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It was a combination of Dr. Victoria Bacon’s interests that resulted in The Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project, a grant-sponsored initiative designed to promote psychological health for women veterans in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Dr. Bacon’s passions for group therapy and genealogy led her to see the need for such a program. “I started to ask myself, ‘How do people process what they learn, and do they have the support they need to do so?’”
The project, which is sponsored by BSU and the Daughters of the American Revolution, will guide 24 women veterans in engaging in self-reflection, exploring family history and traditions, rediscovering their roots, deepening their life’s purpose, and expanding their capacity for caring, Dr. Bacon said.
The goal is to help the women move toward becoming “keepers of meaning” by preserving and sharing their family legacies with future generations.
The project also looks to the future, by connecting the participants and their legacies to future generations.
“Much of what’s being implemented in the program comes from 30 plus years’ experience in group work and a wide variety of training related to exploring one’s legacy and preservation techniques,” Dr. Bacon said.
Prospective participants will be interviewed to gauge their fitness for the project and wellbeing, and if selected, will be assigned to a group session. Groups will meet for a 90-minutes for each of eight weeks. At the end, each participant will be re-assessed as to her wellbeing and can decide if and what she’d like to share of her experiences at the Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project Forum and/or with other publications, websites, or with family members.
Dr. Bacon said she’s already heard from veterans interested in writing a book about their past or making use of old family photos. In other words, the desire to discover, process and share personal history is strong. “I’m excited about this project; the support’s been pretty phenomenal,” she said.
To volunteer to participate in The Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project, contact Maureen Boiros at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 508.531.1878. (Photo by David K. Wilson, '71; story by John Winters, G '11, University Advancement)