LauraPalooza 2012 Overview



LauraPalooza 2012:


What Would Laura Do?

The second ever multi-day conference of its kind for fans, educators, and academics who love Laura Ingalls Wilder … Three days of research and fandom!


 July 12-14, 2012  

 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 

 Minnesota State University at Mankato 

Mankato, Minnesota

Not to be missed: 

  • Special performance by Alison “Nellie Oleson” Arngrim
  • LIW biographer William Anderson
  • Little House Cookbook author Barbara Walker
  • Authors’ reception including Barbara Walker, The Wilder Life author Wendy McClure, My Life As Laura author Kelly Ferguson, and others
  • The return of the National Weather Service’s Barbara Mayes Boustead and physics teacher/Laura fan Jim Hicks
  • Original research and insight on Laura, her life, and her books
  •  Conference-ending Spelling Bee and Silent Auction
  • Special post-conference field trip to Walnut Grove, Minnesota — the setting for On the Banks of Plum Creek!

Also on the schedule is a special presentation by Dean “Almanzo Wilder” Butler and Dale Cockrell of Pa’s Fiddle Recordings about the PBS Little House music special filmed last January in Nashville.

New this year! Camp Laura for kids grades K-6 (while parents are attending the conference)

Lodging options both on campus (dormitory suites; lodging package includes all meals) and off campus (special rates at local hotels; meals not included) — SOLD OUT

Travel by air
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport: less than two hours’ drive

To register, go here. For FAQs about the conference, go here. To ask your own question, send an email. See you in July!

3 comments on “LauraPalooza 2012 Overview
  1. laura says:

    Is the final schedule set yet? Should we be recieving anything in the mail that we need to bring or just have the e-mail confirmation that we rec’d?

  2. Steve Luse says:

    Are there any 2012 conference booklets available that someone could purchase?

    • Sarah Uthoff says:

      They are still doing inventory, but once that’s complete it looks like there will be some available and one will be sent to everyone who had an ad.