Laura Ingalls Wilder

Roger Heineken
Mrs. Wilder
Acrylic on canvas
29 ½” x 41 ½”

Laura Ingalls Wilder was an born February 7, 1867 near Pepin, Wisconsin.  Her family was lured to Kansas by way of  the Homestead Act of 1862, which had made available 160 acres to an eligible person in return for five years residency.  The family spent roughly ten years living in a cabin on the southeast Kansas Plains, a setting which would later inspire Laura to write stories about her family’s life on the frontier.  These stories became the popular “Little House” series of children’s books.

Little House on the Prairie, published in 1935, was about the family’s experience in Kansas.  Although Laura was too young to remember the details, she relied on the memories of her family.  The setting for the book is about 15 miles southwest of Independence.  A network television series, Little House on the Prairie, 1974 – 1984, brought more fans to the Little House books.