Next time you travel and you have a choice of staying in a Hampton Inn, you might want to consider it. With the apt title of “Pa Would Be Proud,” a story in South Dakota’s Argus Leader tells us that the hotel chain is responsible for a $20,000 windfall for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society. It’s part of Hampton’s Save-A-Landmark program, which was conceived after guest surveys revealed the concern travelers had for the survival of distinctly American landmarks.
The financial gift will pay for new sidewalks and steps to make the area handicap accessible. Volunteers will sand and repaint siding on the Surveyors’ House, the first home of the Ingalls in Dakota Territory. They also are going to do window repair work on the Ingalls home, built by Pa Ingalls in 1877, and on the first school built in De Smet.
Full story — not very long — is here.