PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Author and Exhibit Explore Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Peoria Public Library North Branch will welcome Laura Ingalls Wilder historian Caroline Fraser for a program about her new book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder on Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m.
The North Branch of the library is off Allen Road behind Menards.
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 talk will explore 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.
Copies of Prairie Fires will be available for sale and signing, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Peoria Public Library.
The North Branch will also host a display from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri from 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.
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.