Monthly Archives: February 2013

Dan Shutter’s “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” re-released by Sunbury Press

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released an improved edition of “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Dan Shutters and illustrated by Sharon Shiffler.

The Mouse with the Broken Tail

The Mouse with the Broken Tail

Join Sam the mouse as he leads his mouse tribe from the dangers inside the house to the promised land Outside. Will they finally escape Faro the cat? Will they finally be free? Along the way, the group learns about hard work, creative thinking, and the benefits of self-sacrifice. However, the Outside is not without its own challenges! This charming tale gently deals with various issues that face children, the power of evil vs. the power of God, the reasons for warnings, faithfulness, and the ability to change among others. Rev. Dan Shutters wrote this parable of the Book of Exodus for use as a series of children’s sermons.

Rev. Dan Shutters was ordained in 1969 after graduating with a Master of Divinity degree from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, Ontario. He is a pastor with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has been delivering messages for children for most of his ministry. Always in search of unique ways to communicate, he is a member of the Society of American Magicians, performing the stories from his book, “Magic in Ministry”. In the early days of home computers he wrote “Farway” as an educational program for Lutheran World Relief which illustrated the problems encountered by bringing wells to African villages. In 1979, the Red Cross asked him to help with the children in the Hershey, PA shelter set up iduring the accident at nearby Three Mile Island.

The Mouse with the Broken Tail
Authored by Dan Shutters, Authored by Sharon Shiffler
List Price: $9.99
7.5″ x 9.25″ (19.05 x 23.495 cm)
Black & White on White paper
44 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061893
ISBN-10: 1620061899
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Action & Adventure

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Lancaster County’s Hackmans subject of reissued family history

The Hackman Story

The Hackman Story

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released an updated edition of “The Hackman Story: The Descendants of Henry Hackman of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania” by Dorothy Elaine Grace and Lawrence Knorr.

Dorothy Elaine Hackman Grace compiled the original version of “The Hackman Story” in 1976 for her cousins, neices, nephews and children. Lawrence Knorr was a recipient of one of these comb-bound volumes, triggering his interest in genealogy and family history. ‘Elaine’ passed in 1999, and Lawrence has since updated the book based on correspondence between the two and Lawrence’s subsequent research.

“Elaine was always very encouraging,” said Lawrence, “I looked forward to her updates and she to mine. I am very pleased to help present Elaine’s work to a greater audience. I am certain she would be very proud of it.”

This book details the history of the Hackman family, Mennonites who emigrated from Ibersheim, near Worms, Germany, and settled in Lancaster County near Lititz and Manheim. Much more than just genealogical information, this book contains many anecdotes, including early farm life, the first airplane and automobile seen in Millport, near Manheim, life at Elizabethown College from the 30’s to the 60’s, and events at various Churches of the Brethren.

Dorothy Elaine (Hackman) Grace (1934-1999) was a great granddaughter of Andrew Baer Hackman, and a  granddaughter of Willis Brenner Hackman (via Henry Hess Hackman).  “Elaine” is also the author of ‘The Becker Story’. She thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing about family history. Her life through 1976 is well chronicled in this work, including the connections to the family she loved so dearly.

Lawrence Knorr (1964- ) is the 2nd great grandson of Andrew Baer Hackman, and a great grandson of Willis Brenner Hackman (via Emma Amelia Hackman). For those keeping score, this makes Lawrence a ‘half-cousin once-removed’ to Elaine.

Lawrence is the author of numerous other books including A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush, The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey, The Descendants of Hans Peter Knorr, The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Relations of Isaac F. Stiehly – Minister of the Mahantongo Valley, General John Fulton Reynolds – His Biography, Words and Relations and There is Something About Rough and Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley.

The Hackman Story: The Descendants of Henry Hackman of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Authored by Dorothy Elaine Grace, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
120 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061886
ISBN-10: 1620061880
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

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