Nancy Westlake is a long time volunteer at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. She researched in the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Papers at the Hoover Library and constructed 4 lesson units on Wilder that are available for free on the Hoover Website. They are: “Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family,” “De Smet, South Dakota in the 1880s,” “Farmer Boy,” and “Pioneer Counting Book.” These lesson units have proven very popular with teachers and were used extensively by the teachers at the first Teacher Day sponsored by the Ingalls Homestead.
Read them here:
Westlake works with Hoover Education Curator Mary Evans to put on interactive Iowa Communications Network presentations for classes of school children across Iowa. Westlake also does special tours with the Christmas exhibit and portrays Mary Todd Lincoln and Friendly Lucas (Iowa’s 1st Governor’s wife) when needed. Recently Westlake was honored by the NARA. She was chosen the 2009 Weidman Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. The ceremony was held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009.
Sarah S. Uthoff,