FW: Conf: Association of Personal Historians
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From: Kathryn Blakeman [mailto:Kathryn_Blakeman@...]
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2001 4:55 PM
Subject: Conf: Association of Personal Historians
From: Elizabeth A. Wright, HISTORY IN PROGRESS
Subject: Conference: Assocation of Personal Historians
Date: August 10, 2001
Following is a Press Release regarding the seventh annual
Networking Conference of the Association of Personal Historians, Inc.
PERSONAL HISTORY TREND SPEADS NATIONWIDE
Memoir-makers to gather in Tampa in November
"NBC Nightly News" recently reported on a trend the
Association of Personal Historians, Inc., has been
spearheading for years -- the growing interest in
capturing people's life stories as legacy for their families,
communities, and history. Featured in that news story
was Kitty Axelson-Berry, who founded the APH in
1994 with fewer than a dozen members.
Now with more than 200 members in North America
and abroad, the APH will hold its seventh annual
conference -- Navigating the Waters: Charting A
Professional Course To Treasured Memories,
November 8-11, 2001, in Tampa, Florida. Highlighting
the conference, which is open to non-members, will be
two nationally-known speakers -- Pulitzer Prize-winning
journalist and best-selling author Rick Bragg, and Richard
Stone, a leading proponent of chronicling personal history
and author of _The Healing Power of Story_ and _Stories:
The Family Legacy_.
Rick Bragg, who's memoir _All Over but the Shoutin'_ spent
weeks on the _New York Times_ best-seller list, will talk
about his latest book, _Ava's Man_. Due out August 21, it is
a lushly written chronicle of the lives of his grandparents,
Charlie and Ava Bundrum, drawn from in-depth interviews with
his aging aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends -- a benchmark
example of a service APH members provide their clients.
Richard Stone, founder of the StoryWork Institute and The Cerus
Company, is now applying the ancient art of storytelling to
the creation of cutting-edge approaches in the delivery of
financial services. Through his successful seminars, financial
advisors are discovering how life stories are the key to
developing profound client relationships that transcend money
and property, and reward families with priceless legacies.
Stone is a national leader in the development and application
of programs for counselors, social workers, nurses, chaplains,
hospice professionals and healthcare volunteers, training
them in ways to help facilitate the life-review process for
patients and their families.
The conference also offers an outstanding slate of informative
and educational workshops, from introductory topics for those
just beginning to capture life history, to programs for advanced
personal historians. Workshops address a variety of formats,
including writing and publishing, video, photo archiving, CD-ROM
Also, a collaboration between the APH and MetLife Insurance
will be unveiled. MetLife provided a grant this year to the
International Institute of Reminiscence and Life Review to
create an educational video on elders recording life stories,
and members of the APH will be promoting the program nationwide.
The conference concludes on November 11, the traditional
date of Veteran's Day. In recognition of those who served
in the nation's military, the APH will host a public program,
As Time Goes By. A panel of representatives who have written
or recorded their life stories will present readings from their
works and discuss what they and their families gained from the
process. Included on the panel will be a veteran of World War II,
Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War, as well a couple who escaped
the holocaust. Proceeds from the program will benefit the World
War II Memorial and the Florida Holocaust Museum.
For more information or to receive a complete program for
the APH conference, please contact Paula Stahel by writing
to APHConf2001@..., or call 813/251-8187.
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Elizabeth A. Wright
HISTORY IN PROGRESS
1336 Green Street, #2
San Francisco, CA 94109-1944
"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things". Cicero, 80 B.C.
Treat yourself. Visit APH, Inc. at http://www.personalhistorians.org