About the Author
Marjorie K. Albers, whose ancestors immigrated to Amana from Germany with the Inspirationists (the group that founded Amana) earned a bachelor of arts degree at Iowa State University in Ames and a master of arts degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She taught courses on European and American historic furnishings at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has extensive experience as a practicing designer. Peter Hoehnle, whose Amana ancestry traces back ten generations, earned a PhD in agricultural history and rural studies from Iowa State University. He has written numerous articles on communal, agricultural, and Iowa history. He authored "The Amana People: The History of a Religious Community" (Penfield Books, 2003), and received the Throne Aldrich Award for an article published in the Annals of Iowa, a publication of the State Historical Society of Iowa. He is an elder in the Community of True Inspiration.