In Washington, DC, you are always surrounded by history or history in the making. There are helpful reminders on every block of the critical role that history plays in informing our future. The careful efforts to care for and preserve that history are inspiring. You will discover opportunities for reflection everywhere as you experience the APH conference, Capital Reflections, against this historical backdrop.
Through our speakers we will learn about efforts to bring personal history works to PBS, the importance of the role we all play as archivists and advisors for preserving family stories, and the high value an experienced journalist puts on the role of family storytelling. The workshop lineup will help experienced as well as beginner personal historians learn innovative and creative strategies in marketing techniques, interviewing styles, book approaches, video and audio production skills, social media implementation, and more.
We also have arranged time for everyone to explore DC as they wish on Sunday afternoon. The Newseum, National Archives, National Museum of American History, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, and Holocaust museums will be open. Then our group will meet up again in the evening for a wonderful treat—a chartered evening monument tour including the WWII, Lincoln, Vietnam, and FDR memorials.
I am proud to invite you to Washington, DC, to experience this historic and vibrant capital city. Come and be informed, prepared, and inspired to further your personal history business. The time taken for reflection will lead to new paths forward.
Reflecting on our upcoming conference in Washington, DC, I find myself thinking about the multiple meaning of "capital." An official seat of government; an accumulated stock of wealth; eminence and excellence: these are just a few of its definitions.
For the days APH will be in Washington, it will be our official seat and I am very excited about the time I spend each year in real-time community with my APH colleagues. Personal history is a people business and some skills are simply best learned and reinforced when we are face-to-face with each other. Likewise our continued growth as an organization becomes more customized to our many members' needs each time we're together, exchanging ideas and energy. Every conference I've attended has added to my accumulated stock of wealth in terms of the constant learning that personal history work requires. This is exciting work, but it requires skills that must be continually improved. We blend storytelling, technical production in many forms, social history, and family dynamics. Plus we start, run, and promote independent businesses. Our planning team carefully designs the curriculum for each conference to offer learning opportunities in many subjects, at levels appropriate to beginner through advanced professionals.
Eminence and excellence come to mind when I think of our conference keynotes, workshops, and salon sessions—as well as the interactions that occur in the halls, at meals, and on outings. Every minute you spend at the conference will bring you closer to your own professional eminence and excellence. Visit the United States Capital in November for the APH conference and join me in more "Capital Reflections."