Laura Ingalls Museum
Laura Ingalls Wilder probably never dreamed how popular her books would become. Over 40 million copies have sold and children have been learning about Laura’s life for nearly 100 years. Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder can visit not one, but five, museums in five states!
Questions and Answers
Question: Why did Laura’s family move so much?
Answer: Laura’s father had an adventurous frontier spirit and didn’t care for crowds so he was always excited to discover new lands and opportunities.
Another reason they frequently moved though was because of financial hardship and ruin. In Walnut Grove, for example, locusts destroyed their crops two years in a row and Laura’s baby brother died.
As an adult, Laura experienced hard times too. During her early marriage, Laura and Almanzo’s crops were destroyed by drought or hail for three years. Their barn and their house burned down and their first child died.
They both got diphtheria, a serious disease, which left Almanzo with a limp for the rest of his life. Still, Laura and Almanzo were happy and they loved farming. Laura published her first story when she was sixty-five years old.
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