On This Day In History: Laura Ingalls Wilder Was Born

February 7, 2023
“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong."

On this day 156 years ago, American author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born. Wilder is known for her semi-autobiographical series, “Little House,” in which she shares stories about the hardships and joys of growing up on the American frontier during the late 1800s. Wilder began writing these books in 1930, “with the encouragement and editorial assistance of her daughter, journalist Rose Wilder Lane” (Library of Congress). At age 65, Wilder’s first book in the “Little House” series was published and became an immediate success. Before writing the series, Wilder was a schoolteacher, journalist, and farmer. Visit our source page to learn more!

Today in History – February 7 (Library of Congress)

Laura’s Life on Rocky Ridge Farm (Laura Ingalls Wilder, Historic Home & Museum)

10 of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s most inspiring quotes (PBS)

by Jenna Lee,