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2013 APH Annual Conference

Washington, DC   November 8-12, 2013 (Friday-Tuesday)

The Association of Personal Historians (APH) is an international trade organization of professionals dedicated to preserving the stories of individuals, families, communities, associations, and businesses. APH will sponsor a four-day education and networking conference in Washington, DC.

Personal historians strive to delight their clients—always searching for the best ways to reflect the essence of their lives in books, videos and other media projects. They seek to strengthen their businesses and their approach to reaching ever more families. The 2013 APH Conference, Capital Reflections, will help experienced as well as beginner personal historians learn innovative creative techniques and marketing strategies.

Attendees will gain valuable insights and tools of professionalism. Instructors will offer workshops and pre-conference seminars to help their students achieve proficiency in the competencies to which personal historians aspire and any other topic that personal historians might find helpful in establishing and maintaining a successful enterprise.

We especially encourage proposals with appeal for seasoned personal historians as well as those with appropriate content for a wide range of interests and experience levels.

In addition to submitting proposals for 90-minute workshops, prospective presenters are encouraged to consider offering an extended two-session (3-hour) workshop or an in-depth 6-hour pre-conference seminar. Please note such intentions on our online proposal form and refer to the Proposal Guidelines below.

Experienced APH members and other skilled professionals in fields related to personal history are invited to submit proposals. Workshops for the conference program will be chosen by the program committee based on value to our members, relevance to theme and goals, creativity, and a balance of topics overall.

To discuss ideas for keynote presentations, please email the Conference Program team:
Ronda Barrett, Conference Program Chair
Christin McGrath, Events Manager
Mary Beth Lagerborg, Conference Director

Proposal Guidelines

The APH Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals with strong audience interaction/participation rather than lecture-style presentations. Please indicate in your proposal the methods you will utilize to accomplish this.

Your synopsis and bio sketch will be used to promote both your presentation and the conference. Please take advantage of this opportunity to sell your workshop and build excitement about the conference with descriptive, definitive words that go directly to the heart of the matter, explaining your goals for the workshop and the benefits participants can expect. For space reasons in the printed program, the synopsis must be limited to 700 characters (spaces count as characters). A catchy, definitive presentation title is important. Create something short (40 characters or less) that will appeal to conference attendees and whet their appetites.

Workshop presentations will be recorded with the presenter's permission and will be sold in MP3 format at the conference and through the APH online store afterward. A presenter's preference as to whether to allow audio taping of his or her workshop will not be a deciding factor in workshop selection.

Presenters will be asked to provide handout materials at least eight (8) weeks prior to the conference in order that all materials may be prepared for distribution in a conference notebook provided to each attendee. Workshop facilitators will receive an honorarium of $100 per 90-minute segment. In the case of a workshop with more than one presenter, the $100 honorarium will be shared by the presenters.

APH reserves the right to edit presentation titles, synopses, and biographical information for clarity and/or to improve marketability.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you in Bethesda on Friday, November 08, 2013.

Feel free to direct any questions to:
Ronda Barrett, Conference Program Chair
Christin McGrath, Events Manager
Mary Beth Lagerborg, Conference Director