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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) was born near Pepin, where she spent most of her childhood until her pioneer family headed further west. In her mid-sixties she recreated these years in her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods, which proved so popular she went on to write 6 more stories about her girlhood. Her experiences were similar to those of many children who grew up in the Wisconsin wilderness in the mid-19th century. Here Mrs. T.S. Kelley recalls her girlhood in Sparta, and in this memoir W.W. Warner describes his boyhood in Baraboo. You can experience what life was like in "Little House" days by coming to Old World Wisconsin's Livin' Life Like Laura summer camp this year. What happens at our summer camps? Read this article about two girls who attended a couple years ago.
:: Posted in Curiosities on February 7, 2005
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