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Association of Personal Historians Making News

"Life Story: Falmouth memoirist teams up with beloved local retailer" (Wicked Local Falmouth, by Sarah Murphy, March 21, 2017)

  • APH member Debra Levy worked with 91-year-old Nate Dondis to tell the story of his Russian family's immigration to the USA and his own experience as a men's clothing retailer. The article also mentions long-time APH member Mary O'Brien Tyrrell, who has been a mentor to Debra.

"June Kjome - missionary, nurse and activist - reflects on growing old" (La Crosse Tribune, March 15, 2017)

  • APH member Susan Hessel worked with 96-year-old June Kjome to tell her inspiring life story. Kjome will sign copies of her book from 1 to 3 p.m., April 23, at the La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St., La Crosse, Wisconsin.

"Be sure not to die without having written a love letter to your heirs" (USA Today, Money), APH member Susan Turnbull was interviewed by Robert Powell, special to USA Today (March 1, 2017)

  • Many a person dies without haven’t left behind a document to their heirs that sums up their life, that provides their heirs with a sense of who they really were, what they really stood for, and what their values were. Susan Turnbull, an APH member, a principal with Personal Legacy Advisors and author of The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Your Ethical Will, spoke with Robert Powell to help readers better understand the concept of an "ethical will."

"Your Business Matters" (Ashland, Massachusetts, cable TV show), appearance by Marjorie Turner Hollman (February 2017)

  • Marjorie Turner Hollman, personal historian and member of the board of the Association of Personal Historians (APH), discusses personal history, what it is, and how you can make an investment in your family's future by sharing the stories of your past. Marjorie was invited to be a guest on the show by Jan Miele-Fleuery, graphic artist and part of the Benchmark Advisors Group.

Colorado Springs Style, A Story Like No Other - Your Own, by Becky Hurley (July-August 2016)

  • APH member Kirk Woundy talks about being a personal historian, in the context of a growing demand for people to help others tell their stories.

ABC News, Writing Your Own Obit: A Chance to Reflect, Get It Right, by Melissa Kossler Dutton (link no longer available)

  • Through several interviews, the author explores the increasing trend for self-written obituaries.

The New York Times, Have a Story To Tell? Your Personal Memoirist Is Here by Alina Tugend (August 31, 2016)

  • Article describes the work of a personal historian and the value of doing one's own personal history
  • Includes comments from APH founder Kitty Axelson-Berry, 2016 APH President Bill Horne, and members Kit Dwyer, Dhyan Atkinson, and Mary O'Brien Tyrrell

The Chicago Tribune Primetime, Oh, the Stories They Could Tell (September 16, 2016)

  • Article focuses on how collecting and preserving family histories has become a booming industry with hundreds of individuals for hire, all over the world
  • Includes comments from APH Executive Director Linda Coffin, APH member Betsy Storm, and Cathi Nelson, founder of the Association of Professional Photo Organizers

Feminine Collective, Creating My Father's Legacy: Martin Elkort's Photography (March 7, 2016)

  • Stefani Twyford discusses the making of her documentary, Martin Elkort: An American Mirror, about her father and his critically acclaimed photography in post-WWII New York.

Personal History Showcase: Members' Products Gain Publicity

Dish Magazine, Review of Time to Tell Your Personal and Family History, by Rachel Gladstone (March 2017)

  • Featuring a personal history how-to guide by APH member Deborah Wilbrink.
"Tracking down information about your heritage can be fun but it is often difficult to know where to start your journey. Luckily, Personal Historian and author Deborah Wilbrink knows just what to do and she leads the way into this often complicated process in her new book TIME TO TELL..."

Personal historian Meghan Vigeant helped her client create Only Human: A Journey from Convict to Mentor. (July 13, 2016)

Alton Lane was a violent, angry, abusive, and abused criminal with a colorful array of addictions, who found a new way of being in the world when he learned and began to teach non-violent communication.

"This was one of those books that I found delightfully hard to put down. It drew me in with its spirited story-telling style. It was as if I were taking a stroll with Alton himself while he recounted his life in a voice filled with honesty, wit, vulnerability, and deep insight. It left me both deeply connected with Alton, and longing to meet him in person."
- Amazon Reviewer