Saturday, March 19, 2005

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie

The Wonderful World of Disney is bringing the Little House books to television. The producers are trying to stay true to the books, something the television series from the 1970s never did. They are emphasising the difference with the title, "Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie."
Filmed on location in a pristine region of Calgary over more than four months, the epic production of Little House on the Prairie recaptures the scope and magnitude of the frontier and recreates the literary saga with painstaking accuracy. Additional episodes will air on subsequent Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16 & 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET each night).

The limited series stars Cameron Bancroft as Charles Ingalls, Erin Cottrell as Caroline Ingalls, Kyle Chavarria as Laura Ingalls and Danielle Ryan Chuchran as Mary Ingalls.

I think I will dial it up next Saturday, March 26 at 8/7c.

It might interest scholars to know that documents and papers relating to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter and collaborator Rose Wilder Lane are housed at a very unlikely place: the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

The Rose Wilder Lane Collection provides a fascinating look at how the books came to be written. How Rose came to donate her papers to the library is also very interesting.

There is also fabulous related content for educators and students studying the westward expansion of the United States at the Hoover site. Great projects!

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