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01/13/2011

Buried Treasure

Yo ho ho! Straight from the First Person Museum Online Gallery, this week’s story comes to us from Philadelphia Inquirer writer, Dianna. Do some digging with Dianna through her story, “A Pirate’s Bounty” and unearth an unlikely flea market find full of buried treasure.

Dianna has contributed more than her story to the First Person Museum. This past year Dianna worked with First Person Arts through the First Person Museum project as a StoryCircle Facilitator helping participants write and share their stories about the objects that are most meaningful to them.

A Pirate’s Bounty
Theme: Moving On
Object Type: From Childhood

I saw this treasure chest at a flea market and I just knew I had to have it. I had one exactly like it when I was a kid, but it went missing along with so much of what I treasured.

So much was taken from me then: Innocence, virginity, safety, trust.

Now I troll flea markets every weekend, seeking pieces of a past I might reclaim. I look into the eyes of other shoppers and I sometimes see someone like me – a person in search of more than a bargain; a person in search of self.

Read Dianna’s official entry.

Feeling inspired? Now you can be featured in a museum! Upload your story to firstpersonmuseum.org along with media including photos of yourself, your object, and video. Choose from themes like “Moving On” and object types like “From Childhood.” Next week’s featured story could be yours!

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