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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephanie Ann Vavra  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1946 in Des Moines, IA


-- Stephanie Ann Vavra on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=stephanie+ann+vavra


Illinois Connection

In 1969 I began my career as an elementary school teacher in Prophetstown, IL; I retired in 2002. I studied for my Master's Degree at the Quad-City Graduate Center, in Rock Island, and on the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb, until graduation in 1974. I lived 25 years in Prophetstown and moved to Morrison in 1994. I am a reenactor of the 1860's at Girl Scout events and Heritage Canyon in Fulton, portraying the school teacher; I held "Pioneer Day Camp" there in the past.

Biographical and Professional Information

I own and publish a dynamic and successful internet newspaper: "thecity1.com" Morrison Online. In 2011, I edited and published an 80-page commemorative book to highlight the history of General Electric in Morrison: ''General Electric Appliance Control Department, A Legacy Beyond 61 Years, June 1949 to September 2010''.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Who Really Saved Laura Ingalls: Soldat du Chene or a Soldat du Chien?
ISBN: 0971278504

Quill Works. 2001

Was the frontier family of Charles Ingalls saved by a "tree" or a "dog?" Is it possible that children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder misnamed one of her most memorable Little House on the Prairie characters? She described the noble, Osage Indian chief who persuaded his people to avoid a confrontation with settlers on Indian land in 1871. The early, imprecise blending of cultures and languages on the Kansas prairie combined to create a linguistic misnomer.

This book offers dramatic supporting material about the role and significance of protective "dog soldiers" to the Plains Indian warrior society. It includes two quotations from a speech Mrs. Wilder gave in 1937 pertaining to the writing of Little House on the Prairie. The book should appeal to older students, adult fans of the series, and those interested in historical information about Plains Indians.


Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Entertaining and informative presentations for all ages about the nine novels in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Enriched with period dress, scores of historic artifacts that illustrate the texts, and details not mentioned in the books. Minimum of 1.25 hours; fee minimum $200, which may be adjusted upward due to mileage. Driving distance limit: two hours from Morrison, IL, in Whiteside County. I will sell for $3.25 my book about Laura Ingalls. Contact Stephanie Vavra at 815-535-7005.