$100 in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lapdesk

UPDATE: Revisiting a great post.

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The Lapdesk Story

A story that always gets me is the $100 lost in the lapdesk as told in On the Way Home. I can feel Laura’s joy and then her desperation and then her jubilation at finally getting the money into the bank to put down on the place. This story always means a lot to me so I thought it would be a good one to explore. Just how much was that $100 worth?

Learn more about the Lapdesk in this video, including the best theory I’ve heard about where the money was:

Calculating the Value of Money

One of the things that people have trouble understanding is how the value of money changed over the years. It’s one of the concepts that I try to get across as a historic interpreter. I thought the $100 in 1894 would be a great example. Using money to measure…

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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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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