Margaret Smeekens is the founder and principal of Real People Productions, a video biography company that preserves personal and family histories while capturing the storyteller’s unique personality and spirit.

Before dedicating her energy to this enterprise, Margaret was engaged in communications and outreach at the University of California, San Diego for many years, in addition to a career in the administration of non-profit museums. She earned a Master’s degree focused on museum administration and the preservation of cultural heritage from Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she studied as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

Throughout her life, Margaret’s endeavors have been linked by her gift for connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Her genuine curiosity and personal style put people at ease and quickly creates a rapport that enables her to help clients share their stories with others. 

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Take a few moments to watch this video to learn what Personal Historians do.