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December 10, 2013

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Association of Personal Historians 2013 Annual Conference

July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -  Worldwide members of the Association of Personal Historians (APH) will gather for their annual conference in Bethesda, Maryland, November 8-12, 2013. The five-day conference is a magnet for personal historians wanting to network with fellow professionals and explore ways to enhance their businesses of documenting personal and family histories, in print, audio, and video.


APH Conference Program Chair, Ronda Barrett, has planned a stimulating program for experienced and beginning personal historians that will feature twenty-five workshops and three keynote speakers—a PBS producer, an Oscar-winning filmmaker, and a bestselling author. “In our ongoing quest to raise the caliber of the services provided by personal historians to their clients, we have invited industry experts to enlighten and inspire our talented members,” says Barrett. “They will be addressing all facets of working in this industry for anyone serious about earning a living in this growing field.”


Experts will conduct workshops focused on the following areas:

- Setting up and managing successful small businesses.

- Proven marketing approaches.

- Interview techniques to facilitate reminiscence and life review.

- Best practices in publishing limited-run personal biographies.

- Video production and post-production tips and tricks for creating personal documentaries.

- Using historical imagery and footage from resources such as the Library of Congress and the National Archives to help place family history in the context of the larger historical backdrop.


According to the 2010 Census, the U.S. population 65 and older is now the largest in terms of size and percentage of the population, compared to any previous census. This population grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010. Their increased longevity, coupled with our rapidly changing technology-focused society, makes them uniquely suited for sharing the stories of an earlier world defined by family, tradition and determination. Personal historians help them document their personal and family histories for future generations.


Founded in 1995, the Association of Personal Historians has more than 625 members representing 11 countries. For more information about the Association of Personal Historians and their conference, please visit www.personalhistorians.org/conference/c2013/annual_conference.php.

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