Nancy Westlake is a long time volunteer at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. She researched in the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Papers at the Hoover Library and constructed 4 lesson units on Wilder that are available for free on the Hoover Website. They are: “Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family,” “De Smet, South Dakota in the 1880s,” “Farmer Boy,” and “Pioneer Counting Book.” These lesson units have proven very popular with teachers and were used extensively by the teachers at the first Teacher Day sponsored by the Ingalls Homestead.
Read them here: http://hoover.nara.gov/LIW/index.html#educators
Westlake also works with Hoover Education Curator Mary Evans to put on interactive Iowa Communications Network presentations for classes of school children across Iowa. Westlake also does special tours with the Christmas exhibit and portrays Mary Todd Lincoln and Friendly Lucas (Iowa’s 1st Governor’s wife) when needed. Recently Westlake was honored by the NARA. She was chosen the 2009 Weidman Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. The ceremony was held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009.
UPDATED May 7 2016: Since this post Westlake has pulled back from volunteering at Hoover and Mary Evans has retired and been replaced. Her curriculum and support materials are still available on the Hoover site and appear to still be in use by teachers. I also added my current signature block.
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.