This book was written by Laura researcher and expert, William Anderson, for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum in Mansfield, Missouri. In it, Anderson focuses on Almanzo and Laura Wilder’s lives in the community where they lived most of their years together. Their impact on Mansfield was strong, aside from the fact that Laura and her daughter Rose brought literary fame to the town.

The Wilders left behind extraordinary traces of their personal and professional lives in this town. The author hopes that some of the details in this book will give the reader another glimpse into their long, productive years in Mansfield. The book includes many photos.