August 2014 was first Mary Ingalls Society Pageant in Vinton, Iowa. Below is the link to the podcast I did about attending. I’ve added the highlights of what is talked about in order to help you find a particular part if you are interested. I’ve also added some links to some additional information you might find useful. Also see my podcast on Mary Ingalls and the School for the Blind.
Short history of the Mary Ingalls Pageant.
From South take left branch of 218 don’t go straight through town.
Parking situation around school
People came early and stayed in their seats
Founder’s Room returned to original purpose as historical room. It has since been restored and reorganized and is the ground floor presence of the museum. You can see Mary’s records there. The main museum Third Floor hasn’t yet been restored from storm damage.
Seats are wooden auditorium style seating.
Pipe organ – Iowa Gov. Laurabee organ – hoping to restore organ
Scenes cut from original script that tell more about what life was like at the school
Pageant held in same auditorium where Mary would have attended events in
Changed story to have Mary be the point of view character
Showed what it was like for Mary to attend the school and how the school worked, the amazing impact they had on people’s lives
Return to De Smet based on Grandpa’s Fiddle
Mary Ingalls Pageant this coming year will be August 1, 2, 3, 2015. Hotel facilities are available both in Vinton proper and in the fairly close Cedar Rapids.
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.