Anita Hecht

The Founder of Life History Services

Anita Hecht, LCSW, has over ten years of experience as a professional interviewer of individuals, families, and businesses. Anita's credentials include:

  • Over 400 personal, family, and community histories recorded in North America, Europe and Latin America.
  • Trained interviewer of Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg's Visual History Foundation of the Shoah.
  • Clinical social worker and licensed psychotherapist
  • Professional writer and lecturer
  • Fluency in English, Spanish, and German
  • Member, Association of Personal Historians, Board of Directors 1998-2004
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Masters of Science in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
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The following is a partial list of organizations that have engaged Life History Services for public programs, workshops, consultation and oral history services. A speaker’s fee is requested. References are available upon request!

Capitol Centre Apartments, Presentation to Residents

Madison, WI April 2010.

Wisconsin Historical Society, William Proxmire Oral History Project, Lecturer

Madison, WI March 2010.

Wisconsin Historical Society, Independent Oral Historian

Madison, WI, Sept 2008-present.

University of Wisconsin, Guest Lecturer, School of Library Science

Madison, WI, July 2009.

SAIL keynote speaker (Support for Active Independent Lives)

Madison, WI, January 2009.

Cancer Residency Conference, Presenter, University Hospital

Madison, WI, January 2009.

University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse, Guest Scholar & Lecturer

LaCrosse, WI, October 2008.

Great Wisconsin Credit Union, Keynote Speaker

Madison, WI, April 2007.

Alzheimers Association Presentation

Madison, WI, March 2007.

Breakfast Rotary Club, Presentation

Madison, WI, November 2006.

Middleton Public Library, Life Writing Workshop Series

Middleton, WI, July-Sept. 2006.

Senior Summer School, Life History Writing Teacher for Seniors

Madison, WI, July-Aug. 2006.

Middleton Public Library, Presentation

Middleton, WI, July 2005.

Senior Summer School, Life History Writing Teacher for Seniors

Madison, WI, July-August 2005.

Middleton Public Library, Presentation

Middleton, WI, July 2005.

Metastar, Inc., Day Workshop for Nursing Home Staff

Wisconsin Dells, WI, June 2005.

St. John’s Parish, Life Writing Workshop and Presentation

Madison, WI, August 2004.

Senior Summer School, Life History Writing Teacher for Seniors

Madison, WI, June-August, 2004.

Women’s Weekend Writing Workshop, Resident Scholar, JCC of Chicago

Wisconsin Dells, WI, April 2004.

Wisconsin Education Association Trust, Keynote Speaker

Madison, March 2004.

Ageless Endeavors, Life Review and Reminiscence Workshop for Care Providers

Del Mar, CA, February 2004.

Café by the Bay Holocaust Support Group, Presentation

San Francisco, CA, February 2004.

Alumni Association, UW-Madison Lifelong Education Program

Madison, WI, June 2003-Jan. 2004..

Live at 5, WISC TV, Holiday Gift program

Madison, WI, December 2003.

HospiceCare Inc. End of Life Forum, Workshop Presenter

Madison, WI, September 2003.

Warner Park Senior Center

Madison, WI, June 2003.

Regional Workshop of The Association of Personal Historians, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI, June 2003.

Computer Assisted Genealogical Society of Wisconsin


Madison, WI, June 2003

Dane County Commission on Aging

Madison, WI, May 2003.

Aging Matters Radio Program on Life Histories

Madison, WI, January, April 2003.

Lion’s Club of Downtown Madison

Madison, WI, January 2003.

Association of Personal Historians, Inc., Conference Presenter

Vancouver, Can., November 2002.

Friends of Schumacher Farm, Inc.

Waunakee, WI, October 2002.

Coventry Village Retirement Community

Middleton, WI, September 2002

Interviewing Workshop, Living the Legacy Conference 2002

Chicago, IL, June 2002.

Madison Society of Retired Educators

Madison, WI, May 2002.

Wisconsin Laureate Upsilon Chapter

Madison, WI, April 2002.

Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Video History Archive

Solana Beach, CA, April 2002.

Café by the Bay Holocaust Support Group

San Francisco, CA, March 2002.

Meadowmere Assisted Living Residence

Madison, WI, November 2001.

Association of Personal Historians, Annual Conference, Presenter

Tampa, FL, November 2001.

Association on Aging, Annual Conference

Chicago, IL, November 2001.

Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue Sisterhood and Brotherhood

Milwaukee, WI, October 2001.

Institute on Life Review and Reminiscence Annual Conference, Presenter

Chicago, IL, October 2001.

Middleten Glen Retirement Community

Middleton, WI August 2001.

Sauk Gardens Residential Community

Madison, WI August 2001.

Casa de Mañana Retirement Community

La Jolla, CA, February 2001.

La Vida Del Mar Retirement Center

Del Mar, CA, February 2001.

Wesley Palms Residential Community

San Diego, CA, February 2001.

Brighton Garden Retirement Community

Milwaukee, WI, December 2000.

Association of Personal Historians, Annual Conference, Presenter

Dallas, TX, November 2000.

DeWitt, Ross, & Stevens Law Firm

Madison, WI, October 2000.

Peer Support Program, Area Agency on Aging

Madison, WI, October 2000.

Eldercare of Dane County

Madison, WI, May 2000.

Meriter Retirement Center

Madison, WI, May 2000.

Jewish Community Library

San Francisco, CA, April 2000.

Temple Emanu-El Oral History Project

San Francisco, CA, 1998-2000.

Association of Personal Historians, Annual Conference

Chicago, IL, 1999.

Area Agency on Aging of Dane County

Madison, WI, October 1999.

Madison West Rotary Club

Madison, WI, September 1999.

Middleton Rotary Club

Middleton, WI, July 1999.

Attic Angel Association

Madison, WI, June 1999.

East Side Business Men's Association

Madison, WI, May 1999.

Calvary Presbyterian Church, Speaker's Series

San Francisco, CA, April 1999.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, April 1999.

"Café By the Bay" Survivor's Group

San Francisco, CA, January 1999.

Kiwanis Club

Madison, WI, October 1998.

Madison Slide and Movie Club

Middleton, WI, October 1998.

East Madison/Monona Coalition of the AgingCaregiver
Information & Support Group

Madison, WI, August 1998.

The Rossmoor Retirement Community

Walnut Creek, CA, May 1998.

Junior League of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, April 1998.

Blackhawk Country Club

Madison, WI, April 1998.

Hawthorne Elementary School—4th & 5th Grade Workshops

Madison, WI, March 1998.

Monona Senior Center

Monona, WI, March 1998.

Atwood Community Center

Madison, WI, March 1998.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Madison, WI, 1997.

West Side Coalition on Aging

Madison, WI, 1997.

Downtown Madison Senior Center

Madison, WI, October 1997.

The Stratford Retirement Center

San Mateo, CA, April 1997.

The Carlisle Retirement Center

San Francisco, CA, April 1997.

The Sequoias Retirement Center

San Francisco, CA, April 1997.

The Granada, Residential Care

San Francisco, CA, April 1997.

Kiwanis Club of Golden Gate

Daly City, CA, April 1997.

West of Twin Peaks Professional and Executive Association

Daly City, CA, March 1997.