Laura Ingalls Wilder Society completes two big projects
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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“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.
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