Story and Why
Life is Your Story"
of Personal Historians (APH),
international trade association,is comprised of
some of the most talented and dedicated
people around. The
hundreds of members are involved in the preservation of family and
legacy, as well as the multiple ways to save personal history. The APH is dedicated to helping people preserve life
and memories and will celebrate twenty years as an organization in 2015.
are two key areas that APH can benefit you:
passion for personal history preservation in all its various shapes and
is at the heart of this organization. Over the years it has grown and
many resources to help personal historians. I became a member in 2003
and I am
continually impressed at how the business and the mission of personal
1) They can help you find the
right person(s) to help you tell your story (or that of a loved one).
The over 600 members from all around the United States, Canada and even
a few other countries have a broad experience and ability to help in an
amazing number of story preservation ways: books, oral histories,
videos and more. You can easily search the Membership
If you are interested in
becoming a personal historian, either as a professional or hobbyist,
organization has the resources and help you need. More beneficial than
the in-depth content on the web site is the sense of community
get as a member.
There is a very
active email discussion
list, online forum, quarterly print newsletters, emails marketing
fellow members, and the organization has created a "toolbox" of
helpful resources for sale to members.
The association continues to improve offerings to members, including
regional and online educational opportunities. There has been a renewed
focus on networking through online webinars and lots of regional
activity. And their annual
conferences are superb opportunities to learn, network and
inspire members and spread ideas and advance the cause of personal
history work. This year's conference was a return to St. Louis was held October 22-26, 2014. You can see more information
about the next APH
conferences here. This year social media was used more to help members follow along, especially those who can't attend in person. #APH2014 on Twitter and also a designated conference page on Facebook, as well as the regular personal historians FB page.
APH has a structure and organization, but it's not
rule-heavy. The board members who serve as officers provide guidance
and direction and are themselves active professionals in the field of
Some areas well worth exploring on the APH site are
About the APH
(learn about the organization, the values, history and how to join), an
extensive Member's Area (jammed with resources too
numerous to mention), the Newsroom
(various members in the news as well as publicity about the
Association) and a pretty extensive Resources
section that will keep you surfing the Internet for a good while.
also highly recommend the anthology of
personal history stories released by APH - My Words
Are Gonna Linger
contains a number of life stories from various members of APH. You can
now order the book online.
As you continue your life journey take advantage of
the benefits offered from the APH
Tom Gilbert, proud member of APH.
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