Laura Visits Laura

Say what you will about the man who’s served as this country’s president for the first eight years of the 21st century, but his wife has darned good taste in books.

Back in 2002, Laura Bush invited board members of De Smet’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society (as well as Laura heavyweights Bill Anderson, John Miller, and Les Kelly) to a special symposium at the White House. Last spring she told Newsweek that reading the Little House series was one of her greatest literary memories.

And this weekend, the press in Springfield, Missouri — big sister to Laura’s hometown of Mansfield — is reporting that Mrs. Bush will be visiting Rocky Ridge next Friday, October 3. Mansfield residents, justifiably, are giddy with anticipation, preparing the town’s Sunday best.

No doubt, if she’s the fan she says she is, she’ll be mesmerized. I’d go if I could, but it’s too long of a trip to make at the last minute. I hope fans who are close by can make it. If you do, please report back!

Seems like as good a reason as any to reinstate Rocky Ridge Day …


5 Responses to Laura Visits Laura

  1. Dakotagirl says:

    Seems like as good a reason as any to reinstate Rocky Ridge Day …

    Excellent idea to me Sandra. I was only able to visit Rocky Ridge Day one time, and it was the last one they had. It was great fun and I hope someday that some form of it can be started again. I have always thought it would be great to have some presentations by Connie, Sarah Sue, etc at Rocky Ridge. There are some great authors who could be invited. I have a feeling that money was the main reason it was discontinued and with gasoline being so expensive now, it might be just a pipe dream.

  2. Laura says:

    I want to go!

  3. Laura says:

    I thought I was at the last RR day but maybe not. It just got to be the same thing every year with the same music and the same speakers.

  4. Dakotagirl says:

    You were at the one I was at Laura, so you were at the last one. I really admire Laura Bush and would love to meet her, or at least get a look at her.

  5. Sarah Sue says:

    When I asked them about Rocky Ridge Day the last time I was down in Mansfield (sadly 4 years ago now), they were really trying to put all their focus on getting back the last of the Wilder land (which I believe they have now), putting in the walking trail, and most especially building a new museum (which they have been fundraising for). Events had fallen off the priority list, although many of features of Rocky Ridge Day (being allowed to go upstairs, playing Pa’s fiddle) have been transferred to the Wilder Days celebration. They seem to feel that their isn’t anybody left who has enough drawing power for a day of its own. If other people feel differently, please let them know that you’d be willing to commit to come (politely and preferrably in writing and on paper). While your keyboard is humming, go ahead and let Hoover know you’d be more than willing to come for a conference too. 😉

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