History Sandwiched In Lecture

History Sandwiched In: Re-examining the American Pioneer Spirit Through the Extended Family of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

12:15-1 pm

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Ingalls Sisters

Carrie, Mary, and Laura Ingalls, ca. 1880, six years after leaving Wisconsin. LAURA INGALLS WILDER HISTORIC HOME & MUSEUM

North Americans know Laura Ingalls Wilder best as the author of eight books based on her late-nineteenth-century pioneer childhood in the Midwest. These books portray a romanticized image of the individual and self-reliant pioneer; however, historical evidence shows a much more complex image of family connections and parallel family movement. Discover what the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s extended family can tell us about pioneer life with Jennifer Van Haaften, Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and former Associate Director at Old World Wisconsin.

Next Event in the Series

The next event in the series will take place Tuesday, April 3. 




Wisconsin Historical Museum
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI 53703

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Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store ― located on Madison's Capitol Square

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The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.