Laura researcher Connie Neumann, based in Colorado, reminded me of another fascinating resource: The De Smet News. She (along with several other Laura Ingalls Wilder fans) subscribes to this weekly paper just for the Laura tidbits — and there are plenty!
For example, here’s some of the news from recent issues:
- The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society received a $4000 grant from the South Dakota State Historical Society toward restoration of the Surveyor’s House.
- Old Settlers’ Days are this weekend, June 6-8, at Washington Park. (“Remember Laura and Almanzo went back for this in 1938 and 1939,” Connie reminds us.)
- LIWMS assistant director, Dianne Mollner, was featured in “The Face of DeSmet” on May 7, 2008. The very first sentence read: “You can’t talk to Dianne Mollner without laughing.” (“That’s the truth!” Connie says. “She is always so positive and helpful everytime I visit, and she remembers people, too.”)
The paper is printed on Wednesdays, so it usually arrives in Saturday or Sunday’s mail.