By this logic, only large-scale events matter: territorial and economic transformations, important inventions, etc. In this framework, "small" or ordinary stories, preferences, moments of happiness, achievements, failures, and disappointments of ordinary people are all secondary. They are invisible and only matter as an illustration of context. This becomes especially evident when you interview people whose personalities were formed during the Soviet era. Extremely shy, they tend to consider themselves unworthy of public presentation and find their stories ordinary and insignificant. By and large, we are still bad at telling stories. And we don't mean stories about heroes, achievements, or something unique. We mean stories about everyday life. In fact, the invisibility of such simple and ordinary stories disrupt the daily decision-making. And such consequences affect our present and future everyday life.
Personal stories help people understand that in reality, the "big" history is created by ordinary people making decisions in everyday situations. Where everything is much more complicated and controversial than described in history books. Where people recall and are proud of not what is accepted in the big narrative. Where the whole city becomes warm and alive, filled with memories, understandable, familiar and cozy, just like a street of your childhood.
Dealing with the value of personal, "ordinary" stories is the task of many projects of the Ekaterinburg History Museum. You can even say that the History Museum is morphing into the Museum of Stories. Today, we have our own Oral History Center and try to incorporate interviews and memories into plenty of projects. These include our family history projects, the main exhibition in the Water Tower, the Levels of Time exhibition, various projects in the field of the history of political repressions, and the museum's theatrical stage.