Phelan Family Chronicles

Over 32 years ago I asked my family of non letter writers / good intentions procrastinators, to write me one letter a year - just one, in November ... and I would put them together into a family newspaper, and then send it back to them at Christmas.  Out of sixteen different families I asked this of - I got 15 letters back that first year.  Each year the number goes up ... if one family member doesn't write, another starts - even as young as 8 years old!  We've had distant 'kissin cousins' who were not well known by us, who have joined and bonded us closer together now.  It is such a family treasure - a gift from all of us, to each other!!   One we've all shown over and over to friends who have tried and failed to copy the idea, as our idea just keeps growing stronger year after year.

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(private pages - password protected)

Index by contributor

1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989     1990 1991
Jul Dec
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

The photo below is one of our 10th anniversary paper that my co editor Emily Grider, put together with small thumbnail shots of all the different front pages.  The paper has gone from my first efforts of reading difficult hand writing, typing, cut and pasting then photocopying - to computerized electronic letters with photo attachments, downloading and COLORprinting.   Wow!  What a change.  What a FAMILY!!  

 

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