Today I went back to the Senior Center to find volunteers and I met the two sweet ladies that make up the knitting club. I got a chance to explain my project to them and get to know them a little bit. I'm going to be coming back to spend time with them talking about their childhood memories every Monday for several weeks. I, thankfully, now have two great and wiling participants. One of them came to the US from Germany at age 22; she grew up during the War and under Hitler. Her experiences will be a great contrast to the other woman's, who grew up here.
Onto the breakthrough: I'm not going to solely focus on working with senior citizens. One part of this project is looking at the ability the sharing of memories has to link us together. That means people of all generations and of differing social relations to one another. I'd like to do at least 6 posters: 2 about memories from people my own age, 2 from people my parents age, and 2 from people my grandparent's age. I'm going to work with strangers, friends, family, and acquaintances. The string that will hold my body of work together will be the types of memories I ask about.
Right now, I plan to use the framework of significant "turning point" memories. Memories about growing up in the elementary-middle school range. Memories where something changed or they realized something new. I'll try to direct my questions in a manner that keeps my focus narrow.