Our story

The Cottonwood Tree was launched in 2012 as a non-profit, educational resource aimed at exploring the life, era and literature of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Our aim was to curate a lighthearted space that is accessible, inclusive and fun.  Here you will find something of interest to every Laura Ingalls Wilder fan – from timelines, historical articles and interviews – to travel advice and even the occasional news scoop.

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Carrie is an Environmental and Geographical Scientist who has spent the last 25 years modelling, analyzing and mapping earth observation data to assist policy makers better understand and manage our planet’s natural resources.  For this, she has received multiple awards – with her projects spanning the Americas, UK and Asia Pacific region.  In recent years, her scope of work has increased to include the application of geographic technologies to enrich the humanities discipline.  She is currently employed by a French multinational company.

Although her professional life is well anchored in the 21st century, Carrie’s spare time is spent in stark contrast – as a historic homestead tour guide.  She is well versed in post-civil war American history, but is particularly passionate about Britain’s imperial century, including convict transportation and the early free settlement of Pacific colonies.  She facilitates interactive presentations on the latter to both school and community groups.

Carrie is a foundation member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association and served on the publications committee for the LauraPalooza national conference in 2015.