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January 2011 Archives

Laura_Ingalls_Wilder.jpgUpcoming immersion focuses on the life and times of quintessential prairie girl Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books are beloved for their portrayal of the pioneering Ingalls family as they established their home on the Midwestern prairie during the 1800s. Based on the author's life, they have been widely read for the past 75 years and adapted into numerous television shows, films, and stage plays.

Not only are the books a treasured piece of popular culture, they also offer valuable insight into the real lives of people who settled in this area during the westward expansion of the late 19th century, and provide a picture of the political, economic, ecologic, and social climate of the times.

Says Amy Mattson Lauters, professor of mass communication at Minnesota State University-Mankato, "Laura took pains when she was writing to make things as accurate as possible. She was aware that she was telling her own story, but she also knew she was writing history and she was careful to get it right."

Lauters, who is an expert on the writings of both Wilder (pictured above), and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, will be one of the presenters at the winter LearningLife Immersion, From the Big Woods to the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Books, on February 26.