4 Things You Didn’t Know About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Although the world lost Laura Ingalls Wilder 65 years ago, her work continues to be admired and adapted. Here are 4 fun facts about the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ writer.

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1. Wilder Was A Journalist, Too

In addition to her fictional novels, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote as a columnist for over ten years at a small publication called “Missouri Ruralist”. Her pieces ranged from stories about her childhood to the struggle of farm life. One of her columns, “As a Farm Woman Thinks” was enjoyed by many rural readers.

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2. She Was Related To Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roosevelt and Wilder were distant cousins, through Wilder’s great-grandmother Margaret Delano Ingalls. While Wilder was known to disagree with the 32nd president’s politics, it is still interesting to think that these two figures shared some genealogy. 

3. She Survived A Horrible Natural Disaster

Wilder was not even ten years old when a cloud of 3.5 trillion locusts descended upon her family’s farm. The disaster caused billions of dollars worth of damage from the Dakotas to Texas. Many families, including the Ingalls, were on the brink of starvation and used federal aid in order to survive. (For more on this disaster, check out  Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier by Jeffrey A. Lockwood)

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4. She Has A Museum Dedicated To Her

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum is just one of many places you can visit if you love Wilder and her work. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Gift Store is located in Pepin, Wisconsin, and is operational from May to October. The museum features a cabin that is modeled after the cabin in Wilder’s book Little House in the Big Woods. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum is not the only location dedicated to the famous author. For more Wilder-related locations, check out The Wilder Homestead MuseumLittle House on the Prairie Museum, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum!

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