Personal History books

Getting the Conversation Going: 101 Essential Questions for Your Personal Family HistoryEver wonder what things were like when Uncle Billy and Grandma Marie were growing up? You’ll never know until you ask them. The 101 essential questions in this book will get you started — whether you interview family members or record your own life for others.Take this book with you wherever you go and write answers and notes beside the questions as you ask them (or consider them yourself).Order a copy of Getting the Conversation Going … for every family member you want to interview. Just $19.95 each, including shipping in the United States.

June Kjome: The making of an old lady activistJustice: Not Just Us
June Kjome: the making
of an old lady activist

By Susan T. Hessel and Gayda Hollnagel

At age 90, the much-admired peace and justice advocate June Kjome is ?ready to protest, hold vigils and advocate for issues important to her. This self-proclaimed old-lady activist knows how to organize and contact legislators to get things done. Her grace while aging is to be? admired.

Get ready to be inspired.  Buy a copy of Justice: Not Just Us for $25.95, including shipping. 


Story of Evelyn Hartley's kidnappingWhere’s Evelyn?

By: Susan T. Hessel

La Crosse, Wisconsin was an innocent small community in 1953. Equally innocent was bright, young babysitter Evelyn Hartley. But, someone came in and snatched her while she was baby-sitting and she was never seen again.

This story still haunts La Crosse sixty years later, with just about everyone holding a theory about what happened to her or a story about how they were affected by her disappearance and presumed murder.

There was no CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News then. In fact, La Crosse did not even have its own TV station. Still, the national media descended on the city just like they do today. This book includes crime scene photos and newspaper articles during the time when the issue was still hot.

Want your copy of Where’s Evelyn? The book is available for $24.95, including shipping. It’s easy with Paypal.

My Words Are Gonna Linger The Art of Personal HistoryA book to inspire your own personal history!

If you ever wondered whether you have a story to tell, I have a book for you! This anthology, published by the Association of Personal Historians, includes inspiring stories of ordinary people.

I was honored to be included in this anthology of personal history stories with one I wrote about Courtney, a wonderful young woman who graduated from La Crosse Logan High School.

Even more than that, I was inspired by each and every story in that book, which is broken down into these parts:

  • Why Create a Personal History?
  • Putting the Pieces Together
  • The Many Faces of Personal History

You’ll read wide ranging people, such as a descendant of slaves, a Holocaust survivor, a middle aged woman describing a coming of age experience in her life, a Japanese-American who lived through internment during World War II the stories of low income and homeless people, children honoring a parent and much much more.

As Mark Twain once said, “There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest interior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy.”

Or as Tristine Rainer, author of Your Life as Story said of this anthology, it “sings with Walt Whitman’s spirit of democracy, a celebration of our diversity. Each selection is a song of self; some have perfect pitch; some the waver of authenticity. All demonstrate the power of the work to salvage, from the onrush of life, nuggets worth saving.”

Order My Words Are Gonna Linger for $19.95, including shipping.