion®.Let me state up
front, I am not affiliated with, nor do I receive any compensation for this
product.But I am intrigued by it
and can see so much potential for genealogists in helping to share our love of
family and ancestors, with each other and the world. Just the
idea of being able to share a video of Grandma at a family reunion, or a
genealogy conference, is fascinating and fun.
Glenn Toothman Photo by Rebecca Droth - Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Toothman came up with the idea of a way to digitally preserve and share photos,
videos and family stories about a decade ago.Toothman said that his father is the reason. His dad
returned from a visit to a local cemetery some years back, frustrated that
there was no real way to let others know who these people were, what they had
done, how they had lived.Their
lives were represented by nothing more than a dash between the date of birth
and death.His father then
challenged him to create a better way to honor and remember those who had
passed. Toothman, who was a county
district attorney at the time, accepted the challenge and set to work.
Medallion with QR Code
results are a medallion about the size of a half-dollar.It is placed on a cemetery stone,
mausoleum, or vault and is created to withstand harsh weather conditions.Each medallion has a QR code, serial
number and access code that allows the purchaser entry to a web site online
where they can build a loved one’s story profile to share.The profile can be made up of photos,
videos, music, web links, even friends and family reminiscing about the loved
one.The customer can put the
profile together and edit it as often as they choose.The company offers several video tutorials to assist in
creating a memorable story. Family members can also work together to share and
create displays, each adding what they have to the profile. Anyone
with a smart phone can read the QR code, similar to a barcode, and view the
display in the cemetery.You can
also email the web link to those you want to view it, or post it on your
Facebook or Twitter page for anyone to see.
also come in the form of a heart-shaped silver locket or military-style dog tag
that you can wear.
average Memory Medallion® package runs around $225
and includes the medallion, website location for eight photos and a 1,000 word
story and printed biography. Some
models are now under $80.
Memory Medallions are located on Veterans Memorials, 9/11 Monuments and personal
graves. Toothman says that the
medallions are also being used to memorialize weddings, anniversaries, births,
graduations and special pets. Also
on Alumni Walls, sports walls. For more information, visit their web page at http://www.memorymedallion.com/index or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MemoryMedallion
this being Thanksgiving weekend and families gathered together for a few days,
maybe this would be the perfect time to begin to assemble the lifetime story of
a loved one or ancestor.What a
special way to remember and celebrate someone’s life.
(All photos not labeled are courtesy of Memory Medallions)