EnzArt.net is a gallery of published books by Donald G. Enz. Several of these books are written and illustrated by me, while others are edited works using outside sources for reference material. I have published these books for your enjoyment and hope they live up to the highest standard of publishing.
The original books are primarily poetry written by me over the years. Many of the poems were written with a specific illustration in mind, which accompanies the poem. I try to be entertaining, while still presenting a lesson of life, an observation on the human condition or world affairs.
The edited books, where I have used either diaries, journals or newspapers, are published for general understanding of a person, a time period, or for historical and genealogical research. I firmly believe that knowing the past, either through a single individual's eyes as written in their diaries and journals, or through newspaper accounts of the time period, helps modern man understand the world in which we live.
A growing addition to the book gallery are my edited publications of diaries and journals written by my ancestors, which are both personal and historical. Also, a new series of books about Claytonville and Cissna Park, Illinois are being edited and published by me from articles which first appeared in "The Cissna Park News," beginning in 1930. The paper's owners and I are working together on this project to preserve the history of these two small towns in central Illinois. I am concentrating on two areas with this project, the history of the two towns and the genealogy of the families who lived there.
During the time span covered by this series of books generated by the "News," from 1930 to 1946, the paper was able to publish all of the goings on of the community; e. g. who traveled where; who had someone to dinner; etc. These "gossip columns" no longer exist in today's papers because of privacy issues brought on by modern times. In the 1930s, publishing this information was commonplace and, today, offer a gold mine of genealogical data for family researchers. I can follow the weekly activities of most of my immediate ancestors through these one and two sentence blurbs. They are both amusing and informative. I specifically included all wedding and death notices. This has proved invaluable because when a woman gets married her maiden name is often lost to future generations doing genealogy research. Through these notices, the names become available once more for researchers to investigate the female lineage of their families.