Rose Wilder Lane Artifact Collection

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.

Rose's Edwardian dresser and mirror.

Rose’s Edwardian dresser and mirror.

This small, red piece of furniture was used for storage in Rose's home.

This small, red piece of furniture was used for storage in Rose’s home.

This white stool was used in Rose's kitchen.

This white stool was used in Rose’s kitchen.

This photo of Rose's kitchen shows the little stool in it's storage place under the counter.  This is the

This photo of Rose’s kitchen shows the little stool in its storage place under the counter.
This is the “back kitchen” of the Danbury home. At one time, this kitchen was a tool shed. Rose remodeled the shed herself. She poured the cement floor and commented that it was “almost level”.

A walnut mirror.

A walnut mirror.

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This green Victorian sofa was once featured in Woman’s Day Magazine in a story on Rose’s redone farmhouse.

This round maple table sat by Rose's bay window. She often entertained guests at this table at her home in Connecticut.

This round maple table sat by Rose’s bay window. She often entertained guests at this table at her home in Connecticut.

Isn't it neat how styles often recycle themselves overtime? These

Isn’t it neat how styles often recycle themselves overtime? These “nesting” tables belonged to Rose Wilder Lane. Today, nesting tables are back in style and can easily be found at furniture stores.

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This oriental box was one of Rose Wilder Lane’s favored possessions. In 1915, she purchased it in Chinatown in San Francisco.

 These three pairs of glasses belonged to Rose.

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Rose’s office chair.

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Rose’s custom-built desk.

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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.

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2 comments on “Rose Wilder Lane Artifact Collection

  1. Pam says:

    Rose’s walnut mirror looks remarkably similar to the one that can be seen in the picture of the initial restoration process of the Ingalls family home on Third Street. Might it be the same one?

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