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Kansas Author Talk: "Trailing the Schoolchildren's Blizzard"


January 16, 2024

Join Newton author B. Lois Thieszen Preheim for a program and Q&A about her book, "Trailing the Schoolchildren's Blizzard."

This is a hybrid program: Attend in person at Newton Public Library; register for the Zoom Webinar; or head to the NPL Facebook page at the time of the event for a livestream.

About the Book:

This is a story of the January 12, 1888, blizzard as experienced by families living in ten locations along the storm’s route. The storm struck suddenly and caught people off guard as it trailed through the Great Plains of Canada, the United States, and Territories. Many found ingenious ways to reach safety and/or pass the time while waiting for the storm to subside. Family stories are capsulized in a poem preceding the ten stand-alone chapters. Tying the chapters together is the common thread of experiencing the storm’s fury. People of all ages will identify with elements of decision-making.

About the Author:

B. Lois Thieszen Preheim was born on a farm near Henderson, Nebraska. She graduated from Freeman Junior College, Freeman, South Dakota and from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln followed with a specialist degree in administration and a Ph.D. in education, curriculum, and instruction from UNL. She received a master of divinity from Associated (now Anabaptist) Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. Lois is a retired kindergarten-twelve principal, having taught pre-school, elementary, middle school, and college students. Currently, she resides in Newton, Kansas

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