Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!


Our Independence Day celebrations may be a far cry from the ones Laura Ingalls Wilder celebrated as a girl, but it's still important to recall the birth of this great nation and to remember all who have died to protect our freedoms. 

The Little House books often shared the importance of this holiday. In this article on Bustle, you'll find the author believes the old fashioned Fourth of July celebrations are one thing that draw readers to the books. You can check it out at http://www.bustle.com/articles/41693-8-little-house-on-the-prairie-scenes-that-still-make-us-want-to-be-pioneer-girls

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Reminder: Vote for LEGO® Ideas Plum Creek - The Little House on the Prairie

Reminder to vote at the LEGO® Ideas project page for a fan-created Plum Creek - The Little House on the Prairie. It is gathering support. At 8009 votes, we're a bit shy of the required 10,000 votes.

Visit https://ideas.lego.com/projects/108635 for more details and to show your support.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Investors Business Daily Article on Michael Landon




In the Leaders and Success section of Investors Business Daily you'll find this article on Michael Landon and how his largest role was in fostering family values on TV. Check it out at http://www.investors.com/news/management/leaders-and-success/michael-landon-parented-family-values-on-tv/

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Book for Laura Fans Coming in 2017 from State Historical Society

Found on the South Dakota State News site is the following press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2016
CONTACT:  Jeff Mammenga, Media Coordinator, (605) 773-6000, jeff.mammenga@state.sd.us

New book on Laura Ingalls Wilder coming in 2017 from State Historical Society

PIERRE, S.D.—To celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder in 2017, the South Dakota State Historical Society will release a new book on the writer’s legacy.

In 2014, the South Dakota Historical Society Press released Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” edited by Pamela Smith Hill, which became a national bestseller. The new book, “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder,” edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal, will bring together writers from across the continent to explore the impact that “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” made on our understanding of one of America’s most iconic authors.

“Readers want to know more about Wilder and her creative process,” said Koupal. “This book will gather important voices on topics like Wilder’s collaboration with her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, the influence of Wilder’s personal politics in her personal voice and her lasting place in children’s literature. The national response to ‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ shows how keenly readers want to dig deeper into these topics and others.”

Sales for “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” shot past original expectations, and the book is now in its ninth printing with 165,000 copies in print. A contract for Japanese translation rights is underway between the South Dakota Historical Society Press and Taishukan Publishing.

In addition to “Pioneer Girl Perspectives,” two more volumes dedicated to sharing Wilder’s publishing journey are being planned. The first, slated for publication in 2018, will examine the edited typescripts that came after Wilder’s original, handwritten manuscript and will constitute a rigorous study of Rose Wilder Lane as editor. The second volume will utilize manuscript material leading readers directly from Wilder’s “Pioneer Girl” texts to Wilder’s rough draft of “Little House in the Woods.”

Preorders for “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder” will open in November 2016; the book will be available in the spring of 2017. Wilder was born Feb. 7, 1867, and died on Feb. 10, 1957. More book details will be released by the Pioneer Girl Project on its website pioneergirlproject.org in the coming weeks.

Koupal is director and editor-in-chief of the Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Since 1997, the Press has served its readers and authors with award-winning books and gained a national reputation for excellence. Koupal has over 30 years of editorial experience. She is also a board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, S.D., and did postgraduate work in American literature at the University of Wisconsin.

“Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” is available for $39.95 plus shipping and tax through www.sdshspress.com.

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About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call (605) 773-3458 or visit www.history.sd.gov for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call (605) 394-1936 for more information.

Monday, May 2, 2016

New Release: Visiting Laura's Little Towns by Sandra Hume


For Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, there is nothing quite like going to the scene of the story. Every year—roughly May to October—thousands of fans descend upon the spots the Ingalls family called home in Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. They even visit her husband, Almanzo's, childhood home in New York as well as Mansfield, Missouri, where Laura lived out her adult life. And because the Little House books are for children (even though we adults read them), for generation after generation, these sites are the quintessential family destination.

"Family vacation" sounds idyllic, but parents know that the reality of traveling with little ones doesn't often match the dream. As a parent, traveler, and Laura Ingalls Wilder scholar, Sandra Hume has perfected the art of family travel to the Little House sites. Her "Visiting Laura's Little Towns" series addresses family concerns for this kind of travel. From how far in advance to reserve to what to expect to eat to the must-sees of each site, she guides families through the land of Laura Ingalls Wilder every step of the way.

Visit Laura's little towns ... because you want to go where Laura went.

File Size: 2046 KB
Publisher: Not the Critic Press LLC (May 20, 2016)
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01EXKAORQ


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Opens in Mansfield

Check out this article about the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Mansfield, MO: http://www.ky3.com/content/news/New-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-museum-376797461.html

This is one of the few sites I have visited. Maybe I need another road trip.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Free for Kindle: Pioneer Mixology:: Switchel, Sack Posset, and Shrub by Robynne Elizabeth Miller


A quirky survey of Pioneer beverages. Recipes, tips, and a bit of history explaining the how and why behind what the settlers drank. From clarifying coffee with the swim bladder of a fish (um, YUCK!!) to making coffee substitutes with everything from grape seeds to sweet potatoes, this book examines period beverages and how many of them came into being. A fun, sometimes irreverent (but extremely well-researched!) book perfect for history buffs, homesteaders, beverage aficionados, fans of the prairie lifestyle.

File Size: 925 KB
Print Length: 102 pages
Publisher: Practical Pioneer Press (March 11, 2016)
Publication Date: March 11, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01CVKX8CI


Purchase here!