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A Place Called Home

A Story of German Immigrants from Cincinnati, Ohio, to New Ulm, Minnesota


When a chance comment activated my curiosity, I began searching for sources to learn more.  There are tons of books and websites with an adult audience in mind, little for young readers. 

The more I read, the more I wanted to know about the people who lived at this time. What drew German immigrants from Chicago and Cincinnati to build a new settlement on the Minnesota River? What kind of lives did they live as they faced brutal winters, prairie fires, hot summers, and grasshoppers. How did they get enough food to eat? How did they build houses? How did they interact with the Dakota people who had lived on this land for centuries? What caused the Dakota to attack civilian settlers in August of 1862?

Research led me to resources in libraries and historical societies. I’ve also talked with people who have taken this research journey before me. Telling this story is like putting together a puzzle.  You’re not finished until you have all the pieces assembled. The book will be published in July 2024.

I’m always on the lookout for stories of ordinary people who have done remarkable things, but have never gotten the full recognition they deserve. Because I believe  young learners need to be able to see themselves in history, I search for stories of little-known people and events that need to be included in the telling of American history. If you know of someone whose story needs to be told, please email me. I welcome all suggestions.

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