ABC – The Amana Colonies

March 31, 2021 | Blog, News & Updates

A little over two years ago during a long, cold winter, I decided to check something off my bucket list and decided to write a children’s book.  A teacher friend of mine shared an ABC book that she wrote and this gave me the idea for the format and topic for my book.  It would be about The Amana Colonies and would be a “read together” style.

I did some research and did not find an ABC book about the colonies, so I began my project.  First I started my list to see if I could find something for every letter in the alphabet.  Z was certainly easy!!!  As I settled on an idea for each letter I began to create rough drafts of information for each letter and started to try to collect pictures that would go with each letter.  Along the way I talked to long time residents and historians to try to be as sure as possible that the information I was including was correct.  I set aside the project during our busy season and worked once again the next winter and decided on the title.  The publisher I worked with is in Pella, so I made several trips to consult with them.  Finally it was published!  So exciting to see my name as the author of a ‘real’ book!

Recently my publisher submitted my book to be included in the Des Moines Book Festival.  It was selected! So I am excited to be able to go to that website and find my book and name listed along with other Festival Authors.

I’m hoping to get my book out into some of the Amana stores this season and of course we have it for sale at Zuber’s.  Here is a sample of a couple of pages.


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Thank you for checking out our blog at Zuber’s Homestead Hotel! As owners we have the daily pleasure of visiting with our guests. Often we are sitting in our Wagon Wheel Room and have our conversation over a cup of coffee (or tea)!

Our blog will be a reflection of those conversations. We often share stories about Zuber’s Homestead Hotel and the history of this wonderful place! We also share information about events and happenings in the Amana Colonies.

We invite you to enjoy these stories by reading our blog. Feel free to ask us questions and we’ll do our best to give you an answer. So sit down, grab your cup of coffee (or tea) relax, and share in our stories.

We look forward to the day that you’ll come and experience Zuber’s Homestead Hotel, and the Amana Colonies for yourself!

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