October 9 in Madison

Happy to announce I’ll be doing a presentation on Tuesday, October 9, at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St., beginning at 1 p.m. I’ll be talking about Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery, as well as the soon-to-be-released second edition of Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels in and Around the Badger State. Much appreciate opportunities to talk about these favs!

Book Presentation: Milwaukee DAR

I’m happy to be presenting a lunch program to the Milwaukee Chapter of the DAR at the Wisconsin Club, , on Friday, October 5, 2018. On tap: secrets kept … and eventually unveiled … in Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery, as well as tidbits from the soon-to-be-released second edition of Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels in and Around the Badger State. Can you guess where this photo was taken?Elephant Cave-square

Much appreciation for the family historians …

… and readers who came to the Verona Public Library on August 8 to hear about Elsie’s Story! Thanks for excellent questions, fruitful comments, and intriguing stories shared. One story always leads to a dozen more, and every family historian seems to have a mystery to solve — from a “disappeared” ancestor to a black sheep to an unexplained death.Verona Public Library

Podcast Now Available

Thanks again to Rex Owens for the opportunity to talk about Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery on his show, “My World and Welcome to It,” on Sun Prairie Community Radio 103.5 FM The Sun on Tuesday, July 31. The date marked the 58th anniversary of my Aunt Elsie’s mysterious death in a northern Wisconsin tavern–the event that inspired the book and a decades-long quest for answers. Listen to the podcast.

Sharing Family History at Verona Public Library

Much appreciation to the Verona Public Library for the opportunity to present “Sharing Family History” on Wednesday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. I’ll talk about Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery, a memoir about the puzzling circumstances surrounding my aunt’s death in a northern Wisconsin tavern a half century ago, and offer ideas for sharing your own family stories. Register online at www.veronapubliclibrary.org or call 845-7180. Or, just come on Wednesday!

Nurturing Tiny Coals

Thanks to Rex Owens for the opportunity to talk about Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery on his show, “My World and Welcome to It,” on Sun Prairie Community Radio 103.5 FM The Sun at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31. The date marks the 58th anniversary of my Aunt Elsie’s mysterious death in a northern Wisconsin tavern–the event that inspired the book and a decades-long quest for answers. Was her death suicide? Accident? Murder?

Ready, Set, Talk … and Listen

I’m  looking forward to talking about Elsie’s Story with Rex Owens on his show, “My World and Welcome to It,” on Sun Prairie Community Radio 103.5 FM The Sun at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31. The date marks the 58th anniversary of my Aunt Elsie’s mysterious death in a northern Wisconsin tavern–the event that inspired a decades-long quest for answers. Was her death suicide? Accident? Murder?

The quest involved the tools of journalism and genealogy, along with hypnosis and other alternative means. It led to secrets, surprises, and, finally, a solution, as told in Elsie’s Story: Chasing a Family Mystery.

The show will be live-streamed and available online.

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The Iron Range

Years ago I would have thought “the Iron Range” referred to a wood-burning cookstove. This weekend, I begin in-person research for a second edition of my book, Minnesota Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels, originally published by Trails Books way back in 2003. (While I did visit a manmade cave in a Red Wing bluff with geologist Greg Brick over Memorial Day weekend, that excursion was more of an add-on than a focused research trip.)

On this trip, I’ll update descriptions of the sites described in the first edition and check out a few new sites as well. One myth about writing is that it’s all about writing: sometimes it’s about reading, phoning, and walking around the edge of a mile-wide pit mine.