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Gifting a membership of the 501(c)3 nonprofit LIWLRA is always a wonderful idea! If buying this as a gift, make sure to put the recipient's email in instead of your own.  Contact us if you'd like us to send a gift e-card to your recipient.
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Annual Membership
Members get advance notice of LIWLRA news via our exclusive bi-monthly e-newsletter, free access to our Virtual Literary webinars, priority registration for our LauraPalooza conference in conference years, and discounted access to any other membership events.  Every dime goes to support the mission of the Association!
Join for 2023

Membership runs to the calendar year, so renewals are always due for January.  But it’s never too late! We welcome renewals and new members throughout the year, so whenever date you join, your membership is good through to December 31st.

Membership is now OPEN for 2023 for renewals and new memberships.  Any new memberships from this point in the year will be good through to the end of 2023.

Members receive a bi-monthly LIWLRA email newsletter, a discount code to use for early bird pricing for LauraPalooza conferences in conference years, and free access to our Virtual Literary webinars.

2023 membership is $30 for the year, but we’re offering an early bird discount to anyone who joins or completes renewal before 31st December, to get 2023 membership for the 2022 price of $25.

Virtual Literaries

From August 2022, we’re thrilled to announce a new membership benefit: we launched our “Virtual Literaries” – a webinar program exclusive to members featuring presentations from past LauraPalooza conferences, and some brand new content.  These online presentations take place roughly once a month (we’re planning a summer hiatus for July/August 2023), and last around 60 – 75 minutes, featuring a speaker and some time for audience questions.  The Virtual Literaries are free to LIWLRA members, and we have some great content lined up!

Past Virtual Literaries:

August: Our first Virtual Literary in August 2022 featured Laura F Keyes, giving a brand new presentation on “Fashioning the Wilder Family” a presentation and demonstration of the clothing mentioned in Farmer Boy.

September: Our September Virtual Literary featured meteorologist Dr Barb Mayes Boustead presenting on “The Long Winter, Revisited,” from the 2022 conference, followed by a Q&A on any and all aspects of weather from the Little House books.

October: On Sunday 30th October, just in time for Halloween,  author  Sallie Ketcham revisited her enchanting presentation from the 2015 conference on ‘Fairy Tales, Folklore and the Little House in the Deep, Dark Woods’ showing how Laura Ingalls Wilder drew on traditional elements of fairy tale in the crafting of her stories.

November:  On Sunday 13th November, historian Patty Dowd Schmitz gave us a real treat, sharing her research ‘Before Laura was born: Finding the childhood homes of Charles Ingalls in New York & Illinois’, which drew on her presentations at the 2015 and 2019 conferences.

Future Virtual Literaries:

December:  On Sunday 11th December (2 pm Eastern/ 1 pm Central), Caroline Ranald Curvan will present ‘Hidden artifacts from the archives of Laura and Rose’ from the 2022 conference.  Caroline was the lead researcher for the PBS special TV documentary Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page in 2020, and will be highlighting some of the many treasures she uncovered during her research, as revealed at the 2022 conference.

2023 Virtual Literaries

Further details will be revealed…! but you can put the dates for the first couple of months in your diary now:
January:  Saturday (yes, our first Saturday Virtual Literary) 7th January 2023 (2 pm Eastern | 1 pm Central): we will be welcoming popular LIW author & historian, Cindy Wilson, who will be giving a seasonally appropriate presentation from the 2019 conference:  The Big Cut West of Tracy and the Hard Winter of 1880-81.
February: Sunday 5th February (2 pm Eastern/ 1 pm Central):  just in time for Laura’s birthday, we’re excited to be bringing our members something a little different, with a new presentation and Q&A from the speaker we received the most requests for from our members.  Members will be the first to know, so stay tuned!

Gifting membership

A LIWLRA membership makes a great gift  for someone that might be hard to buy for, or says that they don’t need anything. If they love Laura, consider gifting them a membership to the LIWLRA.  Get in touch with us if you would like us to provide an e-card to accompany your gift.

If you have ideas, questions or would like to help in membership recruitment and engagement, please contact Kimberley Endicott, Laura Keyes and Eddie Higgins, LIWLRA Membership Committee.