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Program Highlights (2016)

APH Annual Conference 2016 · Kick It Up

Registration Desk/APH Store

Check in at the Registration Desk in the ballroom lobby from 3:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday to register and pick up conference materials. The APH Store will open for business Monday morning and remain open throughout the conference for late registration. Copies of APH educational materials are available in the store, as well as a rich selection of books and materials from our speakers, presenters, and attendees. The APH Store is also where you can pick up information about Fort Worth, sign up for Speed Coaching and Salon Sessions, or place orders for downloadable recordings of conference workshops.

Reigstrants eagerly participate in the Conference Orientation session that follows registration.

Conference Orientation

5:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday, October 23, 2016

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 details about the conference and offer tips on how to get the most out of your membership.

Welcome Reception

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Sunday, October 23, 2016

Join Conference Program Chair Martha Humphries and the APH Board for a welcome reception. Light hors d'oeuvres, beer, sodas, and wine will be served. Don't miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with old friends, make new friends, and relax before the conference excitement begins.

Salon Sessions

7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday, October 24, 2016

Any attendee with an idea or interesting question to explore may request to reserve a meeting room for an informal session. These are not planned in advance by APH. Reservation requests, salon announcements, and sign-up sheets will be available at the APH Store; available space is limited.

Video Share

8:00 – 10:00 pm, Monday, October 24, 2016
Video biographers will show clips of their personal history productions and participate in a brief discussion afterward. APH member Bob Karstens will facilitate. Anyone wishing to show work must provide a video clip by October 1. Please note: To be included, submissions 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. Email Bob Karstens to coordinate your submission. Submissions accepted in the order in which they are received.

APH Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon

12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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.

It's Complicated: Handling Tricky Project Relationships

2:15-3:45 pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
We all have great clients who appreciate our passion for what we do, rave about our work, pay on time, and often become close friends. But then there are the other clients—the problem clients—the ones who are never happy no matter how hard you work, who constantly complain about the cost, and never pay on time. It's the complex personalities and confusing relationship issues that make a project difficult or that may even bring it to a grinding and permanent halt. A panel of experienced personal historians who have "seen it all" will describe how they handled those challenges.

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Oral Fixation:
An Obsession with True Life Tales

A Free Public Event
6:30 – 10:00 pm, Tuesday, October 25

Our public event this year features Oral Fixation, a live storytelling series in Dallas, with a mission to bring the community together through sharing true personal stories. The stories are curated and edited by Nicole Stewart, a native of Dallas, who fervently believes in the power of storytelling. Besides producing Oral Fixation, Nicole also teaches "Storytelling for the Stage" for Southern Methodist University's continuing education program The Writer's Path. Oral Fixation has been described as essentially memoirs on stage. Each season, Nicole announces the themes and solicits personal stories relating to each theme from the general public. From the submissions, she selects a variety of points of view (different ages, genders, races, socioeconomic backgrounds) to create an hour-long evening of storytelling that takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Nicole and her crew will present the best of season five for APH conference attendees and the general public. The themes explored during the evening will include Partners in Crime, Pulling Teeth, and Icing on the Cake.

Boots & Barbecue Dinner

7:00 – 10:00 pm, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Be sure to pack your Western attire for the special Wednesday night event. Plans are in the works for an authentic Texas-style evening of good food (Can you say barbecue?), great music, and entertainment. It will be a great chance for everyone to soak up the Texas atmosphere, try out those new cowboy boots, and bring out their inner cowboy or cowgirl.

Tales from the Heart

10:30 am – noon, Thursday, October 27, 2016

A treasured tradition at all APH conferences, this event will conclude our conference. Preceding the Passing of the Torch ceremony, personal historians will share their own stories or those of their favorite clients. Your soul will return home richer for the experience. Participation is limited due to time constraints, and participants will be accepted on a first come, first-served basis. Email the conference team if you're interested in telling your story.

Passing the Torch

noon, Thursday, October 27, 2016
The conference closes after Martha Humphries, Program Chair, passes the torch to Lori Nelson, Program Chair for our 2017 conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Have questions?
Email Martha Humphries, Conference Program Chair


You can view the conference program online or as a stand-alone pdf document » 2016 Conference Advance Print Program