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Experience the welcoming embrace of St. Louis, where belief in achievement is immortalized in the open stance of the Gateway Arch—a symbol of American pioneers' triumphant journey west.
Credit: Dan Donovan ©St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

APH Annual Conference
Believe It . . . Achieve It!

St. Louis, Missouri  ♦  October 22–26, 2014 (Wednesday-Sunday)

We are The Life Story People.
We believe that behind every ordinary person is an extraordinary story waiting to be told.
We bond and support one another to achieve product excellence and business success.

In October 2014, the Association of Personal Historians, aka The Life Story People, returned to St. Louis, Missouri, US—the city built by explorers, fur traders, pioneers, and immigrants who believed they could achieve a better life. There, grounded in the same expectations as the city's forebears, APH sponsored four intense days of education, inspiration, and motivation for those who believe they can achieve ever-greater results in the telling of Life Stories. Beginners and veterans alike were inspired as they learned innovative techniques and strategies for our personal history businesses throughout the conference. We left with newfound entrepreneurial skills and ideas after attending the informative workshops, hearing the motivational speakers, and networking with colleagues from across the globe.

The 2014 Conference Committee and I thank you for joining us and adding your energy and perspective to this ambitious conference.

Peggy Greenwood, Conference Program Chair

We had a terrific time!

#APH2014 was used over 232 times on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram worldwide.

Just a few of the comments we received
Thank you so much for all the time and energy I know you put into making the 2014 APH conference a success. This was my first APH conference and I was just so impressed by everything: I go to a lot of conferences for my "day job" and the APH conference far surpassed the norm. Thanks for everything.  — Deb James
Thanks again for inviting [me] to your wonderful conference. I met so many interesting people, with such interesting stories! You have a good thing going at APH.
 — Steve Luxenberg
I just wanted to say THANKS for a fantastic conference. I know you worked hard and I hope you realize what a wonderful job you did and how everyone (at least everyone I talked to) appreciated and enjoyed it. I know from my own personal experience, I was totally reenergized and inspired by the conference. I enjoyed giving my workshop and I plan to take it on the road.  — Steve Cranford
Thanks for the chance to present my work, and self(!), at the APH conference. . . . it was a terrific group and a really memorable occasion for me. Great people and "vibes," doing the right things. . . . I found a group of colleagues and "spiritual kin" at APH that I didn't know I had.  — Hank Greenspan
Well, I don't know where to begin except with a big, bold THANK YOU!!! You did a bang-up job with conference. . . . The speakers were perfect for our group, the workshops I attended and heard about were way above par. I loved the visit to the museum and the Arch. . . . I've already told several people about Pruitt-Igoe.  — Dick Wagner
Learned a lot about crafting Fabulous Photo Books today, how to blend genealogy with my personal history work, got a good referral to an editor and a good book designer all at the Association of Personal Historians annual conference. And then there is the inch thick stack of business cards from colleagues and potential collaborators that I exchanged after in-depth conversations about our craft.  — Bruce Summers
I can't say enough about what a fantastic time I had at my first APH conference! Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who worked so hard to make it happen!  — Karen Sackowicz
This past week in St. Louis was a week to behold. It will take days (weeks? months?) to digest everything that I experienced and learned. . . . heading home with a lot of business cards (aka some new friends/colleagues, mentors). . . . a head just spinning from all the things I learned and one very happy heart. Oh yeah, this has been one awesome conference! Thanks to everyone who worked long and hard to make this such a great event.
 — Pam McComb-Podmosky

APH Conference 2014 Speakers

Playwright Henry Greenspan
Washington Post Editor Steve Luxenberg
Author Qais Akbar Omar

Learn more about the speakers . . .