The Road I Grew Up On: Requiem for a Vanishing Era, Volume 1

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Helen DeElda Gunderson
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History and Biography

The Road I Grew Up On is a two-volume anthology self-published by Helen Gunderson, a fourth-generation, septuagenarian Iowan who grew up on a farm in Pocahontas County, Iowa. After earning an undergraduate degree in physical education, a masters degree in instructional technology, and a Master of Divinity, and having a diverse career that took her to other states, Helen relocated to central Iowa, where she eventually established her home on an urban farm in Ames. Her anthology, written from a liberal perspective, consists of regional and neighborhood history, personal memoir, spiritual insights, opinion, and photographs. The project, started in 1989, includes photographs, video footage, recorded interviews, other research and writings by Helen about the neighborhood and culture where she grew up.

Volume 1 consists of material written and gathered between 1989 and 2004, touching on local history, changes in the rural landscape and farm technology, agricultural issues, family dynamics, gender, and death.

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