The book Stitch of Courage updated for Kansas' 152nd birthday

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Butterfield Books Inc. updates the book Stitch of Courage in time for Kansas' 152nd birthday. Author Linda K. Hubalek recalls her ancestors' role in making Kansas a free state.

Author Linda Hubalek's ancestor Maggie (Margaret)  Kennedy Pieratt helped Kansas become a state.

Hubalek's ancestor Maggie Kennedy Pieratt

I’m very proud that my ancestors—and all the Territory’s pioneer women—who had the courage to help Kansas become a state...

Butterfield Books Inc. recently updated the book, Stitch of Courage by Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek. This book chronicles the author’s ancestors, Maggie Kennedy Pieratt and Margaret Ralston Kennedy roles in making Kansas a free state 152 years ago this week.
“We think of the Civil War mainly happening in the South, but the feud over slavery flared up between Missouri and the Territory of Kansas with its opening in 1854. It was seven long years of turmoil before Kansas got its statehood on January 29, 1861.
And who was taking care of the homestead and family, planting crops, and trying to ward off border ruffians when the men were out fighting or hiding along the creek banks? The women of the family…” said Linda K. Hubalek.
When putting together Stitch of Courage Hubalek found out that her ancestors fought with Beecher Bible rifles, helped with the Underground Railroad, and chased Quantrill after he and his men raided Lawrence, Kansas.
“I’m very proud of my Kennedy and Pieratt ancestors—and all the Territory’s pioneer women—who had the courage to help Kansas become a state,” said Hubalek. “Photos I’ve seen of these women show the hardship and toil it took on them to keep their families safe as they fought to gain statehood for Kansas, and freedom for the nation.
For more information about the women’s role in helping Kansas become a state, please be sure to read Linda K. Hubalek’s historical pioneer books, Trail of Thread, Thimble of Soil, and Stitch of Courage. These books (also in ebook form) are available in stores, or online at or
About Butterfield Books Inc.: Founded in 1994, Butterfield Books Inc. publishes and promotes books about Kansas and its pioneer history. The company is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, known as “Little Sweden USA.”
About Linda K. Hubalek: Author Linda K. Hubalek writes books about the pioneer women who made Kansas their home. Her books are published by Butterfield Books Inc. and they include the Trail of Thread, the Butter in the Well, and the Planting Dreams series.

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