|Come hear Tom Holmquist speak about the settlement of the Smoky Valley, Tuesday, January 14, 7:30 PM at the Bethany Home Activity Center, 321 N Chestnut. Tom is a fifth-generation farmer and lifelong member of the Salemsborg Lutheran Church. He lives with his wife, Dr. Marlysue Holmquist, on the farm homesteaded by his great grandfather, Gust Holmquist in 1868.|
Tom holds a B.S. in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from Bethany College, and an M.A. in American History from Emporia State University. Tom was selected along with his family to represent Kansas agriculture and Swedish culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C. in 1992. He has taught music, social studies, American history and agriculture in Smoky Valley area schools for the past 43 years.
Mr. Holmquist farms and ranches along with his sons, Ryan and John Holmquist on the family farm where they raise wheat, soybeans, milo, various species of hay, and crossbred cattle. His previous books include: “Pioneer Cross, Swedish Settlement Along the Smoky Hill Bluffs,” “Bluestem,” a novel, and “Never Satisfied, The Laffler Crew in World War 2."
|Learn more about the Smoky Valley Historical Association here .|