“Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: The Continuing Collaboration.”, _____. “Laura of the Little House.”, Smith, Susan Atteberry. During this time, Laura wrote an autobiography that was never published. “The spirit of the frontier was one of humor and cheerfulness no matter what happened … It shines through all the volumes of my children’s novel.”. After a year, the family made a short return to Wisconsin before moving to Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society are the protectors and archivists of Laura’s well known childhood days in South Dakota. Hively, Kay. First, hail destroyed their wheat crop and then their barn burned, along with the grain and hay they stored in it. Realizing the necessity for a long-term strategic growth and campus plan, combined with the day to day operation of the museum, an ambitious, phased Master Plan project was initiated. Opinions from the board of directors varied between the need for only annual maintenance and upkeep, to long-term visioning for future generations with the expansion of the museum, new education programming, and full restoration and enclosure of its signature building, the Surveyor’s House. What’s happening in and around the museum. “Closing the Circle: The American Optimism of Laura Ingalls Wilder.”, Long, Kathy. “Little House on Rocky Ridge.”, Moore, Richard L. “More on the Travels of Laura’s Family.”, Potter, Marian. Two weeks later, their house burned, along with most of their possessions. Unless otherwise noted, © The State Historical Society of Missouri, The State Historical Society of Missouri's Historic Missourians. You can reach out to us through the “Contact Us” page or with a message at 715.600.3729. From October 19 through October 31, 2020 we are open 10 AM – 5 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. The town was saved when two young men, including Laura’s future husband, Almanzo Wilder, risked their lives by going out into the country to bring in a sled full of wheat. The new buildings organize around a courtyard, which becomes the public center of the campus. It received praise and critical acclaim, as did all of the following volumes in the series, which were published between 1933 and 1943. Aside from having multiple libraries, reading rooms, and elementary schools named after her, including in her home towns of Mansfield and De Smet, Laura’s books can still be found on library and elementary school reading lists all over the country. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society maintains this Website dedicated to the historic Ingalls homes in De Smet, South Dakota, most notably the Surveyor’s House mentioned in By the Shores of Silver Lake and the house Charles Ingalls built on Third Street in the town of De Smet. Through the generosity of the Pepin business community and the landowner the Society was fortunate to be able to acquire three acres of land at the original site of Laura’s birth. Just before the move, Laura’s sister Mary had a fever that caused her to go blind, so Laura took on the extra responsibility of caring for Mary and serving as her eyes. The Society is not responsible for the content of the following websites: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Website, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Papers, 1894-1943 (C3633), Missouri Women in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder, National Register Sites: Laura Ingalls Wilder House, Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), Papers, 1894-1943 (C3633), Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, “Author William Anderson tells history of the Rock House at ribbon cutting ceremonies.”, “Laura Ingalls Wilder Won Amazing Success by Simple Pioneer Tales.”, “Laura did write the Little House books.”, “Pioneer Joys, Struggles Spun Into Prairie Legend.”, Anderson, William.