Sylvia Whitman, founder of Share Your Stories


941CEO, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Phoenix, Bride’s, Calliope, Career World, Child Life, Cobblestone, Faces, France Today, Harvard Magazine, Horn Book, Hudson Valley, Human Rights, The Humanist, Inside, Journal of the West, Ladies Home Journal, Law and Order, Los Angeles Times, Louisiana Life, McCall's, Miami Herald, The National Culinary Review, Reader's Digest, The Rotarian, Sarasota Magazine, Seventeen, Sky, Southern Magazine, Spider, Student Lawyer, Tulanian, Venice Magazine, The Writer, Writer's Digest


  • The Milk of Birds (Atheneum, 2013)
  • Under the Ramadan Moon (Albert Whitman, 2008)
  • World Poverty, Global Issues (Facts On File, 2008)
  • Children of the World War II Home Front (Carolrhoda Books, 2001)
  • What’s Cooking? The History of American Food (Lerner Publications, 2001)
  • Immigrant Children (Carolrhoda, 2000) 
  • Frontier Children (Carolrhoda Books, 1998)
  • Get Up and Go: The History of American Road Travel (Lerner Publications, 1996)
  • This Land Is Your Land: The American Conservation Movement (Lerner Publications, 1994)
  • Uncle Sam Wants You: Military Men and Women of World War II (Lerner Publications, 1993)
  • "V” Is for Victory: The American Home Front during World War II (Lerner Publications, 1993)
  • Hernando de Soto and the Explorers of the American South (Chelsea House, 1991)


As a reader, writer, editor, and college instructor, I have been rounding up stories for as long as I can remember.  

Some of the most important stories come straight from real life. You can write your own, but not everyone has the time or inclination. I founded Share Your Stories to offer my expertise: think of me as a midwife. You have a story to tell, and my job as a personal historian is to help you deliver it. 

In your voice.  For your audience.  As your legacy.

I encourage you to browse the website of the Association of Personal Historians (APH), which guides my practice. I follow the APH code of ethics.

APH gives an overview of personal history--what it is and why people create it.The association also offers tips to prepare you for the journey back into your own life.

As APH advises, chat with any personal historian you're thinking of hiring. I need to understand your goals, and you, or whoever is being interviewed, need to feel that I will be a skillful steward of your story.


  • "Peace Corps Tunisia: A Study in Cross-Cultural Encounters," graduate thesis in Arab studies, Georgetown University (2006)

  • "The American Nanny and her Charges," undergraduate thesis in folklore and mythology, Harvard/Radcliffe College (1984)

  • "Folklife in Rural Iowa," member of Earthwatch expedition, Iowa Historical Society (1978)