Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Katharine Kendzy Gingold  

Pen Name: 

Genre: History

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Illinois, Gingold moved to Ohio and Michigan for a few years before returning to raise her children in the Chicago suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gingold studied at: North Park University in Chicago, Knox College in Galesburg and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. She earned a BA in Creative Writing and Fine Arts. Her writing experience includes time spent as a newspaper reporter, copywriter, newsletter editor and online columnist in addition to book author. Gingold now writes about Illinois history for children and speaks to local community groups about Illinois is the 1830's.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Ruth by Lake and Prairie: A Great Lakes Journey To The American Frontier
ISBN: 0979241901

Gnu Ventures Company. 2016

Written for kids ages 8-12, Ruth Murray's journey from her old home in Ohio to her family's new homestead in Illinois is also a quick read for adults who want to know more about America's pioneers in the early nineteenth century.

Objects unfamiliar to twenty-first century readers like "mobcaps" and "braces" are defined and illustrated with simple line drawings helping readers learn more about day-to-day living in the 1830's.

Based on meticulous research, Ruth by Lake and Prairie is the most accurate account of the Telegraph's voyage available, retold in a fresh creative non-fiction voice.

Haunted By History: Spectres in a Small Town
ISBN: 0979241936

Gnu Ventures Company. 2008

You'll learn so much about history, it's scary! Haunted by History: Spectres in a Small Town is a collection of short stories, each about a real historic building in a small midwest town, and each a supernatural tale based on the building's actual history. Written for readers 10 and older, Haunted By History delivering facts about local history dressed up in tales with a little chill to them.

Six Degrees of Abraham Lincoln: Searching Out Lesser-Known Connections in Northern Illinois
ISBN: 0979241944

Gnu Ventures Company. 2009

During his recent 200th birthday we learned a great deal of Abraham Lincoln's life in Springfield and Washington, DC. But what about the Chicagoland area? Do we have any connections to the sixteenth president? Local historian and author Kate Gingold used the "Six Degrees of Separation" theory to find out. While some local Lincoln associations might be a little roundabout, she found many odd and interesting facts that make Lincoln and his times come alive for us today. And there's even a connection to Kevin Bacon!


Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society for ''Ruth by Lake'' and ''Prairie''.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

To inquire about speaking engagements, call Gnu Ventures Company at 630 687-1111 or email her at