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Genealogical Society to host "Your Dash" event, reflecting on life's journey

The hyphen on a tombstone between the birth and death date represents much more than meets the eye. That's according to Carol Ragle, with the Mitchell Area Genealogical Society, who said this dash represents a person's life journey. And with that...

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The hyphen on a tombstone between the birth and death date represents much more than meets the eye.

That's according to Carol Ragle, with the Mitchell Area Genealogical Society, who said this dash represents a person's life journey.

And with that in mind, the Genealogical Society is hosting "Your Dash," an eight-month long free event that will allow attendees to reflect on life - also put it into writing.

The program will have meetings the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., beginning on May 1. It will take place at the Carnegie Resource Center, located at 119 W. Third Ave. Sign-ups are not required, but encouraged, Ragle said, and can be done so by calling 996-3209 or stopping by the resource center.

Each meeting will last approximately an hour, Ragle said, and will discuss one topic. Some of the topics for the project will include events and achievements, motherhood, fatherhood, hobbies and beliefs.

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The purpose, Ragle said, is to allow people to talk about and share their stories. It also will allow attendees to write down their life stories in a physical form.

"The key is to get something down for the future generations, and so they know who are you," Ragle said.

This program serves as an outreach project for the genealogical society, Ragle said, adding that it would be fun to bring this nationwide event to Mitchell.

Ragle hopes attendees will learn the value of their lives, the importance of their connection to the community and for the future generation's knowledge. She also said people can learn how to better express themselves.

At the end of the eight months, Ragle said, the society would like to help attendees put together a book of what they wrote, which could include pictures and other artwork.

"Some of these people have even thought about if they even count, and that they're just the dash," Ragle said. "This is about personal empowerment."

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