Meeting Dr. Laurel Wilson one of the times when two people with extremely similar interests met at the best possible time. She mentored a college research project of mine that has now blossomed into two books, and eventually a third. She encouraged me to keep recording my grandfather’s stories with my small digital recorder and helped provide the structure for my interview process.
She is a Professor Emerita of the University of Missouri where she taught courses about the history of costume and textiles and curated the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. She is currently a volunteer at the Boone County Historical Society and on the Collections Committee.
Here’s what Dr. Wilson had to say about Sheep, Stetsons & Stockyards: Stories on Surviving Change: