Preserving your family's memories with audio and pictures

Posted at 5:48 AM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 06:48:45-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Kinecho is a Colorado-based company that provides a professional historian to record your loved one's stories over the phone, to preserve them forever.

Heather Tomasek loves the story of how her parents Patty and Terry met, especially the way her mother tells it. “It was actually my dad and uncle were the two paper boys and it's quite funny because my mom would always bring cookies out and cinnamon rolls to my uncle,” said Heather. “And still to this day he complains he never got any treats,” said Patty.

Thanks to Kinecho she will be able to hear her mother tell that story forever. “Three years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and so whenever you get news like that you start really to try to slow down time and find ways to make new memories,” said Heather.

Kinecho is a new type of storytelling. It preserves family stories through audio and pictures. A few weeks ago, Heather's 70-year-old mom started writing down notes of her favorite memories. “We created about nine stories of her most treasured memories growing up, also advice she has for my brother and I in raising families,” said Heather, “I was just really excited because my mom has all these wonderful stories and with the passing of each generation those stories you kind of forget the details or the way your mom told the story, her laugh."

Details and a voice she loves to share with her daughter Ella. “Her grandma and her papa are her two favorite people and so just being able to show her pictures and have her listen to her grandma's voice, even on the days when we can't make the trip out to Fort Calhoun to go see grandma,” said Heather.

And Ella isn't the only one hearing stories for the first time. “When it was our fourth wedding anniversary Terry traded in his blue Bronco and got me a piano,” said Patty. “We always grew up with a piano and I never really knew where it came from it was just always a piece of furniture that sat in the living room,” said Heather.

Next, it's Terry's turn. “I keep telling him, don't worry I’m gonna do this with you too, you'll be able to set the record straight if you want,” said Heather.

To find more information on how you can preserve your family’s stories click here. Each story you decide to keep forever is $9.