On the 14th of April, Laura Ingalls Wilder was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame. It’s part of the Missouri State University According to their website, “The Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame honors individuals, who through their academic, personal or professional achievements, demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others.”
Who is Honored?
This the third annual Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet. This year five new inductees were added to their list: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Arnoldy, Henry Bloch, Pat Danner and Jimmie Edwards. Learn more about all the honorees past and present. It looks like they add one marquee person each year with others from Missouri that have contributed to the public good in Missouri or beyond. Who are involved with national or international projects, but aren’t known by name, for example Henry W. Bloch was one of the founders of H&R Block.
Laura was included because of her literary accomplishments. Their tribute seems to have been done in conjunction with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.
Here is their video tribute. Thank you to The Cottonwood Tree for locating and sharing this video. It’s a fairly short and basic biographical video without any real content about this particular award, but using material clearly supplied by the Mansfield museum which makes it a really nice example of a Tribute.
Famous Missourians Hall of Fame
I found this award confusing because there was already an existing Famous Missourians Hall of Fame supported by the state government which features a bust of each honoree in the state capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri. Laura was inducted there back in the 1993. The bust of her in the Mansfield town square is a duplicate of this bust and was made because of her induction.
The difference is Missouri State isn’t part of the state government, but is Missouri State University.
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.