Up in North Dakota: A Memoir
By Philo T. Pritzkau
Published by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, ND, 1996, softcover, 102 pages
Growing Up in North Dakota is a vivid story of the "pioneer"
period of the state's history. Here are stories of "horse and buggy
days;" of haying, harvesting, and thrashing; and of hard times,
long winters, and one room schools.
Philo T. Pritzkau was born in 1902, in the sod house built by
his immigrant German-Russian parents near Burnstad, North Dakota.
Before his retirement in 1972, he was Professor of Education at
the University of Connecticut, where he was director of the Curriculum
Center. He is the author of Dynamics of Curriculum Development
and On Education for the Authentic. He has been a teacher
in Wyoming, New Mexico, and Minnesota. Patricia Pritzkau MacLachlan,
internationally acclaimed for the prairie story, Sarah, Plain
and Tall, is his daughter.
Patricia MacLachlan writes in the Foreword, "It is my profound
belief that we live nurtured by our first landscape, both our spiritual
one--our family--and our physical one, the land where we began.
I grew up with all the stories and remembrances put down in my father's
memoir, and many more...It is no surprise that in my own writing
I see my father's land, his life, and many of his values. In my
book, Sarah, Plain and Tall, I see the North Dakota prairie
and the slough, the family dogs, and the people he loved."
This 102-page book, filled with photographs, is available through
the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.
Author of North Dakota Memoir Tours Home
Dr. Philo T. Pritzkau's visit to North Dakota
Germano, Michelle. "Philo
Turns 101." Daily Hampshire Gazette, 17 March 2003.
Goossens, Anna-Maria. "He Writes From Harvest of Memories." Daily Hampshire Gazette, 23
July 1997, 19.
Johnson, Matthew. "Remembering Another Time: Pritzkau's Book
Recalls Growing up in North Dakota, its Life,
and Times." Jamestown Sun, 15 October 1997.
Letter from Eileen Arntz Hochhalter, Salem,
T. Pritzkau's 100th Birthday, Williamsburg, Massachusetts
Review of the book by Carol Just Halverson
Review of the book by Dorothy Hoobler
Review of the book by Ken Rogers
Schwartzenberger, Terry. "Pritzkau Holds Book Signing in Napoleon." Napoleon Homestead, 15 October 1997, 1.
Visit of Philo T. Pritzkau to North Dakota,
October, 1997 Cassette tape series