Diane DassowMeet Diane Dassow, one of our January Genealogy Meeting Self-Publishing Panelists.

Diane Dassow, founder and owner of Binding Legacies, grew up in Chicago and resides in Lombard, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mundelein College (now affiliated with Loyola University, Chicago), and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Diane had a successful career in management before turning to her childhood love of writing.

As a freelance writer, a columnist and correspondent for the Daily Herald, and since 2004 as a personal historian, Diane has interviewed hundreds of people for personal histories, newspaper features, and newsletter articles. She has been told she has a talent for conducting comfortable, professional, and meaningful interview sessions and for bringing stories to life on the written page.

She has written thirty books in the category of privately-published personal history. Her memoir piece, “One Small Step,” was published (2009) in the anthology titled My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History.

Diane is an active member of and has held past board memberships in the Association of Personal Historians (APH) and its Chicago Chapter, as well as the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Lombard Area Branch. She has received two Honorable Mentions for her volunteer newsletter editorial work (PTA and Kiwanis International).