Down at the Depot with Children's Author
Karen Kulinski


I always liked history, but I fell in love with it in college when I read a book called, "The Plain People of the Confederacy."

I had learned about the famous historical figures, the famous battles, the famous events, but after reading that book, I searched out what was happening to all those people who weren't so famous. So that's what this page will contain. Stories and information and things to learn about the "plain people of history."

I also am fascinated by the quirky, unusual and really wild stories about famous historical figures and events that you never read in history books. Some of that will be on this page, too.

Like this historical fact: Confederate General Robert E. Lee traveled throughout the war with a servant to take care of his needs. Lee also traveled with a live chicken to provide him with fresh eggs each day for breakfast!

It's this kind of stuff that hooked me on history, and I hope that I can hook a few more kids on the subject, as well.

And, of course, there will be stuff about railroads and elephants on this page. And probably chickens, too.


The PowerPoint presentation 'Ivy's Journey' follows author Karen Kulinski on her eight-year quest to research, write, rewrite, and submit her manuscript for publication. Told in a fun and interesting way, the program provides vintage circus photos and explains the connection she found between elephants and Tootsie Rolls, and how a bantam chicken named Fayree ended up in her book. The program is suitable for students and adults alike and is flexible time-wise. The author also offers a Q&A after the presentation, and provides handouts tailored to the age and interest of the attendees.

Contact Karen at Depotkaren@​ to arrange for school or library visits.