Tributes & Video Biographies
Sharing Life Stories, Connecting Generations, Preserving Legacies

From Nashville – It’s the lovin’ of the game

I am writing this post from my hotel room in Franklin Tennessee, just outside Nashville, where I am attending the Association of Personal Historians annual conference. I’ve just wrapped up a whirlwind day of workshops, networking, video shares, personal storytelling in the hallways and the usual conference buzz of mediocre hotel food, strange mattress, etc. This is the first APH conference I’ve attended after joining the summer of 2006.

It’s been fascinating to watch so many people that are doing similar work to what we’re doing at Legacy. We are all historians on a mission, documenting lives and stories, one person at a time. We come from all walks of life and for most of us, this is a second, third, maybe fourth career. Some of us are seasoned veterans, working in film, broadcasting, radio and publication for 20+ years. Others are in varying stages of gaining mastery over their craft; slowly and eagerly learning to overcome the areas of our businesses that stand in the way of greatness while continuing to hone those skills that make us exceptional at what we do. Many are here in an inquiry; is this their next career? Is being a personal historian an occupation where they can find fulfillment and support themselves?

But we all share a mutual passion; the passion for the great story, and a love affair with the art of coaxing that story out of our clients. I see the passion in their eyes as they talk about their work, share their books and videos and provide presentations to the other participants. When we are at our respective works and we’ve managed to capture that story and it comes out in a way that leaves others touched and moved, there is no greater victory for us.

What is a story worth to you or to your loved ones? I can only tell you what it’s worth to us. By the look in most of the eyes here at the conference, it’s priceless.

 

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

 

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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