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The Beautiful Snow by Cindy Wilson Author Talk

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cindy Wilson will discuss her book “The Beautiful Snow: The Ingalls Family, the Railroads, and the Hard Winter of 1880-81” at the Lyon County Museum, 301 W Lyon St in Marshall on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 PM.
“The Long Winter is one of the most memorable novels in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series. It beautifully details the dramatic events of a harrowing winter with months of never-ending blizzards leading to railroad blockades that all but cut off fledgling communities.
But what really happened during the Hard Winter of 1880–81?
Lively and rewarding, The Beautiful Snow is a new look at the Hard Winter. Pulling from nearly three thousand regional newspaper articles, The Beautiful Snow weaves the historical record around and through Wilder’s fictionalized account of The Long Winter. From the tireless efforts to dig out the railroad blockades, to lavish oyster parties, to carefully spun boosterism, the Hard Winter comes to life with extraordinary tales of survival, resilience, and defiance that adds rich context to Wilder’s beloved novel.”
About the Author:
Cindy Wilson fell in love with the Little House books in third grade, when she selected On the Banks of Plum Creek from the library. The series captivated her then and has ever since, with The Long Winter still being her favorite.
Cindy is passionate about history and enchanted by the prairie landscape, and when not meticulously poring over newspaper archives, she enjoys traveling, delving into architecture, creating art quilts, reading, hiking, biking, or going out to watch storms as a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service. She especially treasures time with her daughter, Laura, who at any given moment is living in some remote corner of the globe, exploring other cultures and histories.
While Cindy’s soul is most refreshed in South Dakota, she lives in southern Minnesota. And while she spent two years immersed in the Hard Winter of 1880–81, her ideal day is actually eighty degrees with a smidge of humidity.
This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


September 21
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Lyon County Historical Society Museum
(507) 537-6580


Lyon County Historical Society Museum
301 West Lyon Street
Marshall, MN 56258 United States
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(507) 537-6580