Laura Ingalls Wilder Month at Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin on Laura Day when I visited
Old World Wisconsin on Laura Day when I visited

Although they don’t have any historic connection to Laura Ingalls Wilder, several living history museums (where they recreate what life looked like in the past) have held Laura Ingalls Wilder events. Currently the largest of these is Old World Wisconsin which is in Eagle, Wisconsin (that’s an easy drive from Milwaukee). It holds an entire Laura Ingalls Wilder Month and they have made it even longer this year. This will be the third year they have made it a month. In 2015 it will be held between June 15 and July 31, 2015. I apologize about the audio it’s soft all along (turn volume way up) and I was briefly disconnected. Also, the callers were a little strange.

While it isn’t an official Laura Ingalls Wilder site, Old World Wisconsin has long honored Wisconsin’s favorite daughter with an annual event. Last year they expanded to an entire month and the month long event returns this year. Come take part in the World of Little House – June 15,  – July 31, 2015. Discover events and activities every day and dress as a Laura character (even adults) to get $2 off your admission. Join host Sarah Uthoff and Jennifer VanHaaften of Old World Wisconsin to learn more about the event.

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Old World Wisconsin is one of the leading living history museums in the country. Unusually for this type of museum the various farmsteads are widely spaced so make sure you come prepared to walk. They are within driving distance of Brookfield, Wisconsin where Caroline Quiner Ingalls was born. They are located about 25 miles from Concord, Wisconsin where Ma and Pa met and married.

We discuss the history of the event. I attended back when it was on a Thursday. That year 2000 people attended. She talks about the various configurations of the event over the year and their trouble with weather. Then the discussion turns to what you can expect to see if you come to the event and details about how to find out more to help plan your visit. Wear comfortable shoes, be aware of where water is available on the site, and feel free to wear your “Laura” clothes.

Learn about Old World Wisconsin’s Miniature Oxen. See their Facebook page. Also on the Old World Wisconsin Facebook “Post a picture of yourself in your Little House gear on our Facebook page and you could win a prize!”

Learn about the beginnings of bicycling and how it changed this country forever. Catch Wheel Fever! Try out old bicycles that you probably will never get a chance to ride anywhere else. The Wheel Fever interactive area is available daily. Find information about other events during the year: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/programs/20/old-world-wisconsin

Plan your visit. Water and food is available on grounds and it’s OK to bring in your own. Parking is free. Flush toilets are available in select locations and pit toilets other areas. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and bug spray. If you forget something, they probably have it available at giftshop or restaurants.

Find them on Facebook. @WiSitesMuseum is a group twitter handle that includes them. Also find photos of the grounds if you look for Old World Wisconsin on Google Earth.

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 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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