Greta Hemstrom

Greta Hemstrom, author of emSlates, Chalk, & Inkwells/em has joined Mt. Sneffels Presss Extended Authors.

Greta Hemstrom, author of Slates, Chalk, & Inkwells is offering her book via Mt. Sneffels Press's Extended Authors Catalog.

Greta Hemstrom, author of Slates, Chalk, & Inkwells, has joined our list of Extended Authors.
 
Greta writes about herself:
 
I grew up on a farm and have been a farm/ranch wife most of my married life. After the last of our five children left home, I acquired a Liberal Arts Degree at Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colorado. My degree included many studies in Creative Writing and Literature. I have been writing for nearly thirty years, and finally published my first book in 2008, which is titled Slates, Chalk, & Inkwells, A History of Schools in Colorado’s Uncompahgre Valley.
 
The inspiration for this book came about when I walked into the old 1912, two-room, yellow-brick, Pea Green schoolhouse on nearby California Mesa. The building had been remodeled and contained a convenience store in the east room and a small breakfast/luncheon establishment in the west room. When I walked in, the friendly spirits of the past grabbed me and my heart rate went up; I had just stepped back into the golden era of the old country school. I was hooked, and immediately began a search for the rural schools in the Uncompahgre Valley.
 
In the beginning, I did not realize how many, many schools were in session back then; I was totally surprised at how many were still standing and in use as dwellings or otherwise. What a joy the research became and what lovely people I met as I dug deeply for rural school information!
 
My husband and I retired from the farm almost twenty years ago. We now live on forty acres, where the pinon and jumipers grow and where the critters come to visit us in our high-desert yard on the east side of the Uncompahgre Plateau in Southwest Colorado. Life is good!

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