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State Historical Society Releases Wilder Autobiography “Pioneer Girl” as E-book

The South Dakota State Historical Society has released the popular “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” as an electronic book. The e-book is part of the society’s Pioneer Girl Project.

“The e-book is the perfect format for researchers and readers on the go,” says Nancy Tystad Koupal, director of the Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. “It contains the numerous annotations, which are linked so that the reader can jump from Wilder’s words to the editor’s comments and back, along with the illustrations, maps and appendices that make the autobiography so valuable.”

The e-book also allows readers to access website homepages cited throughout the text with one easy click.

In 2015, “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and edited by Pamela Smith Hill reached the No. 2 slot on the New York Times best-seller list.

“It was a surprise success that continues to fascinate and engage readers,” Tystad Koupal says. “‘Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography’ is the first volume to explore in-depth the communities and people the Ingalls family knew and the life they lived on the frontier.”

The e-book is now available at in both Epub and Mobi formats for $29.95. All State Historical Society e-books, including “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life,” also by Smith Hill, can be purchased online at

More information about all Pioneer Girl Project books and activities can be found online at or by calling 605-773-6009.

About the South Dakota State Historical Society
The South Dakota State Historical Society is a division of the Department of Education. The State Historical Society, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is headquartered at the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The center houses the society’s world-class museum, the archives, and the historic preservation, publishing and administrative/development offices. Call 605-773-3458 or visit for more information. The society also has an archaeology office in Rapid City; call 605-394-1936 for more information.

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