Creating a Legacy
New business pursues more meaningful memorabilia
By Jeff LeJeunePosted Aug 1, 2012
Our memories are scattered.
Everyone has photos in shoeboxes, in drawers, and even in the attic just waiting to be organized. Worse, sometimes these photos are in albums that chemically destroy the very photos people assume they are protecting.
That’s why The Legacy Biographers are here: Baton Rouge now has its very own memory keeper.
“In this age of disposable everything, we must be careful not to dispose of our past,” said Terry Wichelhaus, co-founder and photo archivist of The Legacy Biographers. “It is no small task to find, organize, restore, and preserve our photos. What we offer is three of the four. If you can find it, we can organize, restore, and preserve it.”
Wichelhaus has 30 years of practice with photo archiving, including 14 in business. She founded Photos Forever in Houston in the late ‘90s, and it became the No. 1 business of its kind in the city.
Wichelhaus is now bringing her talents to South Louisiana.
In addition to providing non-sports-related services, Wichelhaus has run the gamut from professional sports to Little League baseball memorabilia. She prides herself on giving the very best effort no matter what kind of job she takes on.
Still, the fact that she has provided archival services for the likes of the NBA’s Maurice and Horace Grant, Le Mans winner Davy Jones, and several of agent Jimmy Sexton’s clients lends credibility to her craft.
“There are people willing to spend their hard-earned money on keeping their memories alive in an attractive setting that everyone in the family can enjoy,” Wichelhaus said. “I don’t care if it’s Horace Grant or Hugh Grant or just little Grant down the street, you can be assured that our archival services will be the very best in quality.”
Using only photo-safe materials, The Legacy Biographers place photographs and memorabilia into a photo album designed especially for the customer. The photographs are cropped, arranged, and may be thematically embellished. Pre-cut letters are used for heading on the photo pages. Needless to say, each page in the album is carefully considered to make sure the aesthetic value is perfect.
“Even though people have the best intentions, often they do not have the patience or the luxury of time to properly safeguard their photos into albums,” said Wichelhaus. “Too often their photographs end up unprotected and forgotten. That’s where we come in. We will chronicle your life’s important occasions and everyday celebrations with the highest quality materials, protecting your memories for the years to come and making a beautiful product in the process.”
The Legacy Biographers are also able to provide film and video conversion to DVD and the creation of photo videos. Co-founder Larry Horecek focuses on this aspect of the archiving.
“Playing sports is more than just games and fun,” said Horecek. “When you really unfold an athlete’s career, it becomes a story. The story is what we want to capture.”
Horecek is currently working on an archival video of legendary LSU quarterback Alan Risher, who achieved superstardom as a youth by winning a national football competition and went on to a pro football career in both the USFL and the NFL. He engineered the comeback in what is still considered the greatest upset in the USFL’s brief three-year history, when Arizona beat Chicago, 30-29.
“Alan was always a great football player,” said Horecek, “but you listen to him and he’s not reeling off a string of highlights. He’s searching; he’s seeing it unfold before his eyes. It’s a story to him, and we feel like it’s important to capture that story and make it permanent.”
Among other services, The Legacy Biographers will also put stories into book form, complete with interviews, transcripts, and photo additions.
“We can do almost any project relating to archival services,” said Wichelhaus. “We want people to come to us with their ideas, because while we can provide many services, it is ultimately the individual who must decide how they want their memories to stay intact.”
For more information on how to un-scatter your memories and create a lasting legacy, contact The Legacy Biographers (4744 Jamestown Ave.) by calling 225.231.7044.