Amy Mattson Lauters, editor/author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, reports that Minnesota State University, Mankato, her academic home, has agreed to host a summer 2010 conference dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.
Specific dates have yet to be finalized. MSU is located in Mankato, Minn., just an hour and a half from Walnut Grove, Minn., site of On the Banks of Plum Creek, and three and half hours from De Smet, S.D., site of the final five Little House books. It’s an hour southeast of Minneapolis, and the regional shopping and commerce hub for south central Minnesota.
Planning for the conference rests in the hands of fans and volunteers, some of whom are meeting for a “Laurapalooza” event in July 2009 in De Smet.
“I’m really excited that my university and my department, Mass Communications, was willing and able to provide space for our summer 2010 meeting,” Lauters said. “Hopefully, this means we can have a large, fan-and-academic meeting that will be fun and fruitful for everyone who participates.”