History

A Home in America

A Home in America: A Volga German Story by Eunice Boeve Share   The Mueller family, descendants of the Germans who settled the Volga River area in Russia in the mid-1700s, turn to America to escape Russia’s enforced military service. Told through the eyes of twelve year old Eva, the story chronicles the hardships of their travels by land and sea to America and their resettlement on the Kansas plains.  Eva Mueller is twelve years old when her father announces that the family is leaving Russia and immigrating to America. Although they have lived in Russia their whole lives, they have...

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The Galvanized Yankee

The Galvanized Yankee by Roy Bird ~ illustrations by Traci Osborn Share To escape the dreadful conditions of a Union prison camp, a young captured Confederate becomes a “Galvanized Yankee”—a member of the United States Volunteers, regiments of Southern prisoners of war formed to protect white settlers from Indians on the Western frontier. Almost 6,000 Southerners enlisted in six regiments of Galvanized Yankees. They served on the Plains from Texas and Kansas to Dakota Territory, and in Colorado and Wyoming territories. In addition to serving as infantry at frontier posts in the West, the...

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Seven to One: My Life Measured in Dog Years

Seven to One: My Life Measured in Dog Years A Joyful Memoir by Jerilynn Jones Henrikson Share   Tradition has it that one year of a dog’s life is equal to seven years of human life. The lifespan of the average dog is about twelve years. It follows that in eighty-four years a person could sequentially share life with seven dogs. My goal here is to “tell my life” in dog years, to measure phases of my existence by the lives of the dogs that have shared it. Of course, this is a thinly disguised excuse to tell stories about the humans who have shared my life as well. Are...

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Along Winding Trails

Along Winding Trails by Eunice Boeve Share   Joshua Ryder, convinced he carries bad blood, leaves Texas in the spring of 1876 with a trail herd of longhorns bound for Montana. The following spring he heads west with plans to settle near the Pacific Ocean and live in solitude with just his books and horses for company. But a Nez Perce woman and her baby change his plans and he ends up in Virginia City, Montana. There an old washerwoman, a little girl of white and Chinese ancestry, a young woman with red curls, and a murder charge further complicate his life. Along Winding Trails is the...

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Along Shadowed Trails

Along Shadowed Trails by Eunice Boeve Share   Joshua Ryder is eight when his mother is murdered. An old cowboy becomes the father he has never had and when he is dying asks Josh, now eighteen, to leave the ranch with their neighbor, Miguel, and get some experience working for another outfit. Riding Shadow, the buckskin he’s raised from a colt, Josh comes to the Rawlins’ ranch and hires on to help drive a herd of longhorns to Kansas. Martha Rawlins, the widowed ranch owner and her children, accompany the herd and she teaches Josh to read and write while on the trail. He becomes friends...

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The Wichita Indians

The Wichita Indians: People of the Grass House by Susan A. Holland ~ photography by Mike Rooney Share   The Wichita Indians shared the Great Plains, in the central United States, with a variety of animals, including millions of bison, elk, and birds. The Wichita built their homes of poles and prairie grass, which grew up to 12 feet tall. These unique, beehive-shaped grass houses were exclusive to the Wichita, housed extended families, and could last up to 14 years. Tools, fashioned from chert and bison bones, were used to construct homes and cultivate garden plots. EDITORIAL REVIEWS...

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