The North Platte Public Library is hosting a free program, Seed of the Volga, and book signing at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Wyoming author Karen Schutte will do a presentation about her books and the history that prompted her to write them.
Schutte is a second generation German/American, Volga German and Wyoming historical author has written two books in a trilogy. The first, The Ticket, is about great-grandparents who immigrated from Surtschin, Austria/Hungary to America and Kane, Wyo.
The second novel, Seed of the Volga, is of course, about the Germans who immigrated in 1765 to the banks of the Volga River in Russia. Originally 27,000 Germans left to make new homes in Russia and by 1899 there were more than 1.5 million living there. After Catherine the Great died, her promises to them began to disappear and then the threat of the Bolsheviks and communists arose.
Both great-grandparents immigrated to American around 1907 and made their way to the NW corner of Wyoming.
In an email to the library, Schutte said: “We are excited to be coming to Nebraska as I have roots in this state as well. My father's parents left Seward and homesteaded in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming around 1903. That, is another book.”
Schutte will repeat her program at the Lincoln County Historical Society that same day at 7-8 p.m.
For more information see her website: www.karenschutte.com