Prevention is the cure

Protect Your Photos before a Natural Disaster

Texas. Florida. Puerto Rico. California. Nebraska. There have been far too many recent examples of massive storms with massive casualties, including precious family photo collections. However, you don’t need a large-scale natural disaster to have water-damaged photos. Even a leaky pipe or an overflowing bathtub can wreak havoc on those images we hold so dear. […]

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Distinguished Detroiters

The Barthwell Family History Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans shared with us the many accomplishments of her family members despite the racial adversity they faced. Read her story below. Gladys and Sidney Barthwell with Akosua and Sid as children My family has always been a very important part of me. I was fortunate to grow up […]

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Viewing Photos Sparks Joy

4 Ways to Enjoy Your Photos Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, admits that the process of sorting photos with her family was the project that brought her the most joy. She highly recommends viewing pictures together as a family to encourage story-telling. Even the expert of […]

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From the Audience Chair

Joanne Iwinski Miller gives you an inside look behind-the-scenes at WGCU Family Pictures USA Fort Myers event and taping was a smash hit with everyone that attended. Hi, My name is Joanne Iwinski Miller and am proud to be part of this new fabulous show that will air in August on PBS just by being […]

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Family Photos and the Spirit of Juneteenth

On June 19th we celebrate Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the end of slavery and official emancipation of all slaves across the U.S. Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, the news that they were a free people didn’t reach the 250,000 enslaved African-Americans in Texas until nearly three years later. Galveston, […]

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Pictures of Love: Celebrating Loving Day

On June 12th, we celebrate National Loving Day. Loving Day is an annual celebration that commemorates the 1967 Loving v Virginia Supreme Court Decision that struck down anti-miscegenation laws, making restrictions on interracial marriages illegal across the country. For this monumental moment in history, we can thank Mildred & Richard Loving. Mildred Jeter was a […]

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Ausby Family

A Look Back in Time

My Halifax Family Story We traveled to the historic Rocky Mount Mills in North Carolina to collect local family photographs and stories with our local partner UNC-TV for our new PBS television series, Family Pictures USA. Through our photo-shares, we uncovered fascinating stories about the people and places that make up their community. We met one family – the Ausby […]

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APPO Members

We Are a People of Stories

Wisdom on Saving Your Photos Left to right: APPO Members Danielle Studer, Signe Pagel, Kristen Goodman, and Cathi Nelson. We are just finishing up the filming of our second television episode of Family Pictures USA with our incredible host Thomas Allen Harris! We’ve enjoyed working with WGCU Public Media in Southwest Florida and have been meeting so many amazing […]

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