The association's members, myself included, went through a brief period of mourning, then several of its previous members immediately began to think of ways to reorganize in some form and to stay connected - through sharing lists of its members, starting a new Facebook page and LinkedIn group, and even meeting locally with their previous APH colleagues. Change is growth, and sometimes when one door shuts, another door is opened. As I write this, Facebook members are continuing to come up with new ways of networking and helping one another.
Recently, a man interested in a book for a relative contacted me and several other personal historians that he had chosen from our now defunct APH website. He still hasn't made a decision on who will help him with his book, but he wanted everyone he contacted to know that he was extremely impressed by our members, 90% of whom responded to his request for information and several who referred him to other personal historians who might better meet his needs. This didn't surprise me a bit. I am inspired by the determination of my colleagues to rise from the ashes to a new form, so that our mission of helping others tell their stories will be publicized and available to all.
I don't know what our rebirth will look like yet, but I want to do my part. So, if you need a personal historian who lives nearby, let me know and I will do my best to find one for you. I am in Tennessee and am willing to travel, but it might make more sense for someone closer to your state to work with you. Give me a call or email me and I'm sure I can connect you with another personal historian whose mission is also to help you tell the story of your life!