It's currently one week into May. I've completed two years of my doctoral studies and successfully completed comprehensive exams. One would think that it'd be time to breathe. Alas, I'm in Bismarck doing some archival research this week for another little writing project that I've taken on. With all of these small projects, I'm hoping that my CV will become more marketable.
My book should come out shortly, as a proof copy has been approved. The Old Church on Walnut Street: A Story of Immigrants and Evangelicals is just scheduled to be the first of a series of books on the story of Grand Forks. The next installment is scheduled for release within the next year. While my book focused upon one church that had relations to the Norwegian immigrant and evangelical Church of God communities in Grand Forks history, this second book will look into the broader neighborhood in which my church building sat.
Long-time residents speak of a part of Grand Forks known as "Churchville." That area of the Near Southside neighborhood will be the topic of the next volume in the Community Land Trust Neighborhood History Series. Some more information on the project, along with a map of the general landscape under consideration is available here. I will not be the author of this second volume, as the editors want to provide others the opportunity of producing a short book. With a new class to create (on the topic of American religious history) as wells as the writing project (not related to American Church History), I can't say I'm terribly disappointed. I will provide more info on the new book as soon as I get it.