Here's a brief introduction:
Tom Holmquist is a farmer/rancher who lives on the family farm homesteaded by his great-grandfather in 1868 near Smolan, Kansas. He is a retired teacher who taught vocal and instrumental music, history and agriculture in the Smoky Valley school district. He is a graduate of Bethany College and Emporia State University and studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan.
In 1991, the Holmquist family represented Kansas farming and Swedish American Culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C.
Mr. Holmquist published three books on Swedish American Culture and History and the settlement of the Smoky Valley of Kansas, including; Pioneer Cross, Swedish Settlements Along the Smoky Hill Bluffs, 1993; Bluestem, 2000; and “Salemsborg: A History of the Salemsborg Lutheran Church, 1869-1939,” 2019. This book was awarded the 2020 Award of Commendation from the Concordia Historical Institute, St Louis, Missouri, “in recognition of your significant contribution to literature and research in the field of Lutheran archives and history in North America.”
Mr. Holmquist writes about Swedish culture and is a frequent guest speaker on the subjects of Swedish Immigration, Kansas History and Kansas Agriculture.