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Program Highlights (2015)

APH 20th Anniversary Conference · Cultivate & Thrive

Name tags on the registration desk at a prior APH Conference. 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, including an insightful 20th Anniversary History of APH. 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 Sacramento, sign up for Speed Coaching and Salon Sessions, or place orders for downloadable recordings of conference workshops.

Conference Orientation

5:00 – 6:00 pm, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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 21, 2015

Join Conference Program Chair Liz Abess and the APH Board for a welcome reception in the Grand Ballroom. Light hors d'oeuvres, beer, sodas, and wine will be served. Don't miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with old and new friends as we launch our 20th anniversary conference. New this year! Bring a photo (4x6 or smaller) of yourself at age twenty or thereabouts, and we'll have some fun with it.

Salon Sessions

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday & Friday, October 22-23, 2015

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.

Charlie Chin Photo Credit: ???

Honoring Our Country's Chinese Heritage

A Free Public Event
6:30 – 10:00 pm, Thursday, October 22, 2015

To heighten our members' and the public's awareness about the contributions of the Chinese who came to America as contract workers in the early 1800s to work on the transcontinental railroad, APH, through the sponsorship of Lynne Choy Uyeda, has invited Charlie Chin, Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco's Chinese Historical Society, to present a program on the subject. Following a brief film about the Chinese workers' experiences, Chin will take on the persona of a Chinese railroad worker to provide an entertaining history lesson. Historian, storyteller, and musician, Chin has been at the forefront of Asian American artistic expression since 1970. Conference attendees will meet local audience members and discuss the field of personal history during the first hour. Performance followed by Q&A session.

APH Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon

12:30 – 1:45 pm, Friday, October 23, 2015
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.

Pearls of Wisdom, Wonder & Blunders

2:00 – 3:30 pm, Friday, October 23, 2015
It may look as though veteran APH members have their act together, and they often do. However, they still struggle and still remember clearly what it was like in the early days of their careers. In celebration of our organization's twentieth anniversary, several longtime APHers will spill the beans-that is the pearls about what's worked, what hasn't, and why. We may all be in for a few surprises at this very special event led by veteran member Laura Blumenthal.

Video Share

8:00 – 10:00 pm, Friday, October 23, 2015
Video biographers will show clips of their personal history productions and participate in a brief discussion afterward. APH member April Bell will facilitate. Anyone wishing to show work must provide a video clip, and you must have all rights cleared, including music and photos. You may share your clip digitally as a .mov or .mp4 file via Dropbox or other FTP method. Clips should be 3-4 minutes in length, no more than 6 minutes. You also will need to share production information on a Powerpoint slide sent to you beforehand. Video clips will be accepted in the order in which they are received. To coordinate and submit your video clip, email April Bell and have all materials submitted no later than the deadline, October 1.

Special Interest Meetings

7:00 – 8:30 pm, Friday, October 23, 2015
Cultivate an Active Local APH Chapter — Emily Garcia, Aura Lee Loveland
Add value to your membership by starting or revitalizing a local chapter. Learn effective strategies for creating and maintaining an active and engaged group. Emily and Aura Lee will explain how to best meet initial and long-term challenges.
Personal Historians as Immigrant Allies — Gabriela Flora, James Walsh
Imagine your skills being used for the empowerment of marginalized communities. Gabriela Flora, a nationally known immigrant rights advocate, and of James Walsh, a University of Colorado history professor, will provide a framework to demonstrate your role in fostering social change. View digital stories told by immigrants and learn how they enhance immigrant rights as well as larger policy and legislative issues.

APH 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

7:00 – 10:00 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2015
James Walsh speaking at 2009 Conference
Photo Credit: Brina Bolanz
After enjoying a traditional farm-to-fork dinner featuring fresh local produce, a wine-tasting event, and sharing a special anniversary cake, attendees will hear from James Walsh, APH's unofficial historian since 2002. A thoroughly non-traditional professor at the University of Colorado, James brings history to life with story and performance told through the lens of those who did not enjoy political, economic, or social privilege. He founded the Romero Theater Troupe in Denver to offer access to a people's history of Colorado, and they received the NEA's 2015 Cesar Chavez Human & Civil Rights Award. James will share some of the troupe's experiences and explore the human connection to storytelling as it relates to the history and work of APH. Join us for this exciting event and return home with a commemorative APH 20th Anniversary wine glass as a memento. (Business casual attire)

Tales from the Heart with a Guided Autobiography Twist

10:30 am – noon, Sunday, October 25, 2015

A treasured tradition at all APH conferences, Tales from the Heart will have a slightly different look this year. Preceding the Passing of the Torch ceremony, personal historians will share their stories as usual, but you also will hear from APH graduates of the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies using the Guided Autobiography storytelling concept of viewing one's life through major life themes. Participation is limited due to time constraints, so if you're interested in telling your story, email Paula Yost, Events Manager, soon!

Liz Abess at the podium (2014)
Photo Credit: Fran Morley

Passing the Torch

noon, Sunday, October 26, 2015
The conference closes after Liz Abess, Program Chair, passes the torch to our next host.

The next Program Chair and host city will be announced at the conference.

Have questions?
Email Liz Salamy Abess, Conference Program Chair


You can view the conference program online or as a stand-alone pdf document » 2015 Conference Advance Print Program