Monday, November 12, 2012

History MA Student Betty Bolte Publishes "Hometown Heroines"

The history department congratulates MA student Betty Bolte, who has had her 2001 book, Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure, published as an e book (ISBN 9781614173601; $3.99). It will soon be re-released in print for $5.99.

Hometown Heroines is a collection of fictionalized accounts of the events that made 18 girls from the 1800s famous and honored with landmarks (mountain, park, railroad bridge, memorial plaques, statues, etc.) in their hometowns and other cities across our country. Several girls from Alabama and Tennessee are featured.

This is the book's description:

"During the 1800s, daring and courageous girls across America left their unique mark on history.

Milly Cooper galloped 9 miles through hostile Indian Territory to summon help when Fort Cooper was under attack.

Belle Boyd risked her life spying for the Rebels during the Civil War.

Kate Shelly, when she was 15, crawled across a nearly washed-out railroad bridge during a ferocious thunderstorm to warn the next train.

Lucille Mulhall, age 14, outperformed cowboys to become the World’s First Famous Cowgirl.

These are just a few of the inspiring true stories inside Hometown Heroines—American Girls who faced danger and adversity and made a difference in their world."

Betty is a current graduate student in History, and previously received an M.A. in English in 2008 from UAH. Betty writes that "This combination is intentional, so that I can strive to 'make history entertaining' for young adult and adult readers alike. I am also writing historical romances with the same intention."

Betty's web site is She can also be found on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Congratulations, Betty. We are so proud of you!

UAHuntsville Alum Whitney Snow Wins Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award

Congratulations to UAH history alumna Whitney Snow, currently a PhD candidate at Mississippi State University, who has won a Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning award. Her initiating Phi Kappa Phi chapter was UAHuntsville's chapter! You can read more about the award here. Way to go, Whitney!

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