GET ORGANIZED TO PRESERVE STORIES
Leave legacies not clutter
Your family, career or organizational collections help to tell your stories but they are more likely to end up in the trash, become damaged, or remain buried in attics and basements.
Inherited clutter overwhelms us, we lose our family connections as each generation passes, and younger generations never see the value of or become influenced by the perspectives of our elderly or military service member’s stories.
BECOME THE CONFIDENT GUARDIAN OF YOUR LEGACY
Reconnect through photos. When we dig through and organize our photo collections we are reminded of why we cherish those memories and of the memories of those no longer with us.
Influence future generations even after we are gone. To understand our histories and what makes us who we are is the foundation of building resilience and a healthy perspective of where we came from and where we are headed.
Understand different perspectives by putting the pieces back together. Our collections are pieces of the larger puzzle of the story of our lives and of our Nation.
“The Foundation for Coast Guard History was excited to partner with Halcyon Reflections on the USCGC Angela McShan Logbook project for one simple reason — we knew that we’d be partnering with a professional who has exceptional artistic talent that meets deadlines and who has the attention to detail in the final product that we demanded. And the final product was just that, exceptional. Without question, we intend to work with Halcyon Reflections again in the future.”
“It would be hard to find a more talented young businesswoman than Tina Claflin. She and I have worked on three major projects together and she has exceeded my expectations each time. Each one pertained to family stories and military memories and she definitely “gets” it. In addition to being smart and articulate and highly organized, she is creative and professional and has the necessary digital computer skills to bring each project to life. She actually listens and incorporates the ideas of her client, and also makes helpful suggestions of her own. Best of all, she treats each family history as though it was her own. Our next project will be a book on my husband’s military career, and I already know it’s going to be better than I can imagine. Our stories are priceless and Tina has the heart to preserve them”.
As I retired from the Coast Guard after 22 years of active duty service, I began to reflect on what influenced my career along the way. At a very young age, one of the most important seeds planted in my desire to serve in the Coast Guard was from my uncle who also served. After we lost him at a very young age, I always wished I had somehow captured his “sea stories” and honored his legacy as the direct influence it was on my own career. I wanted a way to reflect on his service and remember him. Likewise, I find myself saying this about my grandparents and many others who are no longer with us…”I wish“.
I am passionate about helping families and organizations create more permanent and meaningful legacies that can be passed down for generations.
adj. [reflections of] a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.
“the halcyon days”