Laura Ingalls Wilder 2014 Season Ends

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet

This is post has a little different title, but it’s the October 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events posts. It’s going to cover a little bit more than usual so it has a different name.

October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then snow photos. I called around to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

There are a few events going on, including Christmas shows, I’m listing the entire season’s worth below so you can make plans if one is in your regional area:

Fort Wayne, Indiana (they are incredibly vague on their website about where the production will actually be held since they describe themselves as a traveling repertory company, but the performance dates and the office contact information is listed below) – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks, Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Basic Information (dates, ticket prices, etc.):
Information about and photo of cast:
3901 South Wayne Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46807, (260) 745-4364

Sarah Uthoff dressed as 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder by Bonnet Tree
Sarah as 1930s Laura at Hoover’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Tree Disply

Ashland, Kentucky – Paramount Arts Center -A Little House Christmas, Dec. 4, 2014 (Note: One night only)
Basic Information:
Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101, 606.324.0007

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – ECCT – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 2014
Basic Information:
Audition Information:
ECCT, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701,, 715-839-8877

Traverse City, Michigan – Old Town Playhouse – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 8-9, 2014
Basic Information:
Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth Street, P.O. Box 262, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Knoxville, Tennessee (also very vague about where production will actually be held, I’m assuming on campus) – In co-production with The WordPlayers, Pellissippi State’s Theatre program – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Dec. 12-13, 2014
Basic Information:
Pellissippi State, Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990, 865.694.6400

Laura Ingalls Wilder 2014 Season Ends

Pepin, WI – After October 15, 2014 closed daily, but re-open Oct 15th – Oct 19th and Oct 24th – 26th. Closing for the season Oct. 26th. They should re-open for the town of Pepin celebration on the Saturday only, Hometown Holidays, December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2013 (all-day).

Independence, KS – Closed October 31, 2014, They will also be closed Tues., October 14th, Thurs., October 16th, and Sun., October 19th due to scheduling conflicts. Normal fall hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm and closed Mon. – Watch for their event schedule for next year to be published on their website in early 2015. They aren’t doing Christmas shopping this year, but again this year they are doing a special fundraiser with premiums from their gift shop. They are looking to raise $3500.00 to cover unmet expenses and have projects thought up that could certainly use more.

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season November 1, 2014, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open during November and December from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. After Christmas it will be open Monday –  Friday, same hours, until April 2015.

Burr Oak, IA – Closed October 19, 2014. Beginning in September they have reduced hours. In October they are open Thurs.-Sat. 10 am-4p m and Sunday noon-4 pm.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, Mon.- Fri. 9 am – 4pm. They will close December 22-January 1 for Christmas and New Years.

Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed October 31, 2014, Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30th. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.

Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 203. Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event December 6, 2014 (Date likely, but still tentative).

Malone, NY – Closed Sept. 30, 2014, Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 6th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. For this event admissions free. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house at 11:30 and 1:00. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items. “Happy Christmas!”

Spring Valley, MN – Only open on weekends for the rest of the month of October. Closed October 31, 2014. They reopen for Christmas teas. Teas will be Dec. 6-7 with sittings at 12:30 pm each day. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. The cost for the tea is $10. They will also be having house tours that same week-end from 1pm-4pm each day.  The cost for the tours is $7 and includes three area homes. For more info call 507-346-7659.

Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2014.

Vinton, IA – Pat Barr passed along this information: “Our hours are the same year round – 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday.  All but the museum is available.  The roof is  now done and work can be started/finished on the inside of the building – I believe that all the ceiling tiles have been replaced – but, there still needs to be painting, floor coverings, and possibly dry wall.  Once third floor has been completed, the Society will start working on the museum.  There is still plenty to see without the museum.  For large groups, members of the Society can display historical artifacts in the auditorium.  The makeshift tunnels, the fence, etc. are down.  People can now come in the front door of Old  Main once again.  A group larger than five should contact me – all others are welcome to drop in.  My phone number is:  319-472-5221, Extension 1110.  My e-mail is:

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and 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 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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