Catharine Hertzler's Journey tells the story of a 19th century Mennonite wife who traveled by wagon from Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband Daniel to Springfield, Ohio. She was the mother of ten children, but only three outlived their parents. Her struggles with the Mennonite lifestyle, a stern husband and the joys and the trials of motherhood are the basis for this story. During her life she experienced the building of the National Road, the birth of railway travel, and the Civil War. Historical events as well as facts related to the Hertzler family form the backbone of this novel of historical fiction.
Throughout the book, Catharine's thoughts are on her ever-increasing family and her duties as a Mennonite wife. The historical events which are interspersed throughout the story put Catharine Hertzler's life in perspective to the 19th century. The names of some of the characters are names from the author's family, and all the Hertzler names and dates are based on fact. The story is told using research on a woman's role in the 19th century and the author's imagination.
Barbara Studebaker Arnold is a retired Language Arts school teacher with an avid interest in history. She is a member of the Hertzler House Advisory Committee which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Daniel Hertzler House, a Pennsylvania bank-style home built in 1854 by a Mennonite entrepreneur from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her interest in the history of this family led her to explore more about the Mennonites, the history of the Clark County and Springfield, Ohio areas and the life style of women in the 1800's. The result of her interest and research became the foundation for this book, Catharine Hertzler's Journey.
|Publisher:||Dog Ear Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)|