This is the final APH Blog Roundup. With that please join me in reading what fellow personal historians are blogging about.

(Editor’s note: Huge thanks to Shannon Stallone for her work putting together this weekly roundup of posts. Organizations like the late, great APH run on volunteers, and Shannon has been right there helping promote our blog and members’ blogs every week for the past two years. Because of her work, you’ve been alerted to great posts from your colleagues, like what follows….)

Dawn Roode of Modern Heirloom Books has two posts to share this week! The first is a talk about the power of remembrance in the face of grief entitled The Healing Power of Remembrance.

“I talk often about the power of story. Rarely, though, have I been so confronted with just how powerful story and remembrance can be specifically in the face of grief as I was this Monday at a talk at the New York Open Center.” (continued)

And the other post from Dawn is one woman’s personal post about missing her mother years after her death entitled Wish You Were Here, Mom.

“At the Open Center event, Professor Gates, noted Harvard scholar and host of Finding Your Roots, briefly spoke about how profoundly the loss of his mother impacted him. He described seeing his mother hospitalized, “with all those tubes attached, and then, she’s just gone,” he said. His grief “is still as raw and as fresh, almost, as it was when it happened,” in 1987.” (continued)

Nancy Shohet West tells a fascinating tale in A Clock, a Key,a Diamond Ring.

“Most visitors who entered my grandparents’ Colorado home noticed first the floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a view of the Roaring Fork River at the bottom of the canyon just beyond the house and Mount Daly in the distance. But when I entered the house, my eye always fell first on the Chelsea ship captain’s clock perched above their fireplace, a gift my grandparents had received for their wedding in 1935.” (continued)

Fran Morley highlights two more interviews through Equitas. The first is Personal Historian Francie King talks with youth empowerment worker Safa Rawiah of Yemen

“Today, as part of a series celebrating the human rights organization #Equitas, Francie King, a personal historian in Marblehead, Massachusetts whose business is HistoryKeep, writes about Ending Child, Early, and Forced Marriage in Yeman.” (continued)

The second is Personal historian Marnie Hill meets women’s rights worker Aginatha Rutazaa.

“Today, in an ongoing series featuring Equitas workers and volunteers, APH member Marnie Hill, a personal historian in North York, Ontario, tells us about Aginatha Rutazaa of Tanzania: Moving Forward Together to Empower Marginalized and at Risk Women in Tanzania.” (continued)

Annie Payne of History from the Heart gives us more reasons to record the stories in Personal History Awareness Month: Four questions about your family tree.

“Public speaking is a skill that many personal historians keep in their kitbag of tools. Since 1988, when I commenced interviewing ordinary Australians about their extraordinary life stories, I have spoken to literally thousands of common interest groups of men, women, and mixed groups of all ages.” (continued)

Goodbye APH!



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Shannon Stallone

Shannon Stallonejoined the Association of Personal Historians in 2014 and began her business as a Personal Biographer providing services to the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent more than twenty years in the social services field working with individuals with developmental disabilities and the elderly. This work not only enhanced her listening skills but bolstered her belief that everyone truly does have a story to tell.
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