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Celebrate the Life and Works of Laura Ingalls Wilder

By Karla Wilkinson

The entire month of February at Peoria Public Library is dedicated to celebrating the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie series was born in Pepin, Wisconsin on February 7, 1867, and became famous for the fictionalized account of her family’s role in settling the West. The North Branch will host a display from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri February 5 to 28. This panel display contains photographs and information relating to Mrs. Wilder, her famous “Little House” books and America’s westward expansion.

In addition, Peoria Public Library will welcome Laura Ingalls Wilder historian Caroline Fraser for a program about her new book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ms. Fraser’s book uses historical records to fill in the gaps in Wilder’s biography to reveal the truth behind the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical novels. The visit by Ms. Fraser to the North Branch on February 22 at 6:00 p.m. will include a talk about the relationship between Laura and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. An author herself, Rose encouraged and influenced her mother’s writing, while her own works were of a wildly different nature. Rose’s most famous work was probably Let the Hurricane Roar, but she is also known for writing controversial and fraudulent biographies of famous people. Guests at Ms. Fraser’s program will learn about Laura, Rose, and the role of Yellow Journalism. Copies of Prairie Fires will be available for sale and signing, with proceeds benefitting the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

Join us in celebrating the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder by visiting the North Branch in February.

February 5-28: Laura Ingalls Wilder Travelling Exhibit

February 22, 6:00 pm: “Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Creation of the Little House Books” with author Caroline Fraser

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