|Charles and Caroline Ingalls|
|Maud Hart and Delos Lovelace|
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, featuring replicas galore, a few actual items, and plenty of memorabilia from the television show which my girls have never seen and which have as much to do with the books as--well--which don't have much at all to do with the books. Nevertheless, we're going to blitz through Season One of the show so that we might enjoy the TV memorabilia on its own. I must say, given the amount of the website and museum devoted to the show, the purist in me doubted the chops of the LIW Museum. However, when I called yesterday and hit them up with a random question, fresh from my re-read of Plum Creek, they knew the answer!
Q: After the grasshoppers came and ate all the wheat, where did Pa walk to, to find harvest work?
A: They think he walked to Olmstead County, where his brother Peter was.
|Dude. That's 160.97 miles, or 64 hrs 23 mins of walking.|
We ourselves will be driving that luxurious highway in our luxurious rental car, because after Walnut Grove we'll go straight to Mankato, a.k.a. Betsy Warrington Ray's "Deep Valley." Unfortunately we'll miss the extravaganza scheduled for Betsy's 121st birthday on April 6, but the awesome people at the Betsy-Tacy Society have our private tour scheduled. I repeat: our PRIVATE tour. Oh my word. We're already starting a notebook of questions, so that poor woman doesn't know what she's in for. Everything from, "Was Mr. Meecham (in Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill) based on a real person?" to "Why did Betsy's family get rid of Rena and hire Anna instead?" Not to mention, can we still see the elementary school/Ekstroms' house/library/Baptist church and so on. Applying my 21st century internet stalking skills, I've already located the Lovelace's rental house in Minneapolis for a drive-by because Betsy's Wedding has lots of Joe Willard in it, and I'm all about Joe Willard.
Better cut this off here because I'm planning on re-reading the entire Betsy-Tacy series, and I'm only on Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill. I'll probably also pick up LIW's By the Shores of Silver Lake, too, just to refresh my memory on the Ingalls' leaving Walnut Grove.
I invite you to read along, and watch for more posts on our Literary Dream Tour!