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The Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's  Literature Festival
November 4 & 5, 2021
Mansfield, Missouri

In association with Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum

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Festival Committee - From left to right ... 
Standing:  Rev. Nicholas W. Inman (Director, Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum),  Kim Ward, Gayla Hancock & Michelle Underwood
Sitting:  Vicki Johnston (Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Supervisor), Teri Myers (Seymour Librarian), Annie Busch (retired Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library) and Marie Bristol
Not in picture:  Julie Thomas

Bios:

Rev. Nicholas Inman:  Rev. Nicholas Inman is the Director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum and a charter member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Literature Festival Committee (which he founded). He serves as a board member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association. He is a published author and playwright and has dedicated much of his life to the preservation of American History through writing and speaking. He is the chairman of the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri and the Senior Pastor of the Elkland Independent Methodist Church in Elkland, Missouri.  

Annie Busch:  Annie Busch was a professional librarian for 31 years, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library. She has served on the Springfield Chamber, Springfield Public Schools and Springfield Rotary Club boards. Currently working with organizations to help solve homeless issues for families and children.

Marie Bristol:  Marie Bristol is a retired business teacher of 31 years. She is active in her Ava community by serving in Kiwanis, Douglas/Ozark Counties Retired School Personnel, Ava Alumni Association, and DOCO Sheltered Workshop Board. As a docent at the Wilder Homes and Museum she loves sharing the history of Laura, Almanzo, and Rose.

Gayla Hancock:  Springfield, Missouri business owner with husband Kim.  Graduate of Southwest Baptist University with Elementary Education Degree.  Proud Mother and Grandmother.

Vicki Johnston:  Vicki has been with the Wilder Home and Museum since 2009.  She has been the Museum Supervisor since 2014. She handles the daily operations of the Wilder Home as well as Guest Services.  In 2016 she earned a Credly Badge from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She works behind the scenes during the Laura Ingalls Wilder Fiddle Off and is heavily involved in marketing for the Wilder Home and Museum taking care of social media post, television and radio promotions, as well as graphic design.

Teri Myers:   Teri Myers is a charter member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival and lifelong resident of Seymour Missouri.  She worked for the state of Missouri 33+ years, retiring in 2017.  Teri is active in her community as a member of several boards and committees including Care to Learn, Webster County 911, Library Board and the Southern Webster County Fire Department.  She is currently employed with the City of Seymour as Library Director. 

Julie Thomas:  Julie Thomas is a retired English and drama teacher who lives in rural Seymour.  She is a member of the local Arts Council, which has renovated Seymour’s historic Owen Theatre as a performing arts center.  She is also active in Care to Learn and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association.  2020 is her first year on the Wilder Literature Festival committee.

Michelle Underwood:  Michelle Underwood is a charter member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Literature Festival. She is a local author of two published books; one Christian and one children's. She serves as a docent at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, MO. Michelle grew up in Mansfield and now resides in Seymour, Missouri.

Kim Ward:  Kim is a charter member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Literature Festival Committee. She is also a children's author whose stories have been published in area newspapers. She serves as a docent at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, MO. Kim was born and raised in Mansfield where she currently resides.
 

 

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