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De Smet, South Dakota
Preserving De Smet’s Literary History

In the decades since it was founded, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society has grown from a one-acre memorial to a thriving, multi-site center with a large, archival collection pertaining to the Wilder-Ingalls families and the American frontier. The society’s historic buildings, in which Wilder lived and learned and about which she wrote, preserve the history of Western frontier settlers. National Endowment for the Humanities grants have provided the organization with critical preservation support, helping it protect its historical collections and restore one of its featured buildings.

“Our main goal is to preserve Laura’s legacy. That doesn’t just include Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. We always try to include more about U.S. history and what it was like to homestead on the Western frontier.”
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