Interview you, record your responses, and edit your memories, stories, and observations into a flowing narrative or video.
Organize, edit, and print a story that's already been written. A personal historian can also help by adding photos and captions, conducting interviews to clarify passages or find missing information, designing the book, and working with a printer.
Conduct research to add background and context to the stories you want to tell.
Edit, copy, transcribe, or convert your audio tapes, home movies, or video tapes into the most current media formats.
Create art that reflects a person's life, such as a photo montage, a scrapbook, an illustrated poster, a handmade book, or a designer quilt.
Community history. A personal historian can:
Collect and weave together the stories and experiences of groups such as war veterans, community elders, trauma survivors, hospice residents, or members of civic, ethnic, or religious groups.
Manage large history projects for businesses or organizations, doing interviews, conducting research, writing the final narrative, and overseeing production.
Preservation and Archiving. A personal historian can:
Work with old photos and memorabilia, to preserve and restore the originals and create copies that can be used in various forms of personal history.
Work with libraries, universities, and historical societies to preserve the history of a special person or organization.
Teaching and Coaching. A personal historian can:
Lead life story writing groups that help participants tell their own stories.
Work with you as a project planner, coaching you through the process of creating your own personal history.
Teach you how to:
interview relatives and record and edit their stories
write your own (or your family's) life story
write an ethical will or legacy letter (expressing your values, hopes, and wishes for the next generation)