Category: General Kansas Author Talk: Cheryl Clay on "Immigrants Land"

Kansas Author Talk: Cheryl Clay on "Immigrants Land"

October 10, 2022

Cheryl Clay will give a talk and answer questions about her new historical novel, "Immigrants Land: The Tangeman and Schiedt Families in America, 1848-1880." Her presentation will include powerpoint slides from Sulingen, Germany, Ohio and Harvey County, Kansas, the homes of Tangemans in the 19th century.

This is a hybrid event. Join in person at the library, register to participate via Zoom, or head to the library Facebook page at the time of the event to watch a livestream.

About the Book: 

"Immigrants Land" is based on the real lives of three Tangeman brothers, Carl, Wilhelm and George, along with their wives, Anna Barbara and Margaretha Schiedt and Elizabeth Heimers, respectively.

In the latter 19th century, tensions that mounted between abolitionists and states rights advocates, the Civil War and rapid technological changes in agriculture shaped these families.  They became uncommonly interdependent family farmers, a tradition that continues to the present.  As described by Bethany Martin, Faith and Life Bookstore Manager, in her review, “Immigrants Land gives a snapshot of the lives of the Tangeman & Schiedt families after they traveled to America in 1848 through 1880. This glimpse into the daily lives of German immigrants during this time is an important look back in history and a testament to the strength and courage of these families. Clay does a wonderful job of taking historical people and turning them into living, breathing characters on the page. We follow along as they make life-changing decisions and daily choices like what to plant in the garden. What a great way to learn about those who have gone before and paved the way for future generations.”

About the Author: 

Cheryl D. Clay grew up in Highland Township, near Newton, Kansas.  It is the same township where her great-great grandparents, Carl and Anna Barbara Schiedt Tangeman, moved their family to the Kansas frontier around 1880. She is available for school and community book talks in person or by Zoom. For more information, go to

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