Program: Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Yankee Woman Is A Curiosity!

Thursday, 9/29, @ 6:00 p.m. Registration Required!

Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main Street, Athol, on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., when we welcome historian & Wilder scholar Melanie Stringer in her portrayal of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Beloved children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder is brought to life in a first-person interpretation, featuring a visit with the adult Laura as she might have been.  Melanie Stringer presents the real Laura-pioneer, teacher, farmer, mother, journalist, and author.  “A Yankee Woman is a Curiosity” is a fact filled program designed to offer an interactive experience with Laura fans of all ages.  Learn about the cultural difference and similarities between pioneers of the West, their folks “Back East” and several places in between. 

Stringer’s intent is to offer a glimpse into the “real: Laura-an ordinary American-whose writing is deserving of the distinction as a lasting contribution to the understanding of America’s unique cultural heritage.”

Melanie holds a BA in American Literature and History from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH.  She is a charter member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association.  She is pursuing a Masters of Education in Heritage Studies while undertaking research into Ingalls and Wilder Families New England ancestry.  This research provides the basis for all Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder projects, and is a primary element of all of her Meet Laura living history presentations. You may learn more about Melanie Stringer at her website

This library program is free and open to the public.

Please call the library to sign up at 978-249-9515.  Due to popularity of programs, registration is required. 

This performance is funded in part by a grant from the Athol Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a State Agency, and the Friends of the Athol Public Library.