L aura Elizabeth Ingalls was born February 7, 1867, in a little log house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura's childhood was spent traveling west by covered wagon, through Indian Territory in Kansas, to Minnesota, and then to Dakota Territory, where she met and married Almanzo Wilder.

Laura's daughter Rose grew up listening to her mother's stories of those pioneer days. She urged her mother to write them down so that other children could enjoy them, as well. So in the 1930s and 40s, Laura recorded her memories of those days of long ago in a children's series known as the "Little House"® books.

Although Laura died on February 10, 1957, at her home in the Ozarks of Missouri, she and her family will live forever in the hearts of her readers.

Laura around 1937
Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.
Used with permission.
Welcome to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl. When readers discover that the "Little House"® books were composed from the childhood memories of the author herself, and are therefore primarily true stories, they inevitably find themselves wondering, "What happened next?"

This site was created to answer that question, and many more. The legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her "Little House"® books continues to grow more than fifty years after her death. Thousands of visitors flock to her "little houses" all over the midwest every year, fans engage in online conversations about the books and their author, and researchers continue to publish new material on a steady basis. Our purpose is to encourage the casual reader to become more involved. We want you to assist us in supporting the legacy of this amazing woman: to purchase the books, to visit and support the homesites, and to further research and education on Wilder-related topics.

We invite you to explore the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder as you navigate our site using the tabs on the left. You will find information on the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites, the characters in the Little House books, the music that Pa's fiddle sang to his girls one hundred years ago, and much more. The information contained in this website is far from comprehensive; it is intended to provide basic information. If you find that your interest is piqued and you want to know still more, we recommend reading the biographies or related interest books found in the Frontier Girl Mercantile. All profits are donated to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homesites for continued preservation of Wilder history.

If you have questions about Laura Ingalls Wilder and cannot find the answers on our site using our Index Page, you may email us; however, we receive many emails about our site and are not always able to answer them efficiently. You may get a quicker response through our message board. To stay updated on Wilder-related events or updates to the website, subscribe to the Frontier Girl blog.

"Little House"® is a registered trademark of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. The information on this site was gathered from many sources, including publications by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Bill Anderson. We do not represent any official Wilder society. Our purpose is to support the societies and provide general information to promote further interest in Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books. Information on our pages may not be used without permission.

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Last updated May 19, 2008