The Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum – A Laura Ingalls Wilder site is located in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Spring Valley is where Mother and Father Wilder moved when sold their farm and left Malone, New York not too long after Farmer Boy ends. They moved to Spring Valley after purchasing Angeline Wilder’s uncle’s farm. Laura and Almanzo stayed with them between leaving De Smet, South Dakota and moving to Florida. The likely barn used by the Wilders still sits on the site and they would have attended this church. The museum is open daily starting on May 27, 2017. Besides the church their are two building. One is an agriculture/one-room school building and a second is a very lovely house museum. It’s worth your time to visit all three.
Spring Valley Museum events for 2017:
Almanzo 100 Gravel Road Bike Race – May 20,2017
Our Annual Ice Cream Social is June 16, 2017 5-7pm
Eliza Jane School Days is July 24-25 or 27-28, 2017
Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-20, 2017
After September 4, 2017 they close on weekdays, but remain open on weekends
They close for the season on Oct. 29, 2017
They have a holiday event – Christmas teas on Dec. 2-3, 2017 (reservations required)
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.