Maringá Institute is authorized to raise more than £ 8 million for the Family Museum, which will approximately digitize 100 000 northern and northwestern families stories.

The “Geada Negra” which mainly devastated Paraná North Pioneer in the early hours of July 18, in 1975, emptied the region. At the time, from the 174 coffee farmers municipalities, 71 lost more than half population and 88 lost more than 1/5, according to “Geada Negra” documentary, directed by Adriano Justino. Small towns were even smaller and districts were gone from the map without a trace. And it is not only a geographical issue: a lot of life history went out of people who helped to place into the map this part of Brazil.

Let´s bite our tongues, but if it comes another calamity like the one in 1975, at least the histories of so many families in the region – and that, as a whole, build a true and rich local history – will no longer be wiped out as well as the thousands of coffee plants cut down by frost. This is because the The “Instituto Memória e Vida” – IMV (The Memory and Life Institute – MLI )was approved in the National Cultural Incentive Commission, in charge of reviewing the entries submitted in the Rouanet Law, enabling the Museum of Familyproject, with a funding of R$ 8,215,546. This means, the possibility for many people in the region, to ensure the family history recorded at no cost.

The Family Museum, in all its innovation, can now be considered the greatest conservation project of social memory ever made in the state. It will be 100 000 families, totaling nearly 500 thousand people, located in 211 Paraná municipalities of four regions (north pioneer, central north, northwest and western center), assisted by the project and will have their family histories recorded by digitization of several historical materials – photos, tapes, movies, recipes, medical examinations, films etc – that will make up a web page in the Family Museum’s website. In addition to the existing scanned material there will be targets to capture video testimonials of about three thousand pioneers and the performance of 50 shows in small municipalities.

This kind of private museum will be like an immense digital family tree, with a guaranteed durability on a free software with the MLT responsibility of storing all this data in a reliable bank.

Edson Pereira, the MLI president and Marcelo Seixas, project director, announced yesterday that the works have already started and that the region residents interested in participating in the project, can already access the site www.museudafamilia.org.br to obtain information. Seixas confirmed for May 13, 2015 between the National Museums Week this year in a locations to be determined in Maringá, the official launch event campaign to registry families for the museum.

Starting in May, the director calculates to finish the first Museum of Familystage – with visits, clarification, family registrations and historical materials digitization- by October this year. For this, the MLI will have for about 450 people who, directly or indirectly, will work on the project in at least four areas: educational, technological, historical and logistical core. Each municipal district will have a teacher representing the Family Museum. In this case, there are more than 200 people involved. The deadline for the “delivering work” is two years.

The teachers dissemination idea process beginning was not by chance. In the first Museum of Familyphase – which started in 2011 in a rural community at Jussara city (65 km from Maringa) – they realized that one of the distinguishing characteristics of small communities in the region is the importance and role that state or municipal schools have . And it will be in them, they tell, the kickoff will be given and where, in cities with less than 30,000 inhabitants (as a priority in the project), there will be a digitalization work center


In the project, it is expected to Maringá and Londrina, at strategic points, the installation of two digitalizing historical documents laboratories to attend families who are interested in the project. They have not set a date for the laboratories viability. But according to Seixas, when this step if true, the scanning process will be quick and people can wait for the documents return having a coffee break while the responsible staff will catalogue the historical materials and important identification data. “In 20 minutes, today it is possible to scan up to 700 documents.”

With the bold idea, but very welcome and important, Edson Pereira emphasizes the character regional history preservation through the private memory and the uniqueness of what he calls “first-person museum”. Collaboratively and reversing the usual history books order – whose facts almost always start from the top down and are limited to official reports and from the heroic events of public figures – the Family Museum’s intention is to create, in its first stage , 100 000 museums, 100 thousand families, 100 thousand stuffed by peculiar stories but at the same time, tell a number of common factors, mainly all of them have a irrefutable soil link with the saga around coffee on the North and Northwest of Paraná regions.

Family stories
When, at some point in his life, Marcelo Seixas realized how important it was to his two daughters to watch a recorded great- grandmother account, who died more than 100 years ago, he had no doubt of how it could contribute to a person to have its family story linked to Family Museum. “I saw how the great-grandmother story was important for my daughters to know that they are also part of history.”

Edson Pereira remembers his mother, who even having six children, have decided to adopt four other children in Jussara city. “The family is the foundation base and it passes you safety and knowledge. It does not matter how distant you are, you can return to your family at any time, “he says. With the Family Museum, both of them are happy. After all, the family tree will increase.

* Published article in D +, O Diário de Maringá.

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