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IHS Press Announces Release of Maria’s Journey

Aug. 16, 2010

For Immediate Release                                                                           

Contact: Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager

(317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org   


Indianapolis—The Indiana Historical Society Press is proud to announce the release of Maria’s Journey, written by Ramon Arredondo and Trisha Hull Arredondo. Maria’s Journey is the inspiring true story of Maria Arredondo, a Mexican citizen who immigrated to the United States as a child in the 1920s.  Maria’s life is traced from an impoverished childhood within the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution to her attainment of U.S. citizenship in 1978.

Maria’s story is similar to those of thousands of immigrants who sacrificed and struggled to achieve the American dream. At 14, she accepted an arranged marriage with Miguel Arredondo, moving first to Texas and eventually to East Chicago, Ind.  She gave birth to 10 children, endured a forced relocation to Mexico, and witnessed the rise of the steel industry and the steelworkers union. She instilled in her children the values of faith, determination, honesty and perseverance while balancing respect for their Mexican heritage with love for America.

Maria’s Journey is the tale of a remarkable woman experiencing love, heartache, passion, betrayal, tragedy and, ultimately, triumph. She lived to see her children become highly regarded in a variety of fields, and at age 97 Maria was named the Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest civilian honor.

About the Authors

Ramón Arredondo’s career has spanned the fields of law enforcement, administration, public policy and business. Currently, he serves as a commissioner of the Ports of Indiana. Trisha (Hull) Arredondo began her career as an educator before becoming a successful advocate for health care and education for women, children and migrants.


Title:                       Maria’s Journey

Illustrations:          black-and-white illustrations

Pages:                    280

Price:                      $19.95                 

Cover:                    Paper

Publication Date: August 2010

ISBN:                      978-0-87195-286-8

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.


For more information and/or images, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org.