LauraPalooza 2012

LauraPalooza 2012: What Would Laura Do? [See photos here]

July 12-14, 2012 at Minnesota State University at Mankato, Minnesota
Winners of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy Award: Barbara Walker and Shirley Knakmuhs


  • Performance by Alison “Nellie Oleson” Arngrim
  • Keynote by LIW biographer William Anderson
  • Little House Cookbook author and Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy Award Winner  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
  • Spelling Bee and Silent Auction
  • Special post-conference field trip to Walnut Grove, Minnesota — the setting for On the Banks of Plum Creek
  • Dean “Almanzo Wilder” Butler and Dale Cockrell of Pa’s Fiddle Recordings speaking on the PBS Little House music special filmed earlier that year in Nashville.
  • Camp Laura for kids grades K-6

LauraPalooza In The News


The Chicago Tribune recounts LauraPalooza 2012.