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Family History

Karissa Hsu wrote the story "The Inheritance of Hope" about her grandmother's journey to America after fleeing conflict in East Asia during WWII. She is pictured here with her father, Leo Hsu.
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Since 2005, the Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration has encouraged young people to discover, write and share stories about their family history. 

Monday on St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske talked with Grannie Annie board member Martha Stegmaier, as well as Karissa Hsu, who wrote a story about her grandmother’s journey to America after fleeing conflict in East Asia during WWII. Her father Leo also joined the conversation.

 The Grannie Annie founding associate director Fran Hamilton (left) expanded on the organization's mission to preserve family stories. Aidan McCoy (right) shared his family story centered on the Civil War in the 13th edition of the publication.
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On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh expanded on The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration and the role it plays in encouraging young people to preserve family stories.

The non-profit organization helps children across the nation discover, write and share family stories, and then publish illustrated collections of their work.

An illustration by Rachel Liang, who was a fifth-grade student at Twin Oaks Christian School in Ballwin at the time, accompanies "The Disk in the Sky," a story written last year by Sydney Kinzy, who was an eighth-grader at Parkway West Middle School.
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration

Holiday family time often turns into story time. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration wants students to help capture those family stories.

Grannie Annie encourages fourth- through eighth-grade students to write and share family stories.