Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family represent model pioneers in our culture-- people who conquered the west, broke the land and built America.
But there's more to the story--a series of baffling decisions by Laura's father led to malnutrition, conflict with Native Americans, violence, poverty and even a brush with serial killers.
Author Shelley Tougas discovered Laura's life was much different than the idealized and nostalgic childhood Wilder penned on paper. Tougas will present her research at the Pepin Public Library, Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm, in a presentation called “Everything Laura Ingalls Left Out of Her Novels.”
Tougas read numerous biographies of Wilder and traveled to many of the historic homes sites to research "Laura Ingalls is Ruining My Life." For twenty years, she lived in Mankato, Minn., not far from Walnut Grove, which is the setting for her novel.
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:00pm