Pioneer Girl

Long, long ago back before I knew near as much about Laura Ingalls Wilder as I do now I read in an actual book that Roger Lea MacBride was

Me Waiting for Pioneer Girl to be Published the first time
Me Waiting for Pioneer Girl to be Published the first time

announcing that in 1984 Pioneer Girl (the unpublished Laura Ingalls Wilder autobiography) would be published. All through 1983 I talked about it – A LOT! I was so excited that it was going to be published. I was practically dancing January 1, 1984, the wonderful year was finally here! I was so happy Pioneer Girl would be out any day! Not just photocopies of the manuscript, but published, published!

Flashforward 28 years (and one more firm announcement that it would be published that fell through) and South Dakota State Historical Society Press announced that they were going to release the book in July 2012. I pre-ordered of course, but I’m no longer counting any chickens. I’m starting to think I’m not meant to see it happen because once again it’s been delayed again. Here is the report:


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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

2 thoughts on “Pioneer Girl”

  1. As someone who has published three books (two with major US publishers, one by an indie publisher) I have to say this is really strange. 28 years! And it’s an autobiography? This means that it’s the commentary on the book that is taking so much time. I wish they would just publish it. In my experience, research never ends. Sooner or later you have to say DONE. You can always put out a second edition with more, updated info if you need to.


    1. To be fair, the two attempts to publish it through HarpersCollins fell apart through management/priorities changes at HarperCollins rather than the people doing the annotating. For some reason HarperCollins has been more interested in making more American Girl like products than publishing more of Laura’s own work. As far as this time goes, what I know is what’s in their blog post, but I seriously want it to be published too. 🙂


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