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LITTLE LODGES ON THE PRAIRIE: FREEMASONRY & LAURA INGALLS WILDER is the first book to comprehensively document the role of Freemasonry in the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the ever-popular Little House on the Prairie book series, and her family. From De Smet and Keystone, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, the history of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the ...more
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Published August 23rd 2014 by Tranquility Press (first published June 8th 2014)
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Sheri
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, well researched and documented read about the Laura Ingalls Wilder family and their affiliation with freemasonry.
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Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Little Lodges on the Prairie fills an important gap in our understanding of the lives of one of America's best-known pioneer families: Charles and Caroline Ingalls and Laura and Almanzo Wilder, who were lifelong, active participants in Freemasonry and the Order of the Eastern Star. Teresa Lynn's book is fully documented, organized for easy reading and reference, and full of intriguing glimpses into pioneer community life. While there are no direct references to Freemasonry and Eastern Star affil ...more
Faith
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent debut into the literary world from an historical researcher and preservationist. I was impressed by the broad research, gathered from across the United States, which is encompassed in this book without being tedious.

I was not expecting such detailed information about Freemasonry, typically a secret only speculated upon by outsiders, but the author and her husband are both Lodge members, which provided an insider's perspective on all the details of Freemasonry in the book an
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Janilyn Kocher
This was an intriguing perspective never before explored in the Laura Ingalls Wilder genre. Lynn gives an excellent history of the Freemasons and about the Ingalls' and Wilders' active affiliation for years with the organization and the Eastern Star Organization.
The book is well written and reveals fascinating gleanings about their involvement with the Freemasons. My only criticism pertains to the error the author made concerning Almanzo's birth date on page 108. Lynn lists it as February 15, 18
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Lauri
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. Interesting to learn more about a couple organizations that I know very little about. Teresa did a great job of explaining them, the Ingalls' connections, and the influence on the Little House books. ...more
Maria Denney
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and learning about how Laura and her family were involved in the Freemasons and the OES like many of my ancestors too. It was very interesting!
Janis
I'm a dedicated LIW fan, but I couldn't slog through this. Author Teresa Lynn is a member of the Masonic Lodge's group for women, The Order of the Eastern Star. She combines her interests in the Masons and in LIW with this book.

I will say that it IS fascinating that LIW was a member of OES and her husband was a Mason. Other family members had different levels of involvement with the Masons (including no involvement).

It just a bit too preachy for me--justifying Masonic membership. I am not a mem
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Dave
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a Master Mason and a Past Master I enjoyed this book tremendously. I highly recommend this book to all of my Brothers and Sisters in Masonry and Order of the Eastern Star. Although a non Mason may find some of the reading tedious, if you stick it out the read is well worth it. I wish more people understood these Fraternities and would dispel all the myths of Free Masonry. It is a God Fearing, Patriotic organization.
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A few disclaimers:
1) I am a Mason, having served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden, hoping to serve as Worshipful Master this year.
2) I am a member of OES
3) Because of the above two facts, I only skimmed the sections dealing with what goes on in the Lodge room during meetings.

Because of the above items, I am distressed that this book reveals so much about our craft. I often joke that Masons don't have any secrets....that everything is out in the open; non-masons just don't know what questions
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Teresa Lynn is a writer and editor with a background in journalism. She has written for a range of publications on a variety of topics, including book publishing, historical topics, food, nature, and pop culture. She has authored two books: Little Lodges on the Prairie and Thanksgiving Joy. Teresa is currently an editor at Tranquility Press, a small publishing company, while also working on her ne ...more

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