Fans of the "Little House on the Prairie" television series will remember Dean Butler as "Almanzo," husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Butler has now become a documentary director and producer and returned to the "Little House" topic that he first became known for.
"Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder" will be available soon on DVD. Butler shot in many of the "Little House" sites in our area, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa locations, but much of the reenacting in the film was done in DeSmet, South Dakota. Many DeSmet locals portrayed the Ingalls family and other figures from Laura's books for Butler's cameras.
Butler tells the story of the filming and more information about the show can be found at Laura's Little House Legacy. He also keeps fans up to date with a blog of the filming and editing process at Legacy Documentaries. In addition, Butler's project is featured on Facebook at Dean Butler Laura's Little House Legacy.
One of Butler's earlier films tells the story of Almanzo, the real-life person behind Butler's portrayal on the television series.