ABOUT THE PROJECT
What if it was all just a very good story? Partly touching on our personal memories and experiences, and partly reflecting the history of our communities and societies. We are inviting participants to think about history, memory, and identity in this imaginative way. Not as something given, but as crafted stories…. gripping stories!
In trainings we bring together people working in the fields of history and civic education, international youth exchange and active citizenship. They reflect and exchange expertise on how to work with narratives in citizenship education, international youth meetings and other educational contexts. The latest training took place from April 15-21, 2016.
The next youth meeting is scheduled from Oct 3-8, 2016 in Krzyzowa (Poland). Young people will come from Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. They will present the results of projects on history and identity from their local communities and home towns.
On this blog, you can find information about the project, the stories and the experiences of participants during the seminars. Also, we have developed a set of methods for “Once upon today” and other projects in Krzyzowa. Check them out in our handbook.
Protestant Academies in Germany (D)
Colegiul National Mihai Viteazul (RO)
National Association of Young Historians of Moldova (MD)
STORIES & Ideas
The concepts of museums of history often focus a national level of history. In order to discover the relations between histories of different cultures, the participants of “Once upon today…in Europe” thought about elementary questions like “What is Europe?”, “What is history?” or “What is a museum?” before creating their own conpect of an international[…]
Today, we discovered the Capital of Culture in 2016: Wrocław (Breslau). Despite the rainy weather, we got to know many interesting corners of the city and facts about it via a guided tour. We saw a Synagogue, original & reconstructed buildings, went to a traditional Polish restaurant and ate a typical dish: Pierogi (Polish dumplings).[…]
At first glance, this place might only seem to be a beautiful old residence of a noble family. But already on their first day here, the participants of “Once upon today…in Europe” discovered that it is much more than that! Via a guided tour through the gallery, the ‘House on the Hill’ as well as[…]
Interviewing Mathilda, participant: Did you learn anything new during the workshop “Same event – different story”? -“I discovered historical events I didn’t know about – especially concerning Moldova (the deportation in 1946 was new to me). Furthermore, I got to know personal stories of the others, not only national history.” 2. Did you like the[…]
On the first day of the Youth Meeting “Once upon today…in Europe” in Krzyzowa, the participants got to know each other… but first of all – themselves: during the workshop “Flowers of Identity”, each of them drew a flower related to herself/himself in order to think about her/his own story, character, background etc. After that,[…]
Students from Tallinn are looking for memories of of the “glorious days” when the Kirov fishermen collective on Viimsi peninsula was know all over the Soviet Union.
The first visit to the Polish cemetery was a great experience for the team of Smila Lyceum working on the project ‘Mystery clad in marble.‘ We had not expected such a neglected sight, but were also struck by this place where each square meters breathes glorious historic past. Stone tombs and sepulchers – most of[…]
Visiting 19th century factory buildings in the Polish city Łódź or an old fisherman collective in Estonia, analysing photos of teenage fashion in Soviet times in Ukraine or meeting witnesses of WW II in Moldova… until October young people in six countries will discover hidden stories in their home towns.
A museum village with houses circled around a common core – that is the main idea of the “Once upon today… in Europe” museum by Ana, Bogdan, Artiem, Jola, Kriista, Pedru, Sven and Tatyana.
Virtual glasses, individual stories, historical objects, education – these are the main features of the Danube museum. A boat will float across the river and bring the exhibition to visitors in different countries. Read the concept of Violeta, Anatolii, Monica and Sergei.