Annual Meeting

Prairie Fires book cover

Prairie Fires by 2018 Speaker Caroline Fraser

Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Annual Meeting

Save the date of October 13 for the 2018 Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon. Acclaimed author Caroline Fraser will present a program based on her 2018 Pulitzer Prize–winning biography, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In a review of the book for the Times, Patricia Nelson Limerick, director of the University of Colorado's Center of the American West, wrote, "For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder's 'Little House' books as relics of a distant and irrelevant past, reading Prairie Fires will provide a lasting cure." Fraser's talk will follow SHSMO's annual business meeting and a luncheon. Watch for registration details soon.


11 a.m.Business Meeting and Annual Report
Including the presentation of the Book, Article, and Dissertation Awards
12 p.m.Luncheon – Registration Required (Coming Soon)
Beginning with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award
1 p.m.Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture – RSVP Appreciated


Caroline Fraser was born in Seattle and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in English and American literature. Formerly on the editorial staff of The New Yorker, she is the author of three nonfiction books. Editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, Fraser has written for The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, Outside Magazine, and The London Review of Books, among other publications. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


The event will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott – Columbia.

Courtyard by Marriott – Columbia
3301 LeMone Industrial Boulevard, Columbia, Missouri, 65201
573.443.8000 | Hotel Website

A room block is available at the rate of $104 per night, plus tax. To receive this discount, mention SHSMO while booking your room before the deadline of September 7.


Free parking is available onsite at the Courtyard by Marriott.