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Little House on the Prairie in Jefferson County: Prairie Fires--Author Visit

Guide to author events, library happenings, and resources to learn about Missouri's prairie experience.

Little House in Jefferson County

On October 16th and 17th Jefferson County will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author Caroline Fraser for three appearances. Ms. Fraser will discuss her book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  A wide variety of events and activities around the county will allow all ages to participate in conversations and experiences that enrich our understanding of the Missouri prairie and frontier experience. Crystal City Public Library, De Soto Public Library, Festus Public Library, Jefferson County Library, and Jefferson College Library will host a variety of presentations, book discussions, story times, and more.  Please join us! Registration for author appearances recommended. See information below.

Author Appearances in Jefferson County

Author Appearances Registration

All author appearance events are free and open to the public.

Registration is recommended.


Northwest High School Auditorium Event Registration

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm

Cedar Hill, MO Call 636-677-8186

Ms. Fraser will discuss her book, followed by a Q&A session led by The Leader's Student Advisory Board. She will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.


Jefferson College Library Event Registration *

Thursday, October 17, 2:00 pm

Ms. Fraser will discuss her work, answer questions from campus book group representatives and members of the audience, and sign copies of her book.

Art inspired by the prairie and created by Jefferson College Students, prairie and pioneer literature, an exhibit of American Indian cultural heritage objects, and documents from the Jefferson County History Center will be displayed.

* An ASL interpreter will be present at this event.


Fox Service Center Event Registration

Thursday, October 17,  6:30 pm

Jane Henderson, Book Editor for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, will have a conversation with Ms. Fraser about Prairie Fires. Ms. Fraser will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.

Video Interview on PBS

American Dreams

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. The Little House books were not only fictionalized but brilliantly edited, a profound act of myth-making and self-transformation. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and uncovering the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.

Articles about Prairie Fires

These articles are for the personal use of Jefferson College LIbrary patrons and those participating in the Little House on the Prairie in Jefferson County events. Subject to copyright. Please do not duplicate.

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