About Us

Linda_wedding_portrait_crop.jpgAbout Linda Hamilton
Owner, Biographer & Corporate Historian

I love working with individuals, families, organizations and businesses, getting to know them and their stories. It’s a thrill to bring those stories to the light of day. I thoroughly believe in the power of stories and the importance of making them accessible to others. Stories define and connect us. We need them.

It is truly an honor every time I get to listen to someone’s story and help preserve it. So often people think they don’t have a story to tell, but the stories are never boring. Sometimes the details of every day life are remarkable. These stories inspire and resonate. I love my job!


With over 12 years as a published author, I’ve had the privilege to write:

  • Books include Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area (Globe Pequot Press, 2003), Hikes Near San Francisco (2008), Camping Activities for Families: The Essential Guide to Fun in the Outdoors (Dec 2015), the Falcon Guide for Camping Northern California (2016)
  • Work in magazines, newspapers, books, online sites, and marketing copy, include the San Francisco Chronicle, American Heritage of Invention and Technology Magazine, Here Comes the Guide, MyFamily.com, Oracle Success Stories, and over 250 stories for the Library of Congress Family website: http://www.americaslibrary.org/.

I also have enjoyed:

  • Over ten years experience in business & creative project management
  • Ten years in high school and college classrooms (English, Drama and Humanities)

Portfolio sample:
San Francisco Chronicle Personal Essay – http://tinyurl.com/3cecwj

Article on the history of Liquid Crystals - Liquid Crystals in American Heritage, Invention and Technology

Web content: shannonleigh.design


At Stories to Last, we believe in:Web___Bobwithpuppy.jpg

  • The value of preserving stories, not just facts.
  • Customizing projects to meet client needs and reflect the nature of who they are.
  • Being consistently professional and personable.
  • Making history accessible with
    • Well-crafted narrative
    • Thoughtfully designed and organized lay-out
    • High-quality books like you might find at a book store, easy to keep on your shelf or table and look at again and again.
  • Including plenty of pictures whenever possible.
  • Researching the relevant background to deepen stories.
  • Capturing the authentic voice of our subjects, so you can hear those familiar turns of phrases, the cadence, the laughter, and the tone in which those stories were first told to you.


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