Each year, the Utah Association of Personal Historians (Utah APH) works as a team throughout the state to build awareness of personal history resources and develop skills in preserving life stories.
During 2011, our team offered workshops and issued a call for stories from the community. The project resulted in the publication of a remarkable anthology of stories by 58 contributors, One World, Many Stories - Seeking Freedom and Dignity, experiences of Utah residents.
At a presentation in the North Logan Library, 2012
Life Story Writing Workshops
The 2012 Utah APH Community Outreach Project offered free workshops and presentations at public libraries in ten Utah counties from Logan to Cedar City.
Project-based Life Story Writing, Paulette's annual workshop series, was held at the Whitmore Library to assist participants recognize the elements of a story and begin the life writing process. Here are a few comments:
* Your class is excellent, motivating, informative, inspiring and FUN! C. Davidson
* You are an amazing presenter. I love your enghusiasm and passion for the subject of writing our personal histories. You have inspired me and given me the confidence that I can do this. The environment was very comfortable, and I felt open to share with the other class members. It was fun to hear other people's stories, and it proved your point that everyone has an interesting story to tell. K. Hales
* I enjoyed the writing exercises and samples of the finished projects you shared with us. It has shown me that people actually do complete a project they can be proud of sharing. A. Eastmond
* Thank YOU for the insights on life story writing! Sharing our writing with the class helped us to learn from ourselves and others. Your handouts were succinct and cogent, excellent reminders of good practices. Your philosphical base was sound, and it was obvious that you have walked the walk, so you were believable. Your enthusiasm for the topic was genuine and obvious. C. Paxman
* Talking with you on the phone and getting personalized comments about what I sent you was very motivational. I don't think I'd be writing anything at all if it weren't for that. D. Langford
Display of childhood memory joggers at Paulette's workshop, March 2012.
Make Your Story Count! Utah APH presented an outstanding personal history conference for the community on November 2-3, 2012 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.
The conference and pre-conference seminar for personal historians was the first of its kind in the nation. Over 100 participants attended from Utah and ten different states. Guest speakers were Mary Tyrrell and Dawn Thurston.
For resource information and news of upcoming workshops and events, visit www.utahaph.blogspot.com.