The Almanzo & Laura Ingalls Wilder Association will hold their annual meeting on
January 26, 2024. All members and interested persons are invited to attend a dinner
get-together at the As You Like It Café in Malone, NY.
A special program, rescheduled from 2023, will be presented by guest historian, Melanie Stringer.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books are fiction, but very often their content is perceived by readers as so 'realistic' as to be factual representations of American life in the 19th century. Historian Melanie Stringer presents Hidden in Plain Sight, a program exploring Wilder's Farmer Boy through the historical, cultural, and geographical context of the novel. How does Wilder's telling of Almanzo's experiences align (or not) with the historical truth? What information can we add to the narrative when we discuss the hidden-in-plain-sight presence/absence of the Mohawk community? These and other questions often overlooked in conversations about Farmer Boy will be addressed in this interactive presentation.
Melanie Stringer is a New England-based Interdisciplinary public historian, museum professional, and lifelong Wilder scholar. Owner of Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder/Laura Ingalls Wilder in Context, Melanie presents a series of lively, interactive, fact-based public history programs exploring the life, work, and historical context of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Dinner reservations at $25 each can be made by January 22nd. Entrée options are baked haddock, pot roast, chicken alfredo or vegetable primavera. Soup, salad bar, dessert, and coffee are included. Social half hour at 5:00, followed by dinner at 5:30. Program will follow at approximately 6:15. Please call 518-521-3023 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are also appreciated by January 24th for those who will attend without the meal to plan for seating. Dinner reservations can also be made at https://almanzosgeneralstore.com/annual-meeting-2024-dinner/