For more than twenty-three years, Life Stories Company has been helping clients document and preserve their story. Such a timeless treasure will educate, motivate, and inspire many generations to come.
We believe everyone has a story to tell, and we are passionate about the need for inter-generational social exchange—passing on our knowledge, character qualities, values, faith, and life-lessons for generations to come for the betterment of our nation, communities, and families. Much of this is accomplished through the stories we choose to tell and the words and wisdom we leave behind.
Whether you are interested in a Private Memoir, a Family History Book, or a Company History Book, our team of highly skilled professionals is prepared to assist you.
You may think this requires a lot of time on your part. It does not! And it’s so much fun reminiscing about the past and discussing hopes for the future. These books become cherished possessions, prized testaments to a family’s or company’s legacy, and a means for important stories to be told and re-told as the years pass by.
How can we help you tell your story?
I just received the books. They look great!
You did a fine job, and I thank you for all your efforts and professionalism.
I am very pleased and it was fun working with you.
Joe T. Ford
I want to thank you for all your efforts in completing my memoir!
Your skills at interviewing and writing were very impressive. I was particularly appreciative of you "getting it right", the first time.
As well, thanks for your patience during our journey.
I will highly recommend you to others interested in your services.
Mark E. Speese
Look what we did!
The 300 I ordered have been read by family and friends.
All were extremely enlightened…and very pleased, as am I.
As you know, having you write my biography was a gift to me from my son, Scott. Initially, I was skeptical about the 'project', the time it would demand, and this unknown author (namely you). However, once we met and got into it, I realized that, while the interview sessions were time consuming, your enthusiasm and prompting kept things moving and enjoyable. It took me back years and still makes me smile to think about it. The book was truly a wonderful gift for me as I reflected on my life, and for our grandchildren, but many of our good friends have insisted on reading it too and enjoyed finding out things they didn't know about my past. In addition, both my wife Adrienne, and I enjoyed meeting you; and, as you recall, we managed to have a few laughs together along the way. I never expected that I would remember as much of my past as I did, but your prompting questions made that possible. I was also totally surprised that we were able to include so many pictures in the finished product. I would recommend you to others without hesitation, and have already done so to some friends. Keep up the good work, it's really worth doing and is a 'special event'!
To Whom It May Concern:
Since you are reading this letter, I am assuming you are thinking about having Chad Harbour write a memoir for you. Based upon my experience with him, my recommendation would be to hire him as soon as possible.
Chad is an excellent writer, he is fun to work with, and he helps you to remember things you have long since forgotten.
He is also very patient with clients like me who just keep adding stuff.
Finally the memoir is done! Just got it and it’s amazing! I am so pleased and want to tell you what a wonderful job you did.It was a great pleasure working with you and now I know why my friend Bart recommended you to me!
You’re a gem!
Received the book and make a few minor changes along with adding the genealogy piece.
Very pleased with the work completed.
You were very easy to work with and I enjoyed telling all my stories and sharing all my photographs for the book.
What a fun time we had!
I’m thrilled with the book! It’s such a treasure for our family.I can’t thank you enough for your patience and professionalism.I will tell all about you and how wonderful the process was…and how much fun!
You’re the best!
I LOVE my father’s memoir!!
I also know my parents truly enjoyed working on this project with you!
You did a great job!
It really is amazing that you captured so many stories, memories and musings of his life….many, many I did not know about! It was so fun to read.
Keep up the great work.
It was a lucky day that we found out about you. My sister and I had wanted to get our mother’s story down on paper for a long time, and now we have it. It was such a pleasure to work with you. I appreciated your availability at different hours of the day and evenings, your very real abilities and above all your patience.
I am so pleased with the outcome and look forward to sharing it with family and friends in the years to come. I know they will enjoy it too!
Thank you so very much.
A Very Satisfied Customer
Just wanted to express my thanks for your work in completing my father’s memoir. What a story and you brought it to life!
Great job and so thankful you were recommended to me.
At first when my son mentioned this to me I was really not sure I wanted to do this. But my son kept encouraging me. I delayed this process because I wanted to gather all my pictures my life story, prior to starting this engagement and to have my dates and timeline organized. But, my son told that he saw you, Chad, the other day and the Lord told him we needed to get this done now. So I thought I would start getting my things organized, thinking I had few months before we would be begin. But, I was praying about it but some story came to me and I asked the Lord if this was the right time and to let me know and guide me. I was still waiting for the response when my son called me, and told me that you were at the airport in Cody, Wyoming waiting to be picked up! I asked him “Today? Now?” I guess that the Lord gave me my answer!
It has been challenging, taxing on my brain, but very good for me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m very glad we did thing and can’t wait to see my book!
I think that many people, as they get older, may not wish to do this as they think having a life story is for themselves. Actually, it’s not for me. It may be about me but I believe that it is for my children, grandchildren and for generations to come as my life is to glorifying the Lord and now I can somehow pass this on to my family.
Thanks for all your hard word and professionalism.
You’re the best!
Wow! What a fantastic job you did!
It’s truly a family heirloom and something our family will treasure for generations!
You were so easy to work with and so professional.
Next up, our company history book!
Again, thanks for all you do.
Many thanks for the wonderful memoir completed for my husband. The family is so thankful to have his story now written down.
You did a great job and we are all very pleased.
I would like to thank you for the life story you completed for my father. When I first thought about it, I was skeptical. I wondered how long it would take, could my father think up enough things to say etc. But now that I have been through the process, I can't tell you how glad I am that I did it! You make it so easy!
Your excitement about the project, your interviewing skills, patience, staying focused, and professionalism are truly great!
I am so glad I found you! My only regret is that I did not know about you before the death of my Uncle Jake. What a story he would have had! Thanks again so much for helping me get such a "Wonderful Life" story to be handed down for generations to come! It was a pleasure doing business with you!
R.S. and Family
During the engagement R.S (Son) wrote this:
I couldn't believe it when my father said he spent approx. 1 1/2 hours with you and enjoyed it! He said you were a pleasure and couldn't have been more comfortable.
When I was first approached about having Chad Harbour write my life story I began to wonder if I could really remember many of the events from so long ago. Chad put me at ease immediately and by way of the questions he would ask, memories came flooding back. Though he came organized and prepared to walk me through the chapters of my life, he was flexible and open to an approach that more suited my story-telling style. Chad’s focus was on making sure I, the subject of the book, was pleased with the results. He is thorough and challenged me to recall even the smallest of details that would bring my story to life. In this way Chad helped weave a tapestry rich in color and substance in what otherwise seemed a very ordinary tale. I was fortunate to have saved many pictures and mementos over the years, many of which Chad copied for inclusion in the book.
I appreciated the attentiveness and persistence of Chad’s approach to the project to assure that there would be good value to the effort. No matter the paths your life’s journey may have taken, Chad can help put it together in a way that your loved ones and friends will find an interesting read. I highly recommend Chad and would encourage anyone who might wish to leave a lasting legacy to seriously consider engaging his services.
After sitting down with you and watching you during your interview sessions with my father, I was amazed at the stories you were able to capture during these sessions. It was so enjoyable to hear the stories I never knew about! I laughed at times, was amazed at times and came away from it all saying “Wow!”
I appreciate your passion and expertise in capturing my father’s life story. Your kindness and caring during the process was simply amazing. You are truly a gifted professional in writing life stories.
I would wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone wishing to do the same.
Just got the book. Wow! I was so impressed!
So glad I did this and thanks for hanging in their with me.
It was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the interviews and working with you.
You have a great talent and masterful at what you do.
From article Enjoying Every Step, published in The Winona Times, September 20, 2012.
Jo Ellard, the daughter of Gene MacPhail, gave her father a little push. She hired James Chandler Harbour to spend four days interviewing McPhail to help write his history.
McPhail said telling Harbour his life story wasn’t as difficult as it sounds.
As you know my wife has severe Alzheimer’s but I thought that maybe you could capture her life from a monthly perspective in hopes that such a book would enable my wife to remember her family and friends.
What a fantastic job you did! I was so thrilled when you showed it to me; it vastly exceeded my expectations! Thank you SO MUCH! The best part is that my wife carries this monthly journal with her EVERYWHERE. This is not an exaggeration! It’s her most precious possession. I can’t thank you enough. Now, let’s do my life story!
With our professional and passionate workmanship, Life Stories Company has assisted many individuals, families, and companies in documenting and preserving their story and legacy, allowing them to share these timeless and priceless treasures with generations to come.
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