Paulette F. Stevenshas a degree in English and history from the University of Utah. She is a writer, journalist, community organizer and teacher, as well as the proud mother of seven children and nine grandchildren.
From years of experience, Paulette realizes how validating and life affirming it is for people to talk about the important moments of their lives.
This enterprise brings together her love for people, her respect for each unique perspective and regard for an engaging, beautifully crafted history.
Paulette is an active member of the Association of Personal Historians (APH), a professional trade organization. She has attended annual conferences since 2003, most recently in Victoria, Canada, Las Vegas, Nevada and St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2008, she served as the conference program chairman for an excellent APH Conference in Salt Lake City. The experience motivated her to initiate community workshops and organize theUtah Association of Personal Historians (Utah APH)to build awareness of personal history resources in the community.
Paulette is the founder of the Life Story Library Foundation, an independent nonprofit corporation established with the State of Utah in March 2012. For more information on this exciting project, visit the website as it evolves at www.lifestorylibrary.org.
Since 2003, The Personal Historian has served clients in four western states and published over 48 personal and family histories. Working directly with Paulette are Amy Ferrin (layout designer) andBrian Flandro(webmaster).
Meet Our Excellent Publishers
Don Hancock running the new Xerox press, 2011
Family Heritage Publishers, a division of Utah Bookbinding Company in Salt Lake City, has over 50 years of experience in the binding and publication of fine, library-quality books.
The company utilizes a top-of-the-line Xerox 1000 dry ink toner press, "velvet" acid-free paper and world class binding techniques. This is the only facility in the Inter-mountain West capable of publishing such high quality books for such a reasonable price. We are delighted with the excellent results -- and so are our clients!
How Does the Process Work?
Personalized serviceis the hallmark of The Personal Historian. Our goal is to enhance the value of the experience, simplify the process and prepare excellent life stories.
The process beginswith a careful evaluation to determine the project parameters and what the client desires to complete a meaningful memoir. Special travel arrangements, timing considerations and the cost of services are agreed upon at this time. A deposit of $100 solidifies the arrangements.
The standard fee for services is $35 per billable hour, payable on a monthly basis.
Typically,personal interviews are conducted by the historian in the comfort and privacy of home, where memorabilia is close at hand and families can become involved.
The production team designs the layout of the book pages to reflect the individuality of the client. After the family approves the final document, it is professionally printed, bound and delivered according to customer specifications.
A personal history is the gift of a lifetime!
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