Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society Essay Contest
Thousands of people come to Pepin every year to see the birth site of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the town about which she wrote in Little House in the Big Woods. Her stories tell of her family’s struggle as they made their home on the frontier of the Midwestern United States during the second half of the nineteenth century. They worked to be self-sufficient, building their houses from local materials, growing and preserving their own food, and “moving on” when the growing population drove the wild game away. The children who come to Pepin for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days live in houses with electricity and running water, televisions and computers, few chores and much leisure. Their lives are profoundly different from the life described in the Little House books.
The theme of this year’s essay is, “Does Laura Ingalls Wilder matter in the 21st Century?” The content is divided into two sections, one for adults of eighteen years or older, and one for young people under eighteen years of age. The essay can have a maximum of 300 words. The entrance deadline is August 21, 2010, and the winner will be announced and the winning entry read on Saturday, September 11, 2010, during Laura Ingalls Wilder days in Pepin.
For more information contact: Catherine Latane, (715)442-2419
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of
Pepin, Wisconsin is sponsoring
The ninth annual
On the topic
Does Laura Ingalls Wilder Matter in the 21st Century?
Prize includes publication in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society newsletter.
- Entrants must be current members of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of Pepin.
- Entries must be 300 words or less.
- Entries must be typed.
- Entries must be the original work of the entrant.
- Only one entry per entrant.
- Entry deadline, August 21, 2010
- Send entry to: Essay Contest, PO Box 62, Pepin, WI 54759
- Winner to be announced, and winning essay to be read aloud, on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 during Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin. Winners will be notified by Sept. 1, 2010
Fill out the form below and return with entry
Name:______________________________________________ Phone Number___________________
Address_____________________________________________ email address____________________
□ Eighteen years or older
□ Under eighteen years
Age (if under eighteen years) ____________
- □ I am a current member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
□ Enclosed is my membership payment for 2010. ($3.00, junior historian, under 18, $10, individual and family, $100 life membership.)
C. I consent to having my essay read aloud in public and to having it published in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society newsletter.
______I plan to attend Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin on Sept. 11 & 12, 2010. (We invite writers who are present to read their essays during the essay presentation.)