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Program Highlights (2014)

APH 2014 Annual Conference:  Believe It . . . Achieve It!

Volunteers Joella Werlin, Patsy Kuentz, and Marcia Orland at the registration desk in 2013. Photo Credit: Fran Morley


Registration Desk/APH Store

Check in at the Registration Desk in the lobby from 3:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday to register and pick up conference materials. The APH Store will open for business Thursday morning and 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 where you can pick up information about St. Louis, sign up for Speed Coaching and Salon Sessions, or place orders for downloadable recordings of conference workshops.

Orientation Session

5:00 – 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Gloria Nussbaum

Everyone, particularly newcomers to the conference, is invited to an orientation session hosted by former APH Membership Chair Gloria Nussbaum, a personal historian since 2001.

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




Welcome Reception

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Join Conference Program Chair Peggy Greenwood and the APH Board for a welcome reception in the Clayton 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.
Sue Hessel invited storytellers to share a favorite story. Susan Terrill-Flint, and many others, had us all laughing heartily. Photo Credit: Fran Morley


Circle of Sages

3:45 – 5:15 pm, Thursday, October 23, 2014

In this popular event, veteran APH members share firsthand stories about their professional journeys, successes, and lessons learned along the way, offering sage advice for other personal historians.

Personal History Meets Public Housing

Film Screening of "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" & Panel Discussion
Free event open to the public. No tickets needed.
6:15 – 9:00 pm, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Child seated on bench in Pruitt-Igoe.
Photo Credit: St. Louis Public Schools.

Personal history meets public housing through the stories of resilience shared in this 83-minute documentary film. When it opened in 1954, the Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project was lauded as a modern solution to urban slums. By the late 1960s, it had become infamous for its poverty, crime, and segregation. In 1972, its dramatic implosion made it an international symbol of urban planning failure. But to its former residents, Pruitt-Igoe was home. Their poignant narratives give this film an unusually personal feel as it explores complex issues and stimulates discussion about the connection between community history and personal history.

Find our more about this event which will be open to the public at no charge on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014.



Salon Sessions

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday & Friday, October 23-24, 2014

Meeting rooms may be reserved for informal sessions. Any attendee with an idea or interesting question to explore may reserve one of these rooms after the conference has begun. Reservation requests, salon announcements, and sign-up sheets will be available at the APH Store. These informal sessions are not planned in advance by APH.

APH Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon

12:15 – 1:30 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014

At the annual meeting of the Association of Personal Historians, Inc., 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.

APH 2013 Annual Conference Business Luncheon
Photo Credit for both of these photos: JJ Idarius
Mary Danielsen given award
for community service.










Special Event — The Lost and Found Project

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014
Join APH President Sarah White for this special event featuring Jeff Phillips, photographer and instigator of the Lost and Found project.

Video Share

8:00 – 10:00 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014
Video biographers will show clips of their personal history productions and participate in a brief discussion afterward. APH member Debbie Brodsky will facilitate so we may view as many clips as possible. Anyone wishing to show work must provide a video clip by October 3. You may share your clip digitally as a .mov or .mp4 file via Dropbox or other FTP method. Clips should be three-four minutes in length, no more than six minutes. You also will need to share production information on a Powerpoint slide sent to you beforehand. Videos will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Please email Debbie Brodsky to coordinate your submission.

Show Me St. Louis Celebration Tour

3:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Click the image to find out about this miniature panorama
Cover design: Char Campbell

The cover of the printed program for the APH 2014 Annual Conference is a miniature panorama depicting the diversity of St. Louis. Conference attendees will be treated to a special tour sponsored by APH on Saturday afternoon. The tour and the dinner at the hotel afterwards are included in the full-time conference registration fee.

The depth and breadth of the Ol' River City will become apparent upon our arrival via chartered motorcoaches at the Missouri History Museum, housed in the Jefferson Memorial. A special exhibit available only this year commemorates in story form the good, bad, or ugly events that gave tone and color to life in St. Louis during its first 250 years. It's actual. It's factual. It's absolutely satisfactual storytelling anchored in the city's history and projecting universal messages on the complexity of human relations. Whether your medium is print, audio, or video, the 250 in 250 exhibit will speak to your interest. After departing the museum, we will visit the Gateway Arch and more... before returning to the hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Farewell Dinner

7:30 – 10:00 pm, Saturday, October 25, 2014
We will celebrate our last evening together with a nice dinner at the hotel and the chance to socialize with new and old friends.

Tales from the Heart

10:30 am – noon, Sunday, October 26, 2014
Ruth Drayer sharing a story with us
Photo Credit: JJ Idarius
Ronda Barrett passing the torch in 2013 to
Peggy Greenwood  Photo Credit: JJ Idarius

A treasured tradition at all APH conferences, this event will conclude our conference on Sunday morning. 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 Liz Abess soon if you're interested in telling your story.

Passing the Torch

noon, Sunday, October 26, 2014
The conference closes after Peggy Greenwood, Program Chair, passes the torch to our next host.


You can view the conference program online or as a stand-alone pdf document » 2014 Conference Advance Program