Welcome to the WordPress home of Melanie Stringer, historian and owner/operator of Dakota Yankee Research and Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder, LLC, a first-person, interactive history programming experience featuring presentations in the persona of beloved author Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1900. Melanie presents the real person behind the stories–Laura, as she might have been, as a young farm wife and mother.
Melanie travels extensively across the U.S. for the dual purposes of presenting these and other educational programs while conducting extensive research into the lives and experiences of the Ingalls and Wilder families. She is particularly occupied with exploring Laura’s ancestral connections within New England, and is currently working on her first book, Folks Back East: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Ancestors in New England, which will be a detailed survey of her Ingalls-Wilder findings. Possibly extending to 3 volumes, the first volume is slated for publication in 2022…all rights reserved, of course!