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Contact Kraft at writerkraft@gmail.com or comment at the end of the blogs


My hope and prayers are that all of you are safe, healthy, and will remain so during these dark times in the USA and the rest of the world.

The 2nd Louis Kraft Collection
is now at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research
& Special Collections

I have been working on a major delivery to the LK Collection in Santa Fe since 2019. Some health issues shut it down for several months but in spring 2020 everything changed. I was pitched to create a second Louis Kraft Collection at UNM’s Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections. The scope has been huge, and the first of two deliveries in 2021 happened in June 2021. The next blog (hopefully before July ends will deal with the this delivery, background, the trip and the following delivery (which will happen in early winter). … Although I’m working seven days each week, I’m not complaining for I love what I’m doing.

What UNM’s Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections is going to house is beyond belief and defines not only my writing life, but my entire life.

Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway
has won the Western Heritage Wrangler and the Colorado Authors League awards for the best nonfiction book of 2020

The book was printed in late February 2020 and became available for purchase on March 12. This book has been a long time coming due to the amount of research that I had to complete as well as having to figure out how to piece the parts together in a linear and readable fashion. This is always the key to my writing, regardless if nonfiction or fiction.

As I haven’t placed many photos of the Wrangler award on my website/blogs I took this image on June 6. The Wrangler is 18 pounds and is totally awesome. I’m one lucky cowboy twice over. (photo © Louis Kraft 2021)

The Western Heritage Wrangler award is without a doubt the best award I’ll ever win for my nonfiction books and articles that deal with the 1860s on the western frontier. This is my second Wrangler award. The first was for “When Wynkoop was Sheriff” in 2012 (Wild West magazine, April 2011). Ned Wynkoop has been a key player in my life with many articles and talks about him, some plays, a major biography (Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road from Sand Creek, University of Oklahoma Press, 2011, see Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road from Sand Creek). More, he plays a major role in Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway. Why? It’s simple. He went from being a racist (typical of Anglo-Americans living on the frontier in the 1860s) to someone in 1864 who, without orders (he was a major in the First Colorado Volunteer Cavalry), attempted to end the 1864 Cheyenne war in Colorado Territory when he realized that Cheyennes and Arapahos were human beings. A lot happened—read the books, mainly that he evolved from being a racist to a person who stood firmly for Indian rights and because of this became the most hated man in Colorado Territory.

See Sand Creek and the Tragic End of a Lifeway for links to various sellers of the book as well as background on the project.

Errol & Olivia is LK’s major project

No more side roads and no more surprises, my manuscript on Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland’s life and times during the eight films they made together will not be preempted again. This has been a long time coming, but will be well worth the wait. By the way, the scope of the story has increased, and this is good. See Errol & Olivia for background on the project. … My follow-up nonfiction book is currently titled Errol Flynn: The Defining Decade. I have research in-house, but hope to again spend two days each week at the USC Warner Bros. Archives beginning in July.

Kraft talks

Currently there are no talks scheduled for 2021 due to not only the pandemic but also LK’s workload.

Welcome to the Louis Kraft writing website

After a long hiatus—don’t ask—the website pages have been
updated. Some have been deleted and new ones have been added.
My apologies for taking so long to complete this work (which is still
ongoing), but you have my promise that it won’t happen again.

The goal is to explore where I’ve been and where I’m headed while entertaining you and updating you on the status of my life, events, and projects. The goal is to be loose and free while not preaching. As you see, there are a number of tabs (and information will change on them whenever appropriate) but this website will not be static, for I have control. It also has a blog (and if you followed me elsewhere you know that I’m open to discussing whatever catches my fancy). The blog entries will be categorized, and linked to specific categories that appear on the right side of the screen, for example: “Sand Creek Massacre,” “Cheyenne Indians,” “Ned Wynkoop,” “Errol Flynn,” “Olivia de Havilland,” “Thailand,” “Green Card,” “racism,” and so on. There will also be Kraft categories for when I explore myself and the craziness of life or when I mix my writing with my life or when I just need to let off steam. Nothing will be sacred on the blog … unless it’s harmful to yours truly, or anyone else (living or dead). “Harmful” also includes racist prose, which will not be tolerated. If desired, add comments at the end of each post. All you’ll need is your name and email address.

A few words about PressHarbor

Those of you familiar with my work know that I have a fair amount of skills,
but I’m not an engineer and I struggle with code.

PressHarbor is the full-service Word Press web host for my website/blog.

I need to be up front with my view of PressHarbor, and specifically its founder John Keegan, for they have been absolutely magnificent!

As stated above I’m not technical and when forced to deal with code I am often wading through a minefield of potential disaster. … Every time that I have had a problem, John and his staff have responded quickly and resolved the issue. Some of my problems have been simplistic (although I didn’t realize it), but others have been beyond my capability. Regardless, I have always received fast and courteous service.

PressHarbor also makes certain that the current version of their software is updated, and reminds me to update my template and plugins if I have failed to do so. At times when my website/blog has slowed to a crawl John immediately did what was necessary to fix the problem. More important he and his team have made my website/blog very secure.

John and PressHarbor are about to release a “major overhaul” to their platform that sounds massive and includes a new website, the addition of more powerful servers, and more hosting plans. I am thrilled that PressHarbor is my host, and am looking forward to our continued association over the coming years.