Eppinga, Jane 1939-

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EPPINGA, Jane 1939-

PERSONAL:

Born June 22, 1939, in Hull, IA; daughter of Jacob (a farmer) and Lucia (a registered nurse; maiden name, Mooi) Eppinga. Ethnicity: "Dutch." Education: University of Arizona, B.S. and B.A. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Protestant. Hobbies and other interests: Genealogy.

ADDRESSES:

Home—4901 East Sunrise, No. 406, Tucson, AZ 85718. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Freelance writer. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, member.

MEMBER:

Westerners International, National Federation of Press Women, Western Writers of America, Arizona Press Women, Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Authors, Southern Arizona Hiking Club, University of Arizona Friends of the Library.

AWARDS, HONORS:

C. Leland Sonnichsen Award, 1995, for an article in Journal of Arizona History; Communicator of Achievement Award, Arizona Press Women, 1999; awards from National Federation of Press Women and Arizona Press Women, for magazine articles; grant from National Science Foundation.

WRITINGS:

Henry Ossian Flipper: West Point's First Black Graduate, Republic of Texas Press (Plano, TX), 1996.

Arizona Twilight Tales: Good Ghosts, Evil Spirits, and Blue Ladies, Pruett Publishing (Boulder, CO), 2000.

Images of America: Tucson, Arizona, Arcadia Publishing (Portsmouth, NH), 2000.

Contributor to books, including History of Mining in Arizona and Arizona: The World War II Years, for University of Arizona Press (Tucson, AZ). Contributor of more than 200 articles to professional journals and popular magazines, including Journal of Arizona History, Biology Digest, Cricket, Wee Wisdom, Arizona Sheriff, Persimmon Hill, Arizona Senior World, Desert Leaf, and Good Housekeeping.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

The Making of America: Nogales, Arizona, for Arcadia Publishing (Portsmouth, NH).

SIDELIGHTS:

Jane Eppinga told CA: "I write because I enjoy sharing stories with others. My parents and teachers provided the motivation in my early years when I did not care about learning. My writing process is to just spill the words on paper, then to organize the words into a story and finally to polish, polish, polish. I write primarily on Arizona history, and we have great resources in this state for the subject."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Wild West, June, 1997, Candy Moulton, review of Henry Ossian Flipper: West Point's First Black Graduate, p. 70.