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Book Talk with Author Barbara Ortwein

Book Talk and Signing Featuring German Author Barbara Ortwein


The public is invited to a book talk and signing sponsored by the Genealogy Department of the Hillsboro City Library featuring German author and genealogist Barbara Ortwein. This free event will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 10 am to 11 am at the Hillsboro Historic City Hall located at 127 East Franklin Street in downtown Hillsboro. Barbara will play the guitar and sing songs that go with the passages she reads. The book signing will follow the presentation.


Barbara Ortwein has entertained audiences all throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Germany with her unique style of Book Talks. Interspersed in her presentation, she leads the audience in a sing-a-long with her guitar accompaniment of German and English songs relevant to her book’s themes. Barbara often ends her presentations with a rousing song such as Deep in the Heart of Texas! Barbara has done intensive historical research for her trilogy set in the Texas Hill Country.


In her three exciting historic novels, Barbara Ortwein tells the story of the Engelbach family from Germany & their many compatriots who emigrate from Germany to Texas. Having done extensive research in Germany, Texas, and the former Indian Territory (Oklahoma), she has her fictional main characters, the Engelbach family, interact with historic people including many of the actual immigrants involved in the history of German settlements in Texas. You may well be descendants of these historic people in her books!

Barbara Ortwein’s “Book Talks” are family friendly and free to the institutions which accept her presentations, as well as those who attend them.


For questions contact Assistant Library Director Russell Keelin @ 254.582.7385 or by email at rkeelin@hillsborotx.org. Refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to RSVP to this program.

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