Today's post will help you take an armchair or real life tour of the places Laura Ingalls lived as a child.
William Anderson's The Little House Guidebook, Harper Collins (1996, 2007) nicely photographed by Leslie A. Kelly, is a great resource if you want to trace Laura's trek from the Little House in the Big Woods near Pepin, Wisconsin, to the Little House on the Prairie in Montgomery County, Kansas, to Walnut Grove, Minnesota, On the Banks of Plum Creek, to De Smet, South Dakota, site of The Long Winter, By the Shores of Silver Lake, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. There are also references to Malone, New York, the boyhood home of Laura's husband, Almanzo Wilder, whose childhood is recounted in her book, Farmer Boy. http://www.amazon.com/Little-House-Guidebook-William-Anderson/dp/0064461777
I'm heading back "home" to South Dakota later this week with my son Tim and his family to attend the 40th Annual Brookings Summer Arts Festival www.bsaf.com and the 40th Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant. http://www.desmetpageant.org/ . I was born in the tiny town of Ramona, in Lake County, South Dakota, near another prairie lake, Lake Badus. De Smet is in neighboring Kingsbury County. This year, the pageant will reenact scenes from By the Shores of Silver Lake. In that book, Ma and the girls stayed at the surveyor's house in De Smet during a long, cold winter while Pa went to work on the railroad. The pageant is great family fun. Bring your own lawn chair, a blanket, and mosquito repellent!
I'll be "unplugged" from my computer July 8-10, but I'll take photos and, of course, I'll share them with you, dear readers, when I return.
LeAnn aka pasqueflower