Seeking Laura Ingalls Wilder Letters and Photographs of Sites During her lifetime as an author, Laura Ingalls Wilder responded to every fan letter she received, until the last 6 months of her life. She saved the fan letters she received and all are carefully preserved. Ironically, her responses were scattered to the four winds and while some of come safely to rest in museums, archives, and libraries across the country, others currently reside in scrapbooks, the backs of drawers, in musty files, and in old shoe boxes tied up with ribbon and carefully put away. As interest in Laura continues to grow, now is the time to bring those letters to light.
Please help me make sure those letters aren't lost forever. In conjunction with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, I'm 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. We are 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. If it would be easier, you could also scan them and send them by e-mail. Thank-you for your help and please help to spread the word.
Send photocopies to:
Sarah Uthoff Trundlebed Tales P.O. Box 111 Solon IA 52333
Questions? Contact me at:firstname.lastname@example.org This project has now appeared in The Involvement (Heritage Agency on Aging), the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Dottie Ray Show on KXIC, on KMRY, in the Society for the History of Children and Youth Newsletter, in Cappers (formerly Cappers Weekly), and in Geography News (Geography Alliance of Iowa). Please keep it going and pass the word along.