Though Hilda might deny it, I believe we were giddy with delight when we first walked along the plank road by the Dousman Stagecoach Inn. Never before had we been able to point to a plank road when describing our book to potential readers.
The “Days Gone By” event sponsored by the Elmbrook Historical Society put us right in front of an inn along a plank road and even provided girls running about in prairie dresses. In truth, the girls were dressed up for a Laura Ingalls Wilder contest–but we couldn’t help but think of our characters Katie McEachron and Florence Mather when we saw them. Unfortunately, one of our Lauras in the photo got away before we could identify her.
Spending an afternoon in Brookfield, Wisconsin, among people who keep history alive warmed our hearts, despite the chill of the day that made signing books difficult. Many thanks to the volunteers at the Inn, and to the parents who brought their children to the event. Someday those children will be the ones passing our shared history to future generations.