Marian College: Campbellsport author to speak at Common Grounds

Fond du Lac, Wis. — Karen Hartman, the Campbellsport author of The Robin’s Squash and Dream Catcher — The Legend, the Lady, the Woman, will speak at Marian College’s Common Grounds Coffee House Wednesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. 


Hartman’s appearance is rescheduled from July 19, which was canceled due to the death of Hartman’s mother. 

Hartman, who was born to Chinese and Native American parents, is a speaker, author and publisher who believes that there is “beauty within us; sometimes we just have to dig deep inside to pull that person out. … The first thing you should do when you get up in the morning is believe in yourself. Thomas Edison said, ‘I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 things that will not work.”

Hartman shares ancient and original stories that bridge the gap between cultures, incorporating a unique blend of hands-on projects, including dream catchers, basketry, moose hair embroidery, beadwork, personal journals and recipes. She also has a collection of Native American artifacts and raw materials, including hides, arrowheads, porcupine quills, beads and birch bark, used in the daily lives of Native Americans. A display of her moose hair tufting, embroidery and birch bark biting will be exhibited at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery July 6–31.

Hartman’s newest book is The Robin’s Squash, about a Native American girl who loves robins and then has her heart broken when she sees a hawk kill a robin. That summer, however, the girl watches a strange gourd grow in her grandmother’s garden where she had buried the robin.

Hartman’s Dream Catcher is about the Ojibwa legend of the “dream catcher,” a willow hoop woven with sinew in a web-like pattern, hung in lodges or suspended from cradleboards; bad dreams are caught in the web, while good dreams go through the center hole and slide down the feather to the person below.

Gift from the Eagle is about a Native American woman who had a dream of a gift from an eagle as a young girl and, years later, discovers that she had always held a special gift within her heart.

Hartman’s books will be available for sale and signing. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Marian College is a Catholic applied liberal arts college located in Fond du Lac, Wis. The college, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs at its main campus, and a variety of adult accelerated-degree programs in facilities throughout Wisconsin. The size of the College permits a very favorable student–faculty ratio, one of the lowest among Wisconsin colleges. Marian’s academic divisions offer programs of study designed to meet a full range of pre-professional and professional academic needs. The primary divisions and programs include business, education, the arts, sciences, nursing and technology. Marian College is a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice, and joined together by spiritual traditions.