NEWS & EVENTS
The Winter 2022 AHSGR Newsletter ran a full-page article entitled "Colorado Gala Inspired by Kloberdanz Book Raises Over $380,000." The article details how Dr. Tim Kloberdanz's book, ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE , served as the thematic inspiration for a large charity event in Sterling, Colorado, in early September 2022.
Located in northeastern Colorado, Sterling is the hometown of Dr. Kloberdanz. Besides being the regional setting for several of his articles and books, the Sterling area has important connections to the ancient Clovis culture. As early as the 1890s, for example, an irrigation farmer near Sterling accidentally dug into a Clovis burial near the South Platte River. Among the artifacts found were three Clovis projectile points and five large hematite beads.
In 1978, a cache of Clovis artifacts was unearthed in a wheat field northwest of Sterling. Altogether, the cache yielded 13 Clovis points, as well as some tiny white fragments believed to be mammoth ivory. This discovery is now known as “The Drake Clovis Cache.” [The site originally was discovered by Orville Drake, an artifact collector from Fort Collins, Colorado.] Several of the Drake Clovis points were made of Alibates Dolomite, a distinctive type of multi-colored flint from a quarry in the Texas Panhandle.
Such discoveries greatly increase our understanding of the ancient Clovis big game hunters who once roamed the Great Plains. The Clovis people were quite mobile and had obvious preferences for the various types of stone that they utilized. Thus, the Sterling, Colorado area seems especially important in helping researchers piece together “The Clovis Story.”
On Saturday, October 15, author Tim Kloberdanz signed copies of his book, ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE , at the Old Library Mercantile in Sterling, Colorado.
Previously, on September 10, the Sterling Community Fund held a gala in Sterling to raise funds. The theme of the gala, "Upon the River Platte," was inspired by Tim Kloberdanz's novel, ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE. The fundraising event proved very successful and raised over $380,000.
"I was surprised but very pleased that the Sterling gala theme was inspired by my Platte River book," Dr. Kloberdanz said. "Sterling is my hometown and naturally I want the Sterling Community Fund to grow and be successful. And I want the lives of people there to be improved and enriched. No matter the challenge, we are all in this together."
According to author Timothy J. Kloberdanz, he is nearing completion of his third novel in the "Legendary Rivers of the American West Series." The book will focus on the Upper Mississippi River region of northern Minnesota.
Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, Dr. Kloberdanz wrote two articles that appeared in The Forum, the main newspaper that serves the Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota areas. The articles are entitled "Why Volga Germans and Ukrainians Abhor Being Called 'Russians' " and "A Hole in the Iron Curtain, Easter 1984."
Because of his expertise in German-Russian studies, Dr. Kloberdanz is scheduled to give the keynote address at the 52nd International Convention of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. The meeting takes place in Lincoln, Nebraska, July 27-30. The theme of the 2022 convention is "Honoring Our Past, Embracing Our Future."
Astute readers of the book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE have shared with us newspaper reports and e-mails regarding wild animals suffering from COVID-19. A recent study at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine, for example, reveals that one-third of more than 150 white tail deer carcasses tested positive for COVID-19. Furthermore, the Iowa researchers concluded that the infected wild deer may have contracted the virus indirectly from humans (possibly via human urine or feces).
Wild deer are not the only animals affected. In Lincoln, Nebraska, three captive snow leopards (Ranney, Everest, and Makalu) died of COVID-19 in November 2021. The snow leopards succumbed despite the use of antibiotics and steroids. Thus far, the virus also has been detected in rabbits, minks, otters, hyenas, and non-human primates.
One is reminded here of the mask-wearing Dr. Susan Hotaru, a wildlife biologist in ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . At one point in the book, she expresses her concern about a virus "that can quickly mutate and jump from one completely different species to another" (p. 73).
NOTE: ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE was released in August of 2019, months before the COVID-19 outbreak was reported.
Spring & Summer 2021
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many author appearances and book-related events have been canceled or postponed. Some health experts indicate that things will not return to normal until sometime in Summer 2021 (or possibly later).
Nonetheless, Clovis House author Timothy J. Kloberdanz has remained very busy. Most recently, he authored an article about his late friend, the movie director and writer Joan Micklin Silver of New York City. The 10-page article is entitled "Memories of Joan Micklin Silver and the 'Second Hoeing' Film Project." It appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of the Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. This article proved quite timely, for Joan Micklin Silver was recognized in the "In Memoriam" portion of the 93rd Academy Awards event held in Los Angeles on April 25, 2021.
Dr. Kloberdanz also was interviewed by Forum reporter Tracy Briggs in April 2021. Briggs did a podcast and a four-part series of articles that focused on the April 1920 slaying of eight German-Russian family members near Turtle Lake, North Dakota. That tragic event also was the subject of a crime novel by Dr. Kloberdanz's friend, Vernon Keel. The 2010 novel, entitled The Murdered Family, was published by Wanamaker Press of Denver, Colorado.
On January 6, The Forum (of Fargo-Moorhead) runs a front-page story about novelist Timothy J. Kloberdanz. Entitled "I Just Wrote and Wrote," the article is written by Forum reporter Patrick Springer. He describes the impaired vision and other health problems that have beset the author in recent years. After undergoing brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 2017, Springer quotes Kloberdanz as saying: "It felt so good to see clearly again . . . I felt reborn and I was ecstatic, so I just wrote and wrote."
The article also includes a large color picture of Kloberdanz standing on the snow-covered banks of the Red River of the North. Forum photographer David Samson took the picture of Fargo's own "River Writer."
This year marks the 300th anniversary of the famous Villasur battle that took place near the confluence of the Platte and Loup Rivers (southeast of present-day Columbus, Nebraska) in August of 1720. The tragic confrontation involved New Mexico Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief Pedro de Villasur and more than forty Spanish soldiers and civilians from Santa Fe. Accompanying them were Pueblo Indian allies and a number of Plains Apache scouts. On the early morning of August 14, 1720, the Villasur expedition was attacked and overwhelmed by a large number of Pawnee and Otoe warriors. The Spanish were defeated and Villasur and numerous soldiers and Pueblo Indians were killed. This event marked the end of Spanish colonial expansion into the Great Plains region.
In his new novel, ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE, author Timothy J. Kloberdanz makes many historical references to the ill-fated Villasur expedition of 1720. These references appear despite the fact that ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE is set in the near future -- not in the early eighteenth century.
November - December 2019
Several newspapers, international newsletters, and magazines carry articles featuring the new book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE by author Timothy J. Kloberdanz. Among these are the AHSGR Newsletter, the Columbus Telegram, the GRHS Newsletter, North Dakota Horizons, the Sterling Journal Advocate, and the South Platte Sentinel.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 pm
Official book launch for ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . The novel will be launched in the
very same area where much of the action in the book takes place--Platte County, Nebraska. The author, Timothy J. Kloberdanz, will speak and sign copies of his new Platte book. This event is sponsored by Clovis House and the book launch will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 7:00 PM. Place: The Platte County Historical Society Museum (West Building), 2916 16th Street, Columbus, Nebraska. The event is free and open to the public.
October 13-21, 2019 -- Whirlwind Book Tour
"Whirlwind Book Tour" for Author Timothy J. Kloberdanz as he stops at various bookstores and museums to sign copies of his latest book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . The whirlwind tour will take the author to various sites in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and South Dakota.
October 3, 2019
The Columbus Telegram (Columbus, Nebraska) publishes a lengthy article about Timothy J. Kloberdanz's new book ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . The article is entitled "Columbus, Platte River Inspire Author's New Book."
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Author Timothy J. Kloberdanz is one of the featured writers at the annual conference of the North Dakota Library Association (NDLA), Fargo, North Dakota. Copies of both ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE and ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED will be made available to librarians and other NDLA attendees.
The e-book (Kindle) version of ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE becomes available to readers world-wide.
Book release for ONCE UPON THE RIVER PLATTE . This is a full-length novel and it is the second book in the "Legendary Rivers of the American West Series."
Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. Much like in the book ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED , a man almost drowns in the 40-degree Red River waters, but is saved by a name-less woman who just happened to be nearby. See the article "UND Student's 'Dreamlike Trip' on River Turns Terrifying," in the April 20, 2019, issue of The Forum, pp. A1, A4.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 (St. Nicholas Day)
"Writers' Winter Wonderland" author event at Zandbroz Variety Store in Fargo, North Dakota. Timothy J. Kloberdanz is one of the featured authors. He will sign copies of his recent book, ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED . This is a free event and open to the public. 420 Broadway North, Fargo, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. For more information call 701-239-4729.
Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2, 2018
"Pride of Dakota" Holiday Showcase in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck Event Center, 315 South 5th St., Bismarck.
Friday-Sunday, November 16-18, 2018
"Pride of Dakota" Holiday Showcase in Fargo, North Dakota. Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Avenue South, Fargo.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The GRHC (at NDSU) plans to sell ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED at the "Pride of Dakota" Holiday Showcases in eastern and western North Dakota.
Monday, November 5, 2018
Clovis House becomes an approved member of "Pride of Dakota" Program. North Dakota Department of Agriculture, Bismarck, ND.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Official Book Launch and Author Event for ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED by Timothy J. Kloberdanz. Zandbroz Variety Bookstore, Fargo, North Dakota. 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Feature story about ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED appears in the Fargo weekly newspaper, High Plains Reader. The article, "Fiction and Folklore Along the Red River" is written by the paper's editor, Sabrina Hornung.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Kindle edition of ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED becomes available world-wide.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Official release date for ONE DAY ON THE RIVER RED by Timothy J. Kloberdanz.