Fall Lecture and Annual Meeting

October 13 Fall Lecture with Caroline Fraser

Little House on the Prairie frontispiece by Helen Sewell, 1935

Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Annual Meeting

Join us for the Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture on October 13. 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 New York 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 luncheon.

RSVPs for the 1 p.m. public program are appreciated but not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. $10 Suggested Donation

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Luncheon Registration

Luncheon registration has closed. If you have already registered and need to modify or cancel your reservation, please contact SHSMO at contact@shsmo.org or 573.882.7083. Changes cannot be guaranteed, and no refunds will be issued for cancellations.


11 a.m.Business Meeting and Annual Report
Including the presentation of the Book, Article, and Dissertation Awards
12 p.m.Luncheon – Registration Closed
Including the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award
1 p.m.Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture – RSVP Appreciated
$10 Suggested Donation
Prairie Fires book cover


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.


Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder will be for sale at the event, and a signing will immediately follow the lecture. Please contact 573.882.7083 or contact@shsmo.org about preordering this featured title.


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


Free parking is available onsite at the Courtyard by Marriott.


If you have any accessibility needs, please contact SHSMO at 573.882.7083 or contact@shsmo.org.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at the lecture.


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