HistoryCrafters Turning Your Heirlooms Into Stories and Your Stories Into Heirlooms

Presentations & Workshops

Personal and Family History

  • Hennepin County Branch Libraries (Brooklyn Park and Hopkins, MN), December 2016
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies (Springfield, IL), September 2016
  • Czechoslovakian Genealogical Society (St. Paul, MN), August 2016
  • RootsTech conference (Salt Lake City, UT), February 2016
  • MN Historical Society, family history conference, St. Paul, MN, "Adding Leaves and Flowers to the Branches of Your Family Tree," September 2015
  • Hennepin County Central Library (Minneapolis, MN), "Writing Family Stories," April 2015
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies and RootsTech joint conference (Salt Lake City UT), "Interviewing Grandma" and "Be the Ancestor You Wish You'd Had," February 2015
  • Association of Personal Historians, workshops at annual conferences, Grand Rapids (MI, 2005), Portland (OR, 2006), Nashville (TN, 2007), Salt Lake City (UT, 2008), Philadelphia (PA, 2009), Victoria (British Columbia, 2010), Las Vegas (NV, 2011), St. Louis (MO, 2012 and 2014), Bethesda (MD, 2013), Sacramento (CA, 2015)
  • Hennepin County Central Library (Minneapolis, MN), annual Family History Fair,  2008, 2011,  2013, 2015
  • Online webinars ("Antiques Roadshow in Your Own Home," "Graphic Design for Writers," "Starting a Personal History Business"), Spring 2011
  • Freeborn County Museum, Library & Historical Village (Albert Lea, MN), "Antiques Roadshow In Your Own Home," August 2010
  • Other family history and memoir presentations: Southwest Senior Center (Minneapolis, MN, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014), Fountains of Hosanna (Bloomington, MN, 2014), Village Shores Senior Center (Richfield, MN, 2013), Walker Place Independent Living (Minneapolis, MN, 2012), Edina Professionals Serving Seniors (Edina, MN, 2011), WEST Networking (Bloomington, MN, 2010), RSES Auxiliary (Bloomington, MN, 2009), Edina Federated Women's Club (Edina, MN, 2009), Audubon Center of the North Woods (Sandstone, MN, 2008), Presbyterian Home (Bloomington, MN, 2006), GotStories (Mall of America, Bloomington, MN, 2005)


  • MN Genealogical Society, "Voila! A Book" and "Organizing Your Family History," September 2015
  • MN Genealogical Society, "Write the Family History? Who Me? I'm Not a Writer!" April 2015
  • Association of Professional Genealogists, "Careers in Genealogy: Personal History," January 2015
  • German Genealogical Society (St. Paul, MN), workshop, August 2014
  • National Genealogical Society, annual family history conference, May 2013 and May 2014
  • MN Genealogical Society (St. Paul, MN), several workshops, March 2010, October 2012, April 2013, October 2013, April 2014, October 2014
  • Northern Waters Genealogical Society (Boulder Junction, WI), July 2014
  • Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, annual Gene-A-Rama conference, Wausau, WI, "The Minnesota Genealogical Society Library and Research Center: Not Just for Minnesotans," April 2013
  • MN Genealogical Society (St. Paul, MN), workshops for Swedish, German, and Pommern research groups, 2008-2010, 2014
  • Prior to 2012: MN Genealogical Society (three workshops, two webinars), St. Croix Valley (WI) Genealogical Society (one workshop), 3M Genealogy Club (two workshops), Minneapolis Visitor & Convention Bureau (two events for family reunion planners), Olmsted County (Rochester, MN) Genealogical Society (one workshop)

Quaker Presentations

  • Minnesota Genealogical Society, "Quaker Research Techniques," (October 2011)
  • Minneapolis Friends Meeting (Minneapolis, MN), Sesquicentennial Celebration keynote speaker, 2005
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation, served as presenter and as Spanish-English interpreter at international gatherings in Kenya (1991) and Mexico (1985)

Business Planning

  • "Introduction to Webinars," online for members of the Association of Personal Historians, February and March 2012
  • "Keeping Your Projects Under Control: Managing Clients and Workflow," online webinar, August 2011 and January 2014
  • "Organizing Your Business with Spreadsheets," online webinar, August 2011

Community Events

  • Women's Endowment Luncheon (Albert Lea, MN), keynote address on "Community Jewels: The most precious jewels are not found under the earth, they are discovered among us," September 2010

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