Laura Ingalls Wilder Society completes two big projects

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


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A long odyssey to restore the 1880s schoolhouse attended by Laura Ingalls Wilder is finally finished.


“We’re very satisfied with how it turned out,” said Laura Ingalls Wilder Society Director Cheryl Palmlund. “We took Laura’s old schoolhouse that had been a residence for many years and turned it back into a school.”


The society acquired the schoolhouse in 1999 and started fundraising efforts to begin its restoration. A year later, they arranged an architect survey. The project has continued unabated since.


The schoolhouse received a new roof in 2005 and the building was moved to the society grounds in De Smet a few years later. Work on the interior began in 2011, funded by a grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution Mary Chilton Foundation in Sioux Falls and by private donors.


David Tritle


The De Smet News

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