Posts Categorized: Donner Party

First mention in newspaper of the Donner Party

“Emigrants in the Mountains”
“It is probably not generally known to the people, that there is now in the California mountains in the most distressing situation,
a party of emigrants from the United States, who were prevented from crossing the mountains by an early heavy fall of snow.
The party … Read More

Why Mary Ann Graves?

 

I get asked often why I chose Mary Ann Graves as my main character in the novel I wrote about the Donner Party. I knew right away that unlike in Caminar, I wanted to use an actual person. I didn’t want to make up any characters in this … Read More

Why the Donner Party?

 

Definitely the most common question I get when speaking at schools or libraries is “Where do you get your ideas?” And I always answer that ideas come from all over the place. They are everywhere! But specifically, why did I write a book about the Donner Party? That’s a … Read More

Visalia

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to make this happen.

After … Read More

Donner Lake

Donner Lake

 

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to make this Read More

Donner Lake State Park

Donner Lake State Park

 

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to Read More

Almost There

Almost There

 

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to make this Read More

Great Salt Desert

Great Salt Desert

 

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to make Read More

Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake

 

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to make Read More

Fort Bridger

Ft. Bridger

 

 

Last spring, I had the good fortune to retrace the steps of the Donner Party. This post is part of the story of my journey. If you want to begin at the beginning, go here first. Big thanks to the Indiana Arts Council for helping to Read More