Both Malone and Burke, New York are in Franklin County. The Franklin County historical society, calls itself the “Franklin House of History.” Re-organized in the early 1960s, it served as a de facto Laura site for many years. It was only in the mid-1980s that separate organization devoted especially to Laura, Manly and the rest of the Wilder family formed. Prior to that it was the Franklin House of History that sponsored the yearly display at the Franklin County Fair, hosted a Wilder exhibit, and published things about the Wilders. The “Almanzo Wilder Stories” newsletter celebrating their anniversary in the early 1980s is still available from the Franklin House. They also hold Eliza Jane and Alice’s papers.
What’s new is they have started reprinting, in book form, their early, and long out of print newsletters. Available in both softcover or hardback they are in three books, Collection 1 (Vol. 1-5), Collection 2 (Vol. 6-10), and Collection 3 (just out – Vol. 11-15). I haven’t seen these first hand because I got the originals second hand, but if you haven’t I think this would be great. Collection 1 has Dorothy Smith’s early Wilder articles.
You can contact them at:
Franklin House of History
P.O. Box 388
Malone NY 12953
UPDATED March 25, 2016: I moved the website link up into the body of blog post and added the Malone photo. Be sure to check out the comment from Peter Ingalls decedent below.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.