Friday, May 16, 2014

Show and Tells Celebrate Personal History Awareness Month in May

“I made this T-shirt,” begins Beverly, “after the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. I had an arm in a cast but was pulling others out of the debris. It says, “California: Fire, Flood, Shake and Bake!”

“Here’s the footstool I made for my mother at Central High School in Murfreesboro. This is the medal I won for Best Student in the manual program there. I still have the dresser that I made, shown in this picture,” beams 98-year-old Thomas.

And so the stories start. To increase awareness of the importance of preserving and sharing personal history, the Association of Personal Historians (APH) members are hosting “Show & Tell” events. A grown-up version of grade school’s Show & Tell, people bring an old photo, letter, memento, a treasured personal item or even an ancient artifact to “show and tell” the stories behind the items.

Show and Tells in the Nashville, Tennessee area can be found on the Events page at For other locations use the national website, event page, and check Show & Tells.

APHers aim to spread the conviction that every person, family, community, and organization has a story worthy of being recorded and preserved. The APH’s motto is
“Yes, it’s time – Time to tell the story of your life.”

Submitted by Deborah Wilbrink, a personal historian and a Writer In the Sky. Contact Deborah:

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