Laura Ingalls Wilder Month at Old World Wisconsin

Past Celebrations

Old World Wisconsin previous Laura Ingalls Wilder Days were only one day and originally on a weekday when they still had over 2,000 people the year I attended. Since then it has gone through several versions and as of last year it had moved to a weekend, the Laura speaker had been cut, and they had merged with their Antique Engine event. They chose it to be the event to reopen after they were devastated by a storm in 2010.

Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin

Expands to a Whole Month

A couple of years later, a lot has changed. This year they are expanding the event to an entire month. They are having a rotating schedule of hands on activities and add such clever things as seeing a cobbler make a shoe or what Almanzo’s future would have been like if he had taken the wagon shop apprenticeship (like in Farmer Boy) and to take down a haystack like Laura and Mary did (in On the Banks of Plum Creek). Find the full schedule on their website:

The year’s ad:

If You Go

The Los Angeles Times picked it as a weekend travel destination. I went a few years back, although I’d really like to visit again. Old World Wisconsin is in Eagle. It was laid out with more concern for accuracy than convenience of tourists in mind. So not only should you be prepared to walk a good distance (even in living history museums terms) from one event to another, but the town of Eagle itself is small. Note that it’s a different town than Eagle River. Eagle is roughly an hour from Milwaukee, but a ways from everywhere else and there isn’t a hotel in town. There IS a great bed and breakfast hosted in a recreated stagecoach inn in the same town called Eagle Centre. I really enjoyed it (although we were on the 3rd floor and there is no elevator). The owner collects antique dishes and served breakfast on them.

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Bed and Breakfast:


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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