Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345

Hours

May 26 - Sept 3, 2018:
Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm

Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm

September 2018:
Sat 10 am-5 pm

Call 320-616-5421 for group tours and school field trips year-round.

Admission

  • $8 adults
  • $6 seniors
  • $6 veterans and active military
  • $6 college students
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members

Contact

320-616-5421

Author

Charles A. Lindbergh

Charles A. Lindbergh writing in a Taboli hut in the PhilippinesWhen Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris in 1927, he became one of the most famous men in the world. Reporters and authors leapt at the chance to write about his life, not always distinguishing fact from fiction. In response, Lindbergh decided to become his own biographer to set the record straight.

Just a few months after his famous flight, Lindbergh wrote "We," published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Putnam had hired a ghostwriter, but Lindbergh was so unhappy with the draft that he dismissed the work and spent just three weeks his own story. It became an instant hit. 

The only time Lindbergh ever kept a formal journal was the period between 1938 and 1945.  In an edited form, this was published as The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh (1970). In 1948 he published Of Flight and Life, a reflective memoir and a consideration of the prospect of an “Atomic Age War” and the potential collapse of western civilization and spiritual values.

In 1953, Lindbergh published The Spirit of St. Louis, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for autobiography in 1954. Spending more than a 14 years working on the manuscript, Lindbergh again recounted the tale of his famous flight, incorporating flashbacks to his youth and early career in aviation.

In the mid-1960s, Lindbergh worked with the Minnesota Historical Society to develop a historic site at his boyhood home in Little Falls. Between 1966 and 1973 Lindbergh visited the site at least seven times and wrote letters containing his reminiscences of life on the farm as interpretive background. These letters were published as Boyhood on the Upper Mississippi in 1972 (eissued in 2002 as Lindbergh Looks Back.)

For three decades he recorded snippets of conversations, lists of names, dates and places important to the family, leaving almost no stone unturned – no stone except for the kidnapping of his first born son, Charles, Jr. which he omitted completely. In 1974, when he knew he was dying, Lindbergh gave these thousand-plus pages of manuscript to his friend and publisher, William Jovanovich, who worked with Yale archivist Judith Schiff, to create Autobiography of Values, published posthumously in 1978.

 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh writing "North to the Orient".Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, began writing as a child. Biographer Susan Hertog notes “Anne found a way to transform the ‘secret life’ of her diary into literature, honing her thoughts and fantasies into poetry, stories, and essays.”

Following their survey flight to Asia in 1931, Anne wrote a book about their trip bringing the reader along on their emotional journey. North to the Orient was published in 1935 and was an immediate success—the book went into its third printing within the first week. Inspiration to write once again followed their extended survey trip around the Atlantic in 1933. Listen! The Wind, published in 1938, narrates ten days of the five month tour, using the challenges of the tour to explore the deeper meaning of life and the journey home. Anne received the American Booksellers Association Award for “favorite” nonfiction in 1939.

As the Lindbergh family grew, Anne found less time to dedicate to writing specific works for publication. But in 1955, she published Gift from the Sea, a series of meditations on contemporary women's lives, that became one of the best-selling and most beloved books in American history. Anne's diaries and letters were collected in no fewer than six volumes, recording her life from 1922 to 1986.  The last volume of diaries was published posthumously in 2012.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh died in 2001.  

Photo at right, courtesy Yale University Library.

Both of the Lindbergh daughters became published authors, writing fiction, memoir, photography books and books for children.

Anne Spencer Lindbergh

Anne Spencer Lindbergh, the eldest daughter of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, wrote several books, mostly for children. Among the most popular titles are The People in Pineapple Place and The Prisoner of Pineapple Place.  Lindbergh wrote both of the books from her home in Washington, D.C. She died in 1993 at the age of 53.

Reeve Lindbergh Brown

Reeve Lindbergh

Reeve Lindbergh, the youngest child of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, also wrote a number of children’s books. In addition she published works for adults, including the memoir of her childhood and youth, Under a Wing. She has published two additional memoirs: No More Words, a description of the last years of her mother; and Forward From Here, a series of essays about "leaving middle age."