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 5: Storytelling 6:30pm – 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, Dec 6 – 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, 2014 – December 7, 2014 (all-day).
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 22-January 1 for Christmas and New Years.
Mansfield, MO –
Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Check out their invitation and suggestions for Christmas gifts from their giftshop.
Malone/Burke, NY –
Christmas With Almanzo event Saturday, December 6th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Valley, MN –
Director Julie Mlinar shared about their annual Christmas teas: “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.”
Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition
In addition to the Christmas events, there are Laura Ingalls Wilder plays all around the country. 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
Ashland, Kentucky –Paramount Arts Center –A Little House Christmas, Dec. 4, 2014 (Note: One night only)
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
ECCT, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-839-8877
Traverse City, Michigan – Old Town Playhouse – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 8-9, 2014
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
Pellissippi State, Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990, 865.694.6400
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.