Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiographical novels described pioneer life in late Nineteenth Century Wisconsin, Iowa, and Kansas. She never forgot the songs they sang or the music "Pa" played on his violin (fiddle). Many of the tunes were well-known to fiddlers and are still played today. Ball State Libraries' Music Collection and Educational Resources Collections have all the materials you need to immerse yourself in the stories and music of the books.
Amy Edmonds came to Ball State University as Music Librarian in November, 2008. Her previous positions have included Music Librarian at Southwest State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos) and Chief of the Music Division of the District of Columbia Public Library. She has also been a performer, playing viola with orchestras in DC and Iowa, including the Quad Cities Symphony. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Service from Columbia University in New York and is ABD in Historical Musicology at the University of Texas, Austin.