December 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Photo in Wilder Farmhouse - Courtesy of Connie Jenkins
Photo in Wilder Farmhouse – Courtesy of Connie Jenkins

Even though almost all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites close down sometime during the fall, a couple re-open for a special Christmas event. I really thought I’d get to the Christmas event at Mansfield (they take a photo of you in the living room – want to go so badly!) but I’m going to be presenting at Hoover instead, not a bad deal. If you go, please share photos.

West Branch, IA
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – Christmas Past event – West Branch, Iowa –

  • Friday, Dec 6: Storytelling 6:30pm – 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 7 – Packing Up 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pepin, WI –
Open for the town of Pepin celebration, Hometown Holidays, December 6, 2013 – December 8, 2013 (all-day).

http://pepinwisconsin.com/hometown-holidays

De Smet, SD –
They don’t have a Christmas event, but the Memorial Society open all year including this month with slightly reduced hours during winter. They will close December 24-27 for Christmas and December 31-January 1 for New Years.

Mansfield, MO 
Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event December 7, 2013.

Malone/Burke, NY –
Christmas With Almanzo event has traditionally been one day and was that way on the schedule, but they just announced it’s going to two Saturdays.

  • December 1st  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • December 7th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Spring Valley, MN –
Director Julie Mlinar shared about their annual Christmas teas: “The teas are actually a luncheon hosted at the historical Washburn Zittleman house museum on Sat and Sun, Dec 14 &15 with sitting at 1 pm. Reservations must be in by Dec. 9th and it is best to call early as the spots fill up fast. The luncheon includes choice of 3 soups, a chicken salad croissant with dessert and tea or coffee. Tickets are $10 and other days and times can be set for groups.  We will do mail orders for the gift shop but will have to be by cashier check as our credit card machine has been down and we won’t get a different one till next spring.”

Sarah S. Uthoff is 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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