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APH 2013 Annual Conference—Capital Reflections

Registration Desk

3:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday-Tuesday

Check in at the Registration Desk in the Meeting Rooms Foyer from 3:00 to 7:00 pm Friday to register and pick up conference materials.

Conference store bustling between sessions

APH Store

8:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday-Tuesday

The conference store will remain open throughout the conference. Copies of APH educational materials will be available, as well as a rich selection of books and materials from our speakers, presenters, and attendees. This is also where you can pick up information about the local area, sign up for Speed Coaching and Salon Sessions, and place orders for downloadable recordings of conference workshops.

Orientation Session

5:00 – 6:00 pm, Friday
Gloria (pictured to the right of Carolyn Parrott)
has tips to offer both veterans & new members

Everyone, particularly new members and newcomers to the conference, is invited to an orientation session in the Waterford/Lalique Ballroom hosted by former APH Membership Director Gloria Nussbaum, a personal historian since 2001.

Gloria will reveal juicy details about the wonderful conference awaiting you and offer tips on how to get the most out of your membership.



Welcome Reception

8:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday
Conference attendees catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Join Conference Program Chair Ronda Barrett and the APH Board for a welcome reception in the Haverford Baccarat Ballroom. Light hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served. Don't miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with old and new friends.

Marketing Extravaganza

3:45 – 5:15 pm, Saturday
APH President Sarah White and veteran member Mike Oke lead off this new session designed to showcase interesting and successful marketing strategies used by APH members to promote and grow their personal history business. If you are interested in presenting a brief case study of a marketing project that you have undertaken, please send the details to Conference Director Marianne Waller.

Video Share

8:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday
Video biographers will show clips of their personal history productions. APH member Debbie Brodsky will facilitate so we can view as many clips as possible. Anyone wishing to show his or her work must provide their video clip ahead of time. You may share your clip digitally as a .mov file via Dropbox or other FTP method, or mail a DVD of your film to Debbie Brodsky with a note on when the clip should start and stop. Clips should be approximately 3-4 minutes in length, and no more than 7 minutes. Please email Debbie Brodsky to coordinate your submission. Clips must be received no later than October 25th. Please provide a brief description of your video clip. Submissions will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Sign up early; viewing slots are limited.

Salon Sessions

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday & Monday
Tim Pierce sharing video & camera tips
with fellow APH members
A limited number of meeting rooms will be available for informal sessions. Any attendee with an idea or interesting question to explore may reserve one of these rooms. Reservation requests, salon announcements, and sign-up sheets will be available at the APH Store.

Note: These informal sessions are not planned in advance by APH.





Free Afternoon

noon – 7:00 pm, Sunday
When workshops end at noon on Sunday, you are free to spend the afternoon strolling through Bethesda or exploring the many sights to see in Washington, DC. Information about these areas will be provided in your registration kit. Local APH members will be available Sunday to assist and escort those interested in joining groups wishing to visit particular museums or other spots of interest. Information will be available in the APH Store.

Illuminated Monuments Tour of Washington, DC

APH-Sponsored Tour of an Illuminated DC
7:00 – 10:30 pm, Sunday Evening
Image of Washington Monument & the Capitol Dome
Image of World War II Memorial
Image of Roosevelt Memorial
The three photos above were taken by Edward H. Pien ehpien on Flickr


Conference attendees are in for a real treat this year. The APH-sponsored tour of an illuminated DC will provide an entirely new perspective of the nation's capital. Tour guides aboard each private motorcoach will narrate as we pass the National Cathedral and Embassy Row on our way from the Hyatt to the National Mall, where we will stop to explore the World War II Memorial. Next we'll enjoy a 45-minute visit to the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, and Korean War Veterans Memorials. The Lincoln Memorial is particularly magnificent at night, shimmering in the National Reflecting Pool. The glow of the black granite at the Vietnam Memorial movingly reflects the etched names of over 58,000 veterans. Our last stop will be at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial along the western edge of the Tidal Basin between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and within walking distance of the Martin Luther King Memorial. Built in 1997, the FDR Memorial is known for its unique design and for the fact that it tells the story of America during the years of FDR's presidency. We'll have almost an hour to stroll through the extraordinary seven-and-a half-acre outdoor tribute filled with murals, statues, quotes etched in stone, waterfalls, and more. At 10:00 pm, the motorcoaches will depart for our drive back to the hotel, passing the Kennedy Center along the way.

APH Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon

Monday, 12:15 – 1:30 pm
As always, a lot on our plate
Over and over again, members tell us that they walk away energized and inspired.






The annual meeting of the Association of Personal Historians, Inc., takes place each year at the conference.

The APH Board of Directors will update members in attendance on the status of the organization and discuss ongoing strategic initiatives and other projects. Members will be invited to discuss ideas and share their perspectives.

Conversation Cafe

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday

During 2013, APH has been expanding the educational opportunities available to members, focusing on the use of online teaching tools. Join Education Director Stephanie Nichols and Executive Director Linda Coffin in a discussion of what's already happened and what you would like to see in the future. President Sarah White will also give a progress report on the status of certification options for personal historians.

Tales from the Heart

10:30 am – noon, Tuesday
Jennifer Campbell touched our
hearts with her story.
Candi Byrne had us laughing
throughout her story.

A treasured tradition at all APH conferences, this event will conclude our conference on Sunday morning. Just before the Passing of the Torch ceremony and the conference close, personal historians will share their own stories as well as those of their favorite clients. Your soul will return home richer for the experience.

Participation is limited due to time constraints, so email Paula Yost soon if you're interested in telling your story.




Credit and many thanks go to Brina Bolanz for all the photos on this page, with the exception of those noted otherwise.