We recently featured some items from our collection on Facebook that originally belonged to Rose Wilder Lane. A few of these items are on display in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes in De Smet, South Dakota.
Rose lived in Danbury, Connecticut from 1938 until 1968. Her home was open to many literary guests and was even featured in magazines. She worked constantly to improve the home from a simple 1860s farmhouse to one of the area’s finest.
This collection of furniture was mostly donated to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society through Roger MacBride in 1974.
In a 1986 edition of “The Lore”, Roger MacBride wrote about his relationship with Rose. He explained, “Rose was my grandmother. I adopted her and she adopted me.”
When Rose passed away in 1968, she made MacBride the executor of her estate.
These three pairs of glasses belonged to Rose.
If you would like to see these items in person, please visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes for a tour in De Smet, SD.
Read more about our tours on our main website, www.discoverlaura.org.