The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #144266   Message #3334995
Posted By: SPB-Cooperator
07-Apr-12 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: When does living history end?
Subject: RE: When does living history end?
Will,

I think by my preferred definition, stories about your great-great grandparents, although being passed down through future generation would not count as living memory as any account by this stage is at least once removed from the person who experienced the time/event i.e. the memory is a second hand interpretation, whereas a person who has a living parent or grandparent or even great-grandparent may or may not have the opportunity to enter further discussions with the person, and maybe confirm or clarify understanding - and the first hand account doesn't have to be through family or even through people thanks to media technology.

My view therefore is that anything that is related first hand is living memory - and after the person dies, that is whether the living memory canon ends - although it can be augmented from other sources, that surely must be historical reference.