#FridayReads and #GiveABook

Have you shared your #FridayReads yet? I’m trying to get better at remembering. My #FridayReads is Frankenstein.

Penguin Books is also doing a book giveaway. Between now and Dec. 25, any twitter and/or FB post with #GiveABook triggers a donation by Penguin, up to 25K books.

More information here.

The Little Hashtag That Could: #FridayReads

Have you used Friday Reads? I’m lax, but trying to get better.🙂

by Bethanne Patrick I began tweeting “What are you reading? #FridayReads” when I was confined to bed with a broken leg after a 2009 auto accident. The break in the bone wasn’t too serious, but the damage to my knee ligaments was so bad that my orthopedist advised me to …

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Pioneer Girl is out!


The Pioneer Girl Project

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThank you to everyone who pre-ordered Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography from the South Dakota Historical Society Press. We are glad to say that the books will be arriving on your doorsteps in the next few days.

On Friday, November 14, the long-awaited Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography made it safely to our warehouse. As pallets of boxes were brought off the semitrailer, sod-house-like structures began to form and Press staffers Lisa Nold and Rodger Hartley quickly lost their sense of time and place.

However, they soon gathered themselves in preparation for the big sendoff beginning DSCF0259November 17.  That Monday, as if jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself were looking over our shoulders, box upon box was packed with care to be sent off across North America. The project of packing pallets to be shipped to our national and international distributors and bookstores had also begun. Boxes were hauled from one…

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Rare Charles Ingalls Letter Discovered

The Pioneer Girl Project

In working with newspapers as we conducted background research for Pioneer Girl, we ran across a letter, dated February 2, 1880, from Charles Ingalls to the Brookings County Press that has gone unrecorded until now.

In the 1870s and 1880s, newspapers relied on “correspondents” for news of outlying towns. For example, the Redwood Gazette of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, published newsy letters on a weekly basis about Walnut Grove from a number of different writers, one of whom was a member of the Ensign family. The Ingallses lived briefly with the Ensigns when they moved back to Walnut Grove from Iowa in 1877.

In the short period before De Smet acquired its own newspaper in the spring of 1880, Charles Ingalls appears to have tried his hand at corresponding with the Brookings County Press. Appearing in the February 12, 1880, issue, Ingalls’s letter was headlined “From Kingsbury County” and…

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