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Seeking Laura Ingalls Wilder Letters
While the fan letters Laura Ingalls Wilder received have been carefully saved, many of her responses are unknown, tucked away safely by their lucky recipients. One loyal fan is launching a campaign to make sure they aren't lost forever.
By: Trundlebed Tales
Please help make sure those letters aren't lost forever. In conjunction with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, repected Wilder authority Sarah S. Uthoff is seeking photocopies of Laura letters. These would be scholarly study copies only and will be deposited in the newly built archive room at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
Uthoff is also seeking photos of any of the Wilder museum sites pre-1985 or photos of any special local Wilder events, such as gingerbread parties that you might have attended. Copies are accepted by photocopy, photograph, or scan sent by by e-mail. Thank-you for your help and please help to spread the word.
Send photocopies to:
P.O. Box 111
Solon IA 52333
Questions? Contact me at:
Uthoff has long been tracking letters in archives across the country and her campaign has brought to light several in libraries across the country, such as the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library and the Grand Forks (Nebraska) Public library. Individuals from Iowa City to California have also contributed letters to the collection.
Interest in Wilder is high this year because it is the 75th anniversary of the publication of her first book, "Little House in the Big Woods." It is also the 50th anniversary of two the memorial societies founded in her honor the year she died and the 150th anniversary of her husband, Almanzo James Wilder's, birth. To learn more about Uthoff, the quest for letters, or the many celebrations of Wilder planned this year, visit http://www.trundlebedtales.com