From Ohio to Mankato

The Countdown to LauraPalooza 2015 has begun. Before we pack our bags and head to South Dakota for a weekend of education, celebration and fun, some of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy & Research Association board members are taking a look back—or forward—at some of the good times you can expect.

After attending the Laura Ingalls Wilder conference in 2010, and attending and participating in 2012, I am anticipating with excitement the conference in 2015.

It is hard to describe what fun it is to be with other LIW enthusiasts , who share the same level of passion for the stories, the woman, and her literary legacy.  It truly is a unique experience.

Besides chatting with the people at the conference,  one of my favorite presentations was ; Dr George Tann, Black Frontier Physician, by Susan Thurlow.  She shed light on the man behind the character who appears so briefly in Little House on the Prairie, without whom there may not have been a series of books.

It was the type of information we Laura people hunger to know.

Linda Halprin’s Quilting demonstration and display was  also spectacular.  As someone who struggles when sewing on a button, I can appreciate such talent.

Dove in the Window pattern, mentioned in THGY.

The massive volume and beauty of her work was eye popping!

My husband, Ed, who, (was dragged), accompanied me to Mankato both years, refers to the conference as, “going into my Laura trance.”   The first year he found golf courses and hiking trails, but he informed me he would not make the trek again as there was not enough for him to do.

When I informed him the next conference would be in South Dakota, he wavered, and is mulling over “Driving Miss Daisy” again, as he calls it.  I promised not to haul so much next time, so his clubs will fit.  Hopefully Brookings and DeSmet can offer a few tee times to accommodate him.

One way or another, I will get myself there.  Hoping all of you will join us!

Judy Green is a board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. To learn more about LauraPalooza 2015 click here. We’ll see you in Brookings!


Posted in LauraPalooza 2010: Legacies, LauraPalooza 2012, LauraPalooza 2015
3 comments on “From Ohio to Mankato
  1. Brookings isn’t too far of a drive from Sioux Falls, where there is quite a bit to keep accompanying spouses/significant others occupied! There are numerous golf courses, museums, and other such activities.

  2. Marie says:

    Judy, and YOUR presentation was terrific, too. I understand needing to leave some stuff at home next time, but you gotta bring the pig’s bladder again! 🙂

  3. Linda Halpin says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Judy. It was such fun to gather up quilts to share with you all. Loved being a part of the excitement!