In the summer of 2009, a group of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans and researchers convened in De Smet, South Dakota. We were concerned about Laura Ingalls Wilder scholarship and research. We knew it was happening, but we also knew the outlets for presenting such research were all but nonexistent. We also knew that people like us, concerned with preserving the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder all across this country, needed a true north.
Thus was born the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association.
This singular nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of research surrounding Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, the Little House sites, and their legacies will act as the major sponsor for academic conferences and help support the work of the sites and of independent researchers.
We want to act as a clearinghouse, a gathering space for scholars and fans, academics and educators—all who have something to contribute or who are simply interested in learning more about these remarkable women and the heritage they’ve left behind.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association is the only group in the world that uniformly supports all of Laura’s homesites. We donated $1,000 in 2013 to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, and we intend to make more donations to homesites or other worthy Laura Ingalls Wilder projects in the future. We organize biannual conferences (or close to it) that further scholarship about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. We have the support of longtime LIW authors and researchers, including William Anderson, who called our first LauraPalooza conference “the Cadillac” of conferences. If you love Laura and the Little House books, know this: we do, too. And prove it year after year.
About Our Board
The Board of the LIWLRA is made up of LIW supporters across the country. Each and every one is a volunteer and all offer something unique to contribute. (From time to time we have Board openings. Our nomination form is here.)
How to Become a Member
Membership in the LIWLRA costs $15/year and entitles you to a 10 percent discount on anything you purchase supplied by the Association (including conference registrations). Every dime goes to support the work of the conferences and the Association (including website costs) and to provide you the opportunities to share in the wonderful LIW/RWL research being conducted around the globe.
To become member of the LIWLRA, go here.
We hope you see fit to join the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. The latch-string is always out.