All day today, LauraLand has been abuzz with news items, excerpts, and interviews with author/editor/LIW historian William Anderson‘s newest work, The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Harper), which hits shelves tomorrow. I’m eagerly anticipating my copies from various sources (yay, interwebs, for making it possible to place orders at multiple non-profit museum shops even when the museums themselves are not yet open for the season!). Have you ordered yours yet?
Here’s Bill’s selection on the use of Laura’s work in the 1948 Japanese Re-education program, which he submitted to TIME Magazine:
Read a Moving Letter From Laura Ingalls Wilder on the ‘Things Worthwhile in Life’
And here is an interview with Bill, conducted by Caroline Fraser, and published today in Slate:
Remember, one of the best ways to show your #LoveForLIW is to support the non-profit museums that preserve her legacy with archives and artifact collections. Your book-buying dollars go further when you spend at these sites, rather than purchasing at mega-marts and corporate conglomerates.
The always delightfully friendly and helpful Amy Ankrum, Director of Walnut Grove, Minnesota’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Tourist Center, was kind enough to take my order directly over the phone. When I spoke with her today, she said the books were due to arrive in the afternoon, and mine would go out in the late mail. If past experience is any judge, I can expect my copy will be in my hands before the week is out!
You can reach Amy and her very knowledgeable staff:
Toll-free phone: (800) 528-7280 (within the U.S.) or: (507) 859-2358
330 8th Street
Walnut Grove, MN 56180
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Gift Shop: http://www.walnutgrove.org/store/
Other Laura museums to purchase from:
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, DeSmet, SD:
(800) 880-3383 or (605)854-3383 or email to: email@example.com
103 Olivet Avenue
DeSmet, SD 57231
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO:
(877) 924-7126 OPEN NOW! Season is 1 March to 15 November 2016.
3068 Highway A
Mansfield, MO 65704
Little House on the Prairie Museum, Independence, KS:
(620) 289-4238 or email to: Lhopmuseumks@gmail.com
2307 CR 3000
Independence, Kansas 67301
(Open 7 Days, April through September, Friday/Saturday/Sunday in October)
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak, IA:
(563) 735-5916 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3603 236th Avenue
Decorah, IA 52101
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin, WI:
306 3rd Street (State Hwy 35)
Pepin, WI 54759
Almanzo Wilder Farm, Burke (Malone), NY:
(518) 483-1207 or email to: email@example.com
177 Stacy Road /PO Box 283
Burke, NY 12953
Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum (Wilder family site), Spring Valley, MN:
(507) 436-7659 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
221 W. Courtland Street
Spring Valley, MN 55975
Little Bessie says: “Please support your favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder museum…or, in this case, ALMANZO Wilder museum!” (Almanzo’s bucolic birthplace at Burke, NY is also known as Almanzo Wilder Farm. And it’s also home to a bunch of Little Bessie’s friends…)
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in DeSmet, SD, is also home to DeSmet’s First School, where Laura and Carrie attended during the now-legendary Hard Winter of 1880-1881.
A setting of Laura’s Rosebud Chintz dinnerware on display at Burr Oak, IA.