Creating The Lankford Manor Cookbook - The Story of a Story
by Jiffy Page
By Guest Blogger - Courtney Lankford
Pictures fade and memories pass with the loss of each generation. This past fall, I decided it was time to put together a book that represented a family legacy: the Lankford Manor in Tifton, Georgia. It was an institution in Tifton for over 60 years and it has played a tremendous role in the lives of my entire family. With the passing of my grandfather came the loss of precious stories of the restaurant and of times long ago. I decided that before any more memories were lost, I would preserve them by creating the book, The Lankford Manor Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos.
The process was definitely a labor of love, but one I took joy in doing. I sorted through countless old photographs, newspaper clippings, and menus and turned to the wonderful people at Pixorium to help me scan everything. They immediately took a great interest in the story I was trying to tell, putting me at ease with leaving all of these memories in their possession. They did a terrific job scanning and creating digital images for me to insert into a template I was using through Blurb, an online company that enables you to design and publish professional quality books.
In the end, I had created a true treasure. I had a book that included everything (the stories, pictures and recipes) in one place. When I surprised my entire family with the 74-page book on Christmas morning, everyone instantly broke down in tears. This book means so much to my family and me. I am so happy I took the time to put it together so that the story of the Lankford Manor and the Lankford family will be able to be told for generations to come.
I encourage everyone to take the time to preserve his or her family history. It can be as small as having images scanned to prevent their loss in the event of a disaster to creating a book like the one I did. We never know what we might encounter or when we might lose our family storytellers, so it is important to act now to save these priceless memories. I am so thankful I took the time to make this book as it acts as a guide to channel the memories of my family and keep the recipes of my grandfather and my great-grandmother alive forever. Thank you to Pixorium for making this process so easy and for supporting me along the way! I could not have done it without you.
A few words from us:
Thank you, Courtney,
for the chance to work with you, your amazing pictures and documents and this
marvelous story. Here’s to sharing your time, love and storytelling prowess
with your family. We know they're grateful.
Yes, it takes time and effort to create a family treasure like this one but the benefits are priceless and timeless. Everyone has a story that needs telling; please tell yours. We’re here to help….