National Archives Welcomes Little House’s Melissa Gilbert September 13
Press Release · Thursday, September 4, 2014
My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours
On Saturday, September 13, at 2 PM, the National Archives welcomes Melissa Gilbert for a special program about her new book, My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance, located on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. The building is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.
In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, cornbread, apple pie, and more—let you eat like the Ingalls family. Gilbert’s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes. A book signing follows the program.
Background – Little House in the Big Archives
The National Archives holds the Homestead applications of Charles Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. The National Archives Hoover Presidential Library holds the papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. The Hoover Library collection is three linear feet of papers and correspondence between Rose and Laura and provides a glimpse into the creation of the books and the relationship between the mother-daughter writing team.
- What’s the connection between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Herbert Hoover? Read the Prologue Pieces of History blog
- See more information about this incredible collection.
- See "Little House in the Census - Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder" Teaching with Documents Lesson plan and records
- Discover how National Archives records back up what Laura wrote about one of her hometowns in "De Smet, Dakota Territory, Little Town in the National Archives" (Winter 2003 Prologue).
- See Charles Ingalls’ full Homestead application
- See Almanzo Wilder’s Homestead application
- See related images and documents
To verify the date and times of the programs, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at 202 357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.
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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.
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