I just got the sad news that Kitty Latane, the longtime editor of the Notes from Pepin — the official newsletter of the Laura Ingalls Wilder organization in Pepin, Wisconsin — has resigned from her position. Latane (pronounced Lah-tan-ay) has done a marvelous job with this newsletter, and I’m sure all of Laura fandom will join me in giving her a round of applause for all her hard work.
Kitty has been a major force in keeping the Laura in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin. She organizes the Buckskinner Rendezvous/traditional craft demonstration as well as the essay contest, and she presents a fascinating program on Pepin’s history at the time Laura lived there and which buildings still remain from that time. Kitty is also the co-author of The Village of Pepin at the Time of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Kitty is known worldwide as a tinsmith, and she makes a limited-edition tin cookie cutter in a Laura design for each September’s Laura Days celebration. Here’s Kitty’s website about her tinsmithing.
Her husband, Tom, who also does a lot with the craft demonstration, has a separate page with photos of their shop and forge. Be sure to visit their shop on the main street of Pepin if you visit.
Sarah S. Uthoff, Trundle Bed Tales