In April of 1897 Mrs. Hermann Kotzschmar of Portland, Maine made her first, eagerly anticipated trip to Europe. She traveled with seven others from Maine, including her daughter Dorothea who was between her second and third year at Smith College. During her five months away, Mrs. Kotzschmar sent 23 letters back to Portland's Daily Press and to The Kennebec Journal in Augusta. It was customary in this period for travelers to keep a diary, either in the form of a personal journal or as letters to family. It was more unusual to send such letters back to the local newspaper. The newspapers printed a disclaimer following the end of the first letter: "The Press will publish from time to time letters from Mrs. Kotzschmar describing her tour through Europe. These letters will probably appear weekly, the one we publish above is a guarantee that they will be bright, interesting and well worth reading." Twenty-two more letters, one written each week, were actually published. This book by Janice Parkinson-Tucker is the first in a series of books about the Kotzschmar family, also including "Behind the Pipes: the Story of the Kotzschmar Organ," and "Hermann Kotzschmar: An Appreciation." 2004 paperback, 278 pages.