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Prior APH Conferences

   Liz Abess, Conference Program Chair 2015, passing the torch to Martha Humpfries, Conference Program Chair 2016
   Photo credit: Fran Morley

Conference 2015 Program Highlights

  • Program Chair: Liz Abess
  • Location & Date: Sacramento, California   •   October 21-25, 2015
  • Theme: Cultivate & Thrive
Keynote Speakers
  • Andy Anderson, Ph.D. — Wells Fargo Exec VP and Chief Historian
  • Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. — Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Documenting Social Injustice
  • Chris Enss — New York Times Bestselling Author, Scriptwriter, and Comedienne
Conference Photo Gallery for 2015 not yet available


Conference 2014 Program Highlights

  • Program Chair: Peggy Greenwood
  • Location & Date: St. Louis, Missouri USA   •   October 22-26, 2014
  • Theme: Believe It...Achieve It
Keynote Speakers
  • Henry "Hank" Greenspan, Ph.D. — Psychologist & Playwright, author of REMNANTS.
  • Steve Luxenberg — author of Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret.
  • Qais Akbar Omar — author of "A Fort of Nine Towers".
Conference 2014 Photo Gallery
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Conference 2013 Program Highlights

  • Program Chair: Ronda Barrett
  • Location & Date: Washington, DC   •   November 08-12, 2013
  • Theme: Capital Reflections
Keynote Speakers
  • Steve Young — PBS Producer
  • Grace Guggenheim — Oscar Winner Past is Prologue
  • Steve Roberts — New York Times Best Selling Author
Conference Photo Gallery for 2013
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Conference 2012 Program Highlights

  • Program Chair: Mary Harrison
  • Location & Date: St. Louis, Missouri   •   October 17-21, 2012
  • Theme: Turning Points
Keynote Speakers
  • Ruth Ann Hager — genealogist & author of Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story
  • Lynne Jackson — founder/president of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
  • Suzanne Doyle — founder of LUMINA Life Review and Legacy
  • Jason Womack — productivity expert and author of Your Best Just Got Better
  • Haliday Douglas — producer of award-winning documentary The Experiences That Shaped Us: The Story Behind the Documentary
Conference Photo Gallery for 2012
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Conference 2011 Program Highlights

  • Program Chair: Barbara Tabach
  • Location & Date: Las Vegas, Nevada   •   October 16-21, 2011
  • Theme: Expanding Horizons
Keynote Speakers
  • Nikki Silva — Peabody award-winning producer of NPR Hidden Kitchens
  • Mike Green, Ph.D. — professor, blogger, and author of The Families That Built Las Vegas
  • Oksana Marafiotti — author of American Gypsy, will describe the road from Latvia to America.
  • Ben Patton — documnetary filmaker, grandson of World War II General George S. Patton, and author of Growing up Patton
Conference Photo Gallery for 2011
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Conference 2010 Program Highlights

  • Program Chair: Pattie Whitehouse
  • Location & Date: Victoria, BC Canada   •   November 03-07, 2010
  • Theme: Voice of the Elders
Keynote Speakers
  • John Elliott — awarded an honorary doctorate in Natural Law by the Maharishi University of Management in recognition of his work on the connection between traditional language and nature.
  • Jeffrey Webster — past president of the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review, co-editor of two books on reminiscence.
  • Rob Budd — audio-visual curator and audio preservationist for B.C.'s Provincial Archives, and author of Voices of British Columbia
Conference Photo Gallery for 2010
View the 2010 Conference Album as a slideshow or see them all in a glance.


The earliest gathering of personal historians took place in 1995 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Twenty people gathered and were excited to be sharing experiences and information instead of inventing a new process and product on their own.

Two years later, those numbers doubled and events started taking place around the nation. APH will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at the next conference in October, 2015. Please join us.