“We’re a storytelling company. What we’re looking to do is archive a life story,” says Joe Mitton.
As longtime professionals and friends, journalist Meredith Jorgensen Cooke and videographer Joe Mitton have spent decades telling stories—and that’s at the heart of their newest business venture. Life & Legacies is a visual storytelling business where clients are interviewed telling their life stories and are then given a way to archive and share it with friends, family, and the community.
The original idea was born from Meredith’s personal experience with her grandfather’s sickness. After Egon’s unexpected diagnoses, Meredith grabbed a camera, flew to Florida, and put her interviewing skills to work. The time spent learning about him served as preservation of her family’s history. After the funeral, those videos became invaluable tributes to their personal legacies and her family’s identity.
Meredith and Joe decided this idea could work as a business and participated in The Great Social Enterprise Pitch, a friendly competition facilitated by ASSETS and LCCF to promote local social enterprise ideas. Life & Legacies made it to the finals. While they didn’t win the grand prize, they did keep their crowdfunding dollars and walked away with a turnkey business plan.
“We’ve signed our lease for 52 North Prince Street,” Joe says with excitement. “There are no other businesses like this in Lancaster. We think we serve a unique niche; and we’re really excited to be small business owners and new entrepreneurs,” Meredith adds.
The ultimate goal for all these collected stories? Share them on a TV show called Storytellers, which would have the greatest reach and community impact.
Share your story and learn more about package options at LancasterLegacies.com.