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The Legacy of Ida Lillbroända

by Arlene Sundquist Empie

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Author's Biography

Arlene Sundquist Empie received Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College and Certificate for Narrative Nonfiction Writing, University of Washington. She is the author of Minding a Sacred Place under pen name Sunnie Empie, which received 2002 Independent Publishers “IPPY” Award for architecture book.

The Legacy of Ida Maria Lillbroända became a personal quest to find her Finnish roots, to learn about her cultural heritage and not the least, to fall in love with a place called Finland.

Skagit Valley in the Pacific Northwest is the author’s spiritual home. From her writer’s studio on an island in the San Juan archipelago, thought and memory meld into twilight moments overlooking the Salish Sea.

Book Information

The Legacy of Ida Lillbroända: Finnish Emigrant to America 1893
by Arlene Sundquist Empie

Narrative in American History/Nordic Studies
ISBN 978-1-931025-05-8 Clothbound $24 U.S.
LCCN 2010911060
Clothbound 288 pp, 6 3/8” x 9 1/4”
50 vintage photos, bibliography and index,
Alcorn Publications Design
Published and printed in U.S. by Boulder House Publishers
Distributed by Baker & Taylor and PartnersWest.
Available at Independent Booksellers and Amazon.com.


Foreword: The Storyteller, xv
On Wednesdays, 1
The Search for Ida Maria – What’s in a Name?, 9
Finland Swede Heritage, 27
Aged Tomes and Faded Photographs, 47
“The Glory of a Summer Night”–Zachris Topelius, 62
Amerika Feber 1893, 67
Finding Ida, 83
Quebec, Quarantine and Quirky Passenger List, 91
A Cultural Landscape - Telluride 1895, 103
A Visit to the Homeland 1901, 127
Return to America 1902 – A Stealth Plan, 147
Journey Toward Home, 155
A Place to Call Home in Skagit Valley, 169
Sundquist Farm 1905, 179
The American Dream Fulfilled 1920s, 203
Celebrating the Seasons, 233
Summer Harvest and Coffeetime, 233
Autumn’s Tragic Message on the Party Line, 235
In The Candlelight of Winter, 240
Iridescence of Spring, 243
Coming Home, 248


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