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

Register now for the Center for Missouri Studies Fall Lecture and Luncheon 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.


Online registration is open for the luncheon. You may also register by phone at 573.882.7083. Please reserve a place for yourself and additional attendees by October 1 for the luncheon: $35 members, $50 nonmembers. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after that date. All other events are free and open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation for the lecture.

Register Online for Luncheon

If you would prefer to register by mail or by fax, please download the form and send it with payment to SHSMO, Attn: Fall Lecture, 1020 Lowry St., Columbia, MO 65201, or fax it to 573.884.4950.

If you are only attending the 1 p.m. public program, RSVPs are appreciated but not required. $10 Suggested Donation

RSVP Now for Program


11 a.m.Business Meeting and Annual Report
Including the presentation of the Book, Article, and Dissertation Awards
12 p.m.Luncheon – Registration Required
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 or special dietary needs, please let us know how we can accommodate you by October 1.


The State Historical Society of Missouri is able to provide outstanding public lectures thanks to the support of generous members and donors. For more information on how you can help bring the unique heritage of Missouri and its people to life for audiences worldwide, visit the membership page or contact SHSMO at 573.882.7083.

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