The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. If you plan a Laura trip before they open, make sure you call ahead. The homesite museums that are not fully open, may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see.
Pepin, WI – Opens May 15, 2014
Independence, KS – Opened April 1, 2014
Walnut Grove, MN – Museum opened April 1, 2014. Click here for a chart with their yearly hours. Dugout Site not open until May. The date is dependent on weather conditions, if there is still snow or if it’s flooded it won’t open as early. Call ahead and check.
Burr Oak, IA – Opened May 1, 2014. Until Memorial day they are open M-Sat 10am-4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Starting Memorial day through Labor Day it is M-Sat 9am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Hours change again after Labor Day, check with them for details.
De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – Open all year they extend their hours for the summer starting in May 2014, Mon.-Sat. 9am-4pm, June-August 2014 Mon.-Sat. 6am-5pm, Sun. 11 am – 5pm.
Ingalls Homestead – Opens Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 24, 2014 for regular 9am -7pm every day with activities from 10am -6pm schedule. From Memorial Day through Labor Day we are open 7 days a week 9-7, with activities from 10-6. Prior to May 24th , our hours will vary, but visitors are welcome to do activities if we are offering them the day they visit. They do need to call if they are visiting prior to May 24th. 1-800-776-3594 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mansfield, MO – Opened March 1st, 2014
Malone, NY – Opens Saturday before Memorial Day, Sat., May 24, 2014 and then open 7 days a week.
Spring Valley, MN – Opens May 18-19 from 10-4 each day for the Wilder Fest. Then starts regular hours on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 24, 2014.
Keystone, SD – Opens June 1, 2014
Vinton, IA – Since they are kind of in a different situation, being part of an institution that has to be open all year. They don’t have stated open hours, but will gladly give a tour by appointment. Pat Barr wrote “Justin and I are the contacts for tours year round. Justin will be out of the office July 4 through 14. I will probably be taking vacation some time although I don’t know when. Starting July 7th, people should be able to park in the driveway in front of Old Main and enter Old Main via the front door. Currently all mobility-challenged people should enter Old Main via the north entrance. Starting July 7, mobility-challenged people can park in the handicap-designated parking by the Service Building or in back of Old Main. There is a handicap-accessible entrance in the back of Old Main. You take the ramp to the automatic door and, then, keep moving forward. Go through the double doors to the north-south hallway, then go right or south to the elevator and take the elevator to first floor. If we know the date and time of arrival, we are willing to provide the needed assistance at either entrance. They may call Justin Ruegg at 319-472-5221, Extension 1226 or myself at 319-472-5221, Extension 1110.”
Sarah S. Uthoff 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.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. 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.