LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I haven’t posted since November. Here’s what I’ve been working on.

The program will be ready for general release this summer. We’re very excited about the program. I hope you all like our trailer.

7 Responses to “LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

  1. Lynne Says:


    I watched the trailer on YouTube tonight and can’t wait to watch the entire program. I’m so glad that you mentioned the timeframe in which the books were written, during the Depression Era, because I think it is important to understand who Laura’s original audience was and why it had such a resounding effect with the readers.

    Would love to know, after the research you have done, the one thing that may have not known or may have surprised you about Laura and her life.

  2. Martha Says:

    this is soooo beautiful. It really moved me to tears….
    I am so much looking forward to seeing the whole LIW documentary. But didn’t you say it would be a two-parter? Anyway – it’s absolutely wonderful – and knowing a little bit of how it was done, the work behind the docu, makes it even more special.

  3. Jenna Says:

    I can’t wait to order this. It looks wonderful! Would it be possible for us to send some questions in and maybe you answer some of them in a blog post?

  4. legacydoc Says:

    We are in a very intense phase now, working to complete the program, but I will be happy to answer questions you may have based on what you’ve seen in the trailer.


  5. Cheryl Malandrinos Says:

    Lynne, I agree with you on the Depression Era comment. It also adds credence to something I’ve always thought: even in tough times, reading material for children is popular and seen as more necessary than adult reading material.

    Dean, first of all, I have to say I am thrilled you’re doing this. After seeing the trailer, I am even more excited about this project.

    The one question I had is on the use of the word “feminist” to describe Laura in the narrative. It’s not a word I’ve ever heard used to describe her before, and it seems like Eliza Jane Wilder would be closer to the definition of feminist than Laura, at least to a modern-day audience.

    While Laura was definitely independent, she wasn’t for women’s rights. She told Almanzo in “These Happy Golden Years” when they were making hurried plans to get married before E.J. and Mrs. Wilder arrived, she was not for women’s rights and didn’t want to vote; only that she couldn’t promise to obey anybody against her better judgment (pgs. 269 & 270).

    Realizing that these books are fiction, can you tell me what in your research led you to use the word “feminist” as opposed to “independent”?

    Thanks. Wishing you much success and few obstacles in your work.


  6. Kathy Says:

    Dean, thank you for making these wonderful documentaries. Your amazing work helps fill a void that sadly has been empty since LHOP went off the air.

  7. Lisa Says:

    Trailer looks fantastic but I was wondering if it is coming out on dvd june 2012 and if so where could I get it?

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