by Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D. with Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D.
An Arizona-based teacher for 32 years, Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D., earned her undergraduate, Master's and Doctorate degrees from Northern Arizona University. She taught first-grade students in Holbrook, elementary and junior high remedial readers in Flagstaff and elementary remedial readers in the Cartwright District in Phoenix. She also taught adults at Chapman University and Arizona State University West.
Though she officially "retired" in 2000, Krueger works now as much as she ever has. She joined the Phoenix Art Museum docent program and is currently their research chair. In addition, Krueger gives many slide show talks on art-related topics around the Valley of the Sun. She also writes research papers on art objects for use by museum docents.
Krueger became interested in Addie Slaughter's story when her writers' group visited the Slaughter Ranch outside Douglas, Ariz. While there, Arizona Culturekeeper Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H. Slaughter Ranch historian, presented a slide show and discussed the adventures of the Slaughter family and the Slaughter Ranch. Krueger immediately realized what a wonderful children's book the information would make. After much research and hours of collaboration with Dr. Grandrud on the historical legacy of the Slaughters, Krueger wrote Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, which is being published by Five Star Publications.
When she's not writing papers or working on a book, Krueger travels to feed her hunger for cultural and historical enrichment, as well as for the pure pleasure of experiencing new horizons.
Born in Northern Calif., Krueger now lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud
Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D., a recipient of the 2010 Arizona Culture Keeper Award, earned degrees in education and history from the University of New Mexico, before moving from Albuquerque to Arizona in 1982.
While working in the mid-1980s as a research historian for Gerald A. Doyle & Associates, a Phoenix architectural firm known for historic preservation projects, Grandrud became intimately familiar with John H. Slaughter's San Bernardino Ranch in southeastern Cochise County. Although she's worn many historically-inclined hats since then, she has continued her involvement with the ranch through today.
A "Roads Scholar" (speaker) with the Arizona Humanities Council, Grandrud has held interesting positions: Chief Curator, AZ Historical Society in Phoenix; Research Historian for Yuma Crossing Foundation; the first Heritage Fund Planner for Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and SHPO Historian/Coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places.
Retired from SHPO in 1998, Grandrud spent the next two years as director of the Arizona Historical Society Museum inPapago Park. She was a leader in the successful movement to resurrect the AZ Women's Hall of Fame program in 2002. In 2003-04, Grandrud and James Garrison, Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer, formed the Inventory of Arizona Historic Cemeteries Working Group, county volunteers who are compiling, as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, a comprehensive inventory of every historic burial site in the state.
Today, Grandrud continues as a historical consultant and an active volunteer in leadership positions, or as a board member, for a wide range of nonprofits including Partnership for National Trails System, Anza Trail Foundation, Old Spanish Trail Association, Arizona State Committee of Trails, Arizona History Convention, Pioneers' Cemetery Association, Phoenix Corral of Westerners and Sunnyslope Historical Society – in addition to co-authoring Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo.
Web site: http://www.AddieSlaughterBook.com
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Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.
Date Published: January 2011
6 by 9 / 64 pages
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