The contracts are signed, the program is at the printer, and registration opens July 1 for the 2013 APH Annual Conference, Capital Reflections, set for Nov. 8-12 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, just outside Washington DC.
Because you found your way to this blog, you’re getting a sneak preview of of the three fabulous keynote speakers: a PBS producer, a New York Times best-selling author, and an Oscar-winning film maker.
PBS Producer: Steve Young
Our American Family: From One Family’s Story to a Documentary Project for PBS
Saturday, November 9
Steve Young, founder and executive producer of Our American Family, will share how a journey to capture his father’s family story grew into a multi-documentary project for public television. He will discuss his methodology from initial contact with a family to the completed film, as well as the process of working within the public television system.
The first half of the twentieth century represents the last era of American life to begin, for most families, largely unchanged from the lives and experiences of previous generations. The documentary series, Our American Family, captures the voices of survivors of that era, providing us with the opportunity to hear firsthand what it meant to be a family during this simpler time, before the world changed.
Oscar Winner: Grace Guggenheim
Past Is Prologue
Sunday, November 10
Grace Guggenheim has been a producer and executive producer of historical documentaries with Guggenheim Productions, Inc., for over twenty-five years, producing more than fifteen documentaries for television and theatrical release for permanent exhibition at museums and presidential libraries around the country. Among her credits are the Academy Award®-nominated A Place in the Land; Academy Award®-nominated D-Day Remembered; and the 1989 Academy Award®-winning film, The Johnstown Flood.
APH Conference attendees will enjoy a rare look behind the scenes as they listen to Grace’s inside stories and watch film clips from her award-winning historical documentary films. She will provide a profound perspective on how we can all be responsible archivists while using public, private, and personal resources.
New York Times Bestselling Author: Steve Roberts
Your Grandmother Never Says, “No Comment”
Tuesday, November 12
Steve Roberts is a passionate advocate for the importance of capturing life stories, as evidenced by his presentation’s title (also one of his favorite sayings). He believes wholeheartedly that capturing and recording the tales of our elders is one of the best gifts you can give your family.
As a journalist with the New York Times and U.S. News, Steve always looked for the personal stories behind the headlines. Eventually turning to his own life, Steve and his wife, Cokie Roberts of NPR’s Morning Edition, published the bestselling book From This Day Forward—a personal account of their marriage and others in American history. In 2005, he wrote My Fathers’ Houses, a memoir of growing up in New Jersey and the ways in which children of immigrants inherit the dreams of their parents and grandparents. As a professor at George Washington University, he came to realize that many families today were living the same immigration story. This led to the publication of From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America. In 2011, Steve again partnered with his wife to write Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families.
Steve’s 25-year career with the Times included assignments as bureau chief in Los Angeles and Athens and as Congressional and White House correspondent. His many honors include the Dirksen Award for covering Congress, the Wilbur Award for reporting on religion and politics, the Bender prize as one of George Washington University’s top undergraduate teachers, and four honorary doctorates. He also is a widely read and respected columnist, as well as a TV and radio analyst.
Well, there you have it: three outstanding speakers—and just three of the many reasons to attend the 2013 APH conference, Capital Reflections. Registration opens July 1.
~APH: Life, Stories, People~
About today’s contributor: D. Fran Morley is Content Editor for the Association of Personal Historians. A longtime member, she eagerly looks forward to attending her sixth APH annual conference.