April 2019 Presentations

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April is always a busy month for presentations and this year is no exception. I’ve also added my first program in May. Check and see if there is a program coming near you.

  • Lake Mills Public Library – Lake Mills, Iowa – Packing Up – April 3, 2019 – 5:30pm
  • Athena Club – Belle Plain, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – April 8, 2019 – 6:30pm
  • Ottumwa Women’s Club – Ottumwa, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – April 9, 2019 – 1pm
  • Siouxland Libraries – One Book Siouxland: Prairie Fire -Sioux Falls, South Dakota – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – April 14, 2019 – 3pm
  • Nashua Public Library – Nashua, Iowa – Packing Up – May 4, 2019 – 10:30am

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   FacebookTwitterLinkedInSlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2019 Events

Little Girl Petting Horses Head
Rhea petting horse in harness with owner’s permission – only touch animals after you ask

What Is Old Threshers?

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion is a very unique event in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There are other “reunions” where people bring steam traction engines, tractors, and small engines to show them off and have a good excuse to get them out and play with them. However, Mt. Pleasant’s event has a broad array of different events and interests gathered in one place. Besides the machinery list above there are groups for old cars, old trucks, antiques, horse teams, an active printers hall, demonstration of equipment like a veneer saw, a threshing machine, and cooking down sorghum, an antique restored steam carousel, quilts, antique dolls, button collectors, a big craft show, trains (you can ride in), trolley cars still on their track (you can ride in), a group demonstrating life in the 1840s in the log cabin village fairly seriously and a group demonstrating life in the late 19th century not so seriously (desperadoes who steal candy & dance hall girls who stay fully dressed), a children’s game area including the chance to drive an actual tractor through an obstacle course and pony rides, fair food, big country music shows, and a theater museum mostly devoted to the traveling shows of the mid-19th to early 20th century. Come visit every year on an expanded Labor Day Weekend. This year it’s August 29 – September 2, 2019.

Events Keep Coming All Year

With all this going on the reunion continues to burst at the seams, but that’s only one week a year. They have a whole bunch of other events through the year.

This isn’t their full schedule, but these are the ones I think you might find interesting.

Theatre Seminar: April 12-14, 2019

One of the departments of the organization is a traveling theater museum. It covers things like tent rep, opera houses, show boats, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin shows.

Steam School : May 4 – 5, 2019

How to drive a steam engine like those used to work threshing machines. They are only offering one class this year.

Trolley School: June 8, 2019

Learn how to drive a trolley.

The Bussey Doll Event : June 22, 2019

The event is for doll collectors and those interested in dolls. There are speakers on various topics, everyone gets a gift doll, and there are vendor tables. My post about the year they did a Laura Ingalls Wilder theme is one of my most read.

Henry County Fair: July 17 – 22, 2019

A county fair like the one the James Wilder family attended in Malone, New York.

Summer Theater Neil and Caroline Schaffner play: “Three In A Bed”:

July 26-27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. July 28th at 2:30 p.m.

August 2-3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and again during the 2019 Reunion

Every summer they once again put on one of the plays once popular with traveling theaters to give you a taste of late 19th/early 20th century entertainment.

Reunion Event: August 29 – September 2, 2019

Annual Midwest and Great Northern Printer’s Fair:  September 11 – 14, 2019

It is specifically geared to people practicing or curious about letterpress printing for letterpress printers, from beginners to professionals. They use the extensive collection of printing equipment gathered in the printing part of Museum B. If you want to know about how they ran the paper in De Smet or how Carrie helped run a newspaper this would be a great event to plan for.

Holiday Events

They also run events every year for Halloween when the Midwest Haunted Rails shows you a ghost of a good time and for Christmas when you can take the North Pole Express to visit Santa Claus. Dates are set later in the year.

I hope you come and visit Mt. Pleasant for the best reunion anywhere or any of their other great events.

People riding on a trolley see a restored truck
Watching a Truck from the Trolley During the Reunion

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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2019

It’s not always easy to find out about what’s going on for Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country. I finally decided that current information is probably best posted on a month by month basis so for current information search this site for the name of the month you are looking for and the word event (for example July 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events). Check out the page version of this post which I update with major changes.

Let me know if I’m missing any. Most of these events are annual, but check with the group hosting the event for exact dates for following years.

NOTE: The Little House on the Prairie website uses a more extensive definition of events then I do. So check them out for additional listings. As of February 17, 2019 they hadn’t yet posted their 2019 schedule, but I assume it is in the works.

Blue lake with a tree and grass on shore
Silver Lake October 2018

Pepin WI

Laura Days – September 14-15, 2019
Their big Laura event of the year it includes all manners of celebration of Laura including a Little Miss Laura contest, a regional fiddle contest, activities at the birthplace cabin, historic crafts, and Sarah Uthoff as a keynote speaker. The other keynote this year is Renee Graef.

Open 10 AM – 5 PM DAILY (including weekends & holidays) from May 1st thru Mid-October
Closed for the winter.

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 8, 2019 10am-5pm

Summer hours are March 1st to September 1st, everyday 10-5 pm.
Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5 pm. starting in September till November 1st.

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

Museum/Pageant 2018 Brochure

  • July 5-6, 2019
  • July 12-13, 2019
  • July 19-20, 2019

The Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion is July 12 and 13. Tickets for those nights of the pageant are $35 for Reserved Seats and $33 for General Admission.

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays
July 6, 12-13, and 20, 2019. The festival goes from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer. 

July 11-14, 2019 they will have a Little House on the Prairie TV show cast reunion. They are still under negotiation so no cast list has yet been announced. Watch for more information. Check out my podcasts about my trip to the 2014 Walnut Grove Reunion.

A set up for working flax, flax break, combs etc
Working Flax at Laura Days – Black Cat Farm

Burr Oak IA

Spaghetti Supper InviteFind out more about their events.

Fri., Feb. 22, 2019 5:30 PM · St. Benedict Church Basement, Decorah, Iowa
New Event – Spring Book Sale 2019 – May 4, 2019

Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church)
– May  27, 2019 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  June 21-23, 2019

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale – Date to be Announced – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Birthday Parties can be scheduled by any group at any time.

Season opens May 1

  • Monday-Saturday: 10:00 – 4:00   Last tour 3:00
  • Sunday: Noon – 4:00 Last tour 3:00

Memorial Day – Labor Day

  • Monday-Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00  Last tour 4:00
  • Sunday: Noon – 4:00  Last tour 3:00

Post Labor Day – mid October:        

  • Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 – 4:00  Last tour 3:00 
  • Closed Sunday-Wednesday

De Smet SD

By the Shores of Silver Lake

  • July 5, 6, 2019
  • July 7 – 12, 2019
  • July 13, 14 – 19, 20, 21, 2019

The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. –  August 9, 10, 11, 2019

Memorial Society

  • January-April: Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • May: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Due to school field-trips our tour times will vary, please call ahead.
  • June-July: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
    Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • August: Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • September: Monday thru Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Closed Sunday
  • October-December: Closed over Christmas week,
    Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    *Tentative tour schedule: 10 AM & 2 PM. Subject to change.

Ingalls Homestead

  • Spring Hours: Last week of April – May 23, Monday – Friday, Hours vary daily as we host school field trips.  It is best to contact us for details.  During our Spring season we are not open on the weekends.
  • Summer Hours: May 25 – September 2, Daily 9AM – 7PM
    Activities are offered from 10AM – 6PM
    The first covered wagon ride leaves around 10AM and the last one leaves at 6PM with rides leaving throughout the day.  We are open seven days a week throughout the summer, including Sundays and Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
  • Fall Hours: September 4 – September 30, Daily 9AM – 5PM
    Activities are offered from 11AM – 2PM
  • October 1 – October 31, Daily 9AM – 5PM, weather permitting
    No activities offered, but the grounds, visitors center, and gift shop are open.
  • Winter Hours: The grounds are closed for the winter, but we are still in the office. If you would like to make a camping reservation, request information, or place a phone order, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email.

behind the barns

Spring Valley MN

  • Annual Meeting – April 7th
  • Spring Teas – May 11th (reservations required)
  • Opening Day – May 25th
  • Ice Cream Social – June 14 5-7 P.M.
  • Eliza Jane School House Days – End of July
  • AG Days Town Celebration – August 15-18
  • Seasonal Closing For Weekdays (Except by Appointment) – September 2nd
  • Seasonal Closing For All Days (Except by Appointment) – October 27th
  • Possible Winter House Tours

Almanzo 100 – Gravel road racing through the beautiful rolling countryside of Fillmore County, NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin – Has moved out of Spring Valley

They aren’t planning on continuing the Christmas Teas.

Other events [ Annual Ice Cream Social, Eliza Jane One Room School Days –Ag Days (town celebration) ] aren’t scheduled yet

Mansfield MO

Note: Recently Mansfield has been scheduling small events without a lot of notice. If this trend continues I will add them to list as soon as I find out about them. This year Mansfield has a theme – A Season With Rose.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival will take place on April 25th and 26th, 2019. It will partner with the author appearance in the Marshfield, Missouri’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

April 28, 2019 “Little House” Cast to gather at the Museum in Mansfield to cut the ribbon on a special exhibit. 2:00pm

May 11, 2019  Justamere Graveyard Workshop [dealing with the cleaning of tombstones]
July 8 – 12, 2019 Rocky Ridge Adventure Pioneer Camp
July 24 – 28, 2019 Rocky Ridge Adventure Pioneer Camp

 

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association is excited to announce the addition of “Rocky Ridge Adventure Pioneer Camp” to our 2019 season! The camp will be for children ages (9-12) and we will offer two different weeks, June 24-28 and July 8-12. Camp will cost $50 per child and will include a week of exciting adventures around Rocky Ridge Farm. Campers will enjoy many learning activities, bringing a hands-on perspective to the pioneer lifestyle. This week of adventure will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. There will be a special rate of $5 off each registration with 2 children or more. Camp will take place, rain or shine!! Your child will not want to miss this special week of historic fun and memories!!!! Register today and reserve your spot in the first summer camp to take place at Rocky Ridge Farm!! Registration cost includes 5 days of camp, tin cup, badge, book, shirt and a hat (bonnet for girls and coon skin cap for boys). Download the Registration Form here 2019 Camper Registration Form For more information, call 417-924-3626.

August 2, 2019 7:00pm – Sunset Serenade with Pa’s Fiddle
September 20, 2019 – in the Evening: Annual Wilder Benefit Dinner- Special Guest Alison Arngrim – not sure on the time  yet
September 21, 2019 – Wilder Day and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Fiddle Off
November 15, 2019 – Season with Rose comes to an end.
December 7, 2019Christmas with Laura 6:00pm

 

The Ozark Mountain Players has not yet set pageant dates this year, but they always do several shows of Laura’s Memories Pageant during Wilder Days.

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Annual Board Meeting where any member may attend Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00am Malone Lodge of the Elks, Elm Street Malone RSVP by farm@almanzowilderfarm.com or 518-483-0774.

Celebration of Youth and Morgan Horse – July 20, 2019

  • Children’s art on display, along with students’ essays. Award ceremony and the announcement of Honorary Laura and Almanzo
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food
  • Entertainment & more!

Annual Cultural Festival– Fete du Quebecois – August 24, 2019

Celebrating the French Canadian heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!

Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment – September 28-29, 2019

  • Civil War living history encampment
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
  • 9th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
  • Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce

Sept. 29, 2018 Open extended Sunday hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Civil War reenactors living history encampment and one skirmish. Regular admission and guided tours available. Last tour at 3:00 pm.

Christmas with Almanzo  – December 7, 2019

  • Children’s  craft activities
  • Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

ALL EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Vinton IA

Tours are not currently available. We are in doubt of future events due to uncertainty of the future of the building.

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Carrie Ingalls Swanzey’s Birthday Party – Date Unknown

William T. Anderson

March 5, 2019 – Marysville Public Library, MI

April 25-27, 2019 – Cherry Blossom Fest, Marshfield, MO, Children’s Lit Fest, Panel with Little House on the Prairie TV show stars

May 30-31, 2019 – Fifth Annual Midwest History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

American Printing House for the Blind – Louisville, Kentucky

They alternate between a Mary Ingalls party and a Louis Braille party. This year is Mary’s turn. Find out more about their other events.

MARY INGALLS: THE FRONTIER YEARS
Saturday, January 5, 1:00-3:00 pm

“My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer,” said Laura Ingalls Wilder, the celebrated author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at the age of fourteen, and Laura became her sister’s eyes, describing the world around her so her sister could “see” as well. Without her sight, Mary was expected to perform her share of the tasks in a frontier family home – housecleaning, cooking, laundry, sewing, looking after children. How did she do that? Our guest exhibitors and presenters are some of our museum friends who are blind or visually impaired. We’ll also sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and celebrate Mary’s birthday with a cake made from Ma’s recipe. Dressing as characters in the Little House books is encouraged. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register. For all ages.

Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA

53nd Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:00PM.
There will be a craft and refreshments provided by the Daugthers of Utah Pioneers who’ll talk about life and sponsored by Friends of the Pomona Public Library.

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

In August 2018 Old World Wisconsin announced that they felt people were getting too focused on events (which frankly is a strange reason to give museum/festival events in general are less of a draw than they were even a few years ago so if they said low attendance was while they weren’t scheduling any would make a lot more sense) and so they are focusing more on on-going activities. I think it will probably return eventually as it has disappeared, returned, stretched to over a month, and shrank back to combined with a single event weekend. However, apparently not this year.

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

They are not doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder event this year. Last year they said their plan was to have a Laura event every other year going forward. This would be the year and they don’t have one scheduled. They are working on their 2020 schedule and are considering a prairie days event, but an inquiry brought the response that so far nothing is decided.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

This year they won’t be having Wilder Weekend they are replacing it with “Novel weekend – Lewis Carroll.”

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – Sunday, September 1, 2019 2pm
Sarah S. Uthoff

Colt on Ingalls Homestead
Colt on Ingalls Homestead

National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum previously had held an annual event, but stopped having it. They brought it back for the 150th as a one shot. This year they are closing for a remodel for February and March and don’t seem to have any events scheduled so far.

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri

Reunion of the TV show castFull Festival Schedule – April 25-27, 2019

Conference

LauraPalooza July 8–10, 2019, Onalaska, WI

UPDATED March 5 2019: I added the Spring Valley dates.

UPDATED March 29 2019: I added the LauraPalooza Conference.

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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Church bell in Belfry
Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove with Pa’s Bell

I recently reposted a video I had made of long-time Walnut Grove leader Shirley Knakmuhs ringing Pa’s church bell on Facebook.

From the TV Show

I got an interesting comment from “Nellie” from the TV show.

Quote from facebook December 15, 2018:

Alison Arngrim This real one is SO MUCH nicer than the fake one “Tinker Jones” “made” on the show! LOL. Ours was fiberglass and just went “thunk, thunk, thunk”.

Now I’ll “thunk, thunk, thunk,” every time I see that episode.

Walnut Grove Bell

The original Congregational Church building was torn down decades ago. Today the bell lives in the belfry of the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Unfortunately the design they chose for their belfry makes it difficult to see or photograph the bell well. The bell is rung every Sunday with the service alternating between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. During the Laura season the church is sometimes open or you’ll find someone who’ll let you in and you’ll hear the bell ring other times.

Red Church Bench in Museum
Congregational Church Bench

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove has a bench believed to be from that original Congregational Church. For a long time it was in the small church built on museum grounds, but today it’s inside the Laura building at the museum.

Church tower pulled up in air with rope at Walnut Grove Pageant
Pageant Chruch Building

You can also see a recreation of the building of the church of each night of the Walnut Grove pageant Fragments of a Dream. The town comes together and dramatically pulls up the bell tower.

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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Cherry Blossom Schedule 2019

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield (MARSH, not MANS), Missouri is a big event. National level speakers come and present. There are reunions of TV show actors and prominent individual actors. I still haven’t made it, but I’ve wanted to for years. In the past few years they’ve made more of a connection with the both the TV show cast and with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in nearby Mansfield. Last year they had a special meal as a fundraiser for the care of museum artifacts. This year they are adding a more formal connection with the museum, including a tour of the site as part of their scheduled events. Tickets go on sale for this year Washington’s Birthday, February 17, 2019.

Find information about this year’s VIP guests by scrolling down their Facebook page. 

Learn more about the festival on their website.

So far this is the schedule they’ve released. I’ve retained their formatting except for making the individual days a heading.

Thursday, April 25 Cherry Blossom Schedule:

(10 AM-5 PM)- Cherry Blossom Quilt Show, sponsored by the Cherry Blossom Auxiliary- Marshfield Assembly of God
9 AM- Louis Picone, Presidential historian and author will speak about our U.S. Presidents- Marshfield Assembly of God.

10:30 AM- “Dear Mrs. Lincoln” Panel, featuring cast members from the historic production: Michael Learned, Conni Brazelton and other- Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- “The American Civil War” Panel, featuring panel members whose relatives were involved in the Civil War. Including Bertram Hayes Davis (Jefferson Davis descendant), Frances Pool (daughter of a Union veteran), Mary Todd Lincoln family member and others- Moderator, Tim Pletkovich – Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- 1 PM- Enchilada Dinner benefiting the Fordland Memorial Library- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $8, pay at the door

1:10 PM- Cherry Blossom Tea, Ginger Alden (Elvis Presley fiancée) will speak and hold a book signing- Marshfield First Baptist Church (Donations accepted)

3:10 PM- “Remembering WW II” Panel, featuring WW II veterans, including: Jack Hamlin, James Shipley (Tuskegee Airmen) and others. Moderator, Myra Miller- Marshfield Assembly of God

4:30 PM- Ella Dickey Literacy Awards, Honoring: Pamela Smith Hill, Gunther Skaletz (Holocaust Survivor), Louis Picone, Chris Noel (actress), Geraldine Hawkins, Resa Willis- Marshfield Assembly of God

4:30 PM- 7:30 PM- Fish Fry to benefit the Vivian Stuber Memorial Library of Niangua- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $9, pay at the door

5:45 PM- Bobby G and Lily Garst History Series: “Reflections of the Vietnam War” Panel, featuring Vietnam veterans and a USO performer. Moderator, Mary Achor- Marshfield Assembly of God

7:30 PM- Clifton Daniel (grandson of President Harry S Truman) brings to life his late grandfather in a one-man production on his life and career- Tickets: $25 (general admission)- Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

Friday, April 26th Cherry Blossom Schedule:

*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from Noon-6 p.m.

*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.

* Quilt Show (10 AM to 5 PM) – Marshfield Assembly of God

9 AM- Robert and Edith Garst History Convocation with Ed Asner (actor) being interviewed on stage- Carl and Glessie Young Community Auditorium

10:15 AM- Annual Missouri Walk of Fame Ceremony, Honoring six famous Missourians with stars on the historic Walk of Fame. Honorees include: Daniel Boone, Conni Brazelton, Paul Hennings, Ed Asner, Rose Wilder Lane – Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Luncheon- Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” with a panel of cast members. Moderator, William Anderson. The luncheon will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Wilder Home and Museum- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $25,  www.lauraingallswilderhome.com or 417-924-3626

1 PM- Larry Cook, Presidential memorabilia collector and historian will speak about “Presidential Children”- Marshfield Assembly of God

2 PM- Missouri First Lady Teresa Parsons will ceremoniously plant a Cherry Blossom tree (Location TBA)

2:20 PM- 9th Annual Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum- Hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation of St. Louis- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:30 PM- Demonstration Cooking class with Chef Roland Mesnier (former White House Pastry Chef)- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $50,  www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

3:10 PM- “Remembering Ronald Reagan” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who knew the 40th President throughout his life and career, including: Charles Patterson, Dr. James Broaddus (Commanding Officer at Camp David), James Kuhn (Assistant to the President), Betsy Koons Robertson (Deputy Press Secretary to Nancy Reagan), Rear Admiral James Symonds (First Commanding Officer of the USS Ronald Reagan), Hon. John L. Harmer (Former Lt. Governor of California). Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God

6:30 PM- Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative Dinner presenting Marshfield’s highest honor to several outstanding Americans. Honoring: Eric Scott (The Waltons), Christopher Radko, Carol Combs-Mueller (It’s a Wonderful Life) and others- Richard LaMotte will serve as master of ceremonies- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $30,  www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174

*Annual Cherry Pie Contest & Auction will be held in conjunction with the Hubble Dinner. Drop off pies from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Marshfield Assembly of God.

Saturday, April 27th Cherry Blossom Schedule:

*Marshfield Lions Club Pancake Day from 6 AM-12:30 PM- $5 all you can eat- Marshfield Lions Club Building

*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from 9 AM-3 p.m.

*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.

8 AM- Randy and Mary Travis will share their testimony at the 9th Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Elkland Independent Methodist Church- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall (Donations accepted for Zuzu’s House)

9:30 AM- Geraldine Hawkins, Presidential historian and author will speak about the relationship between Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt—Marshfield Assembly of God

10:30 AM- “Camp David” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who have worked at or visited the famed Presidential retreat- Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- “Legends of Television and Screen” Panel, featuring actors and actresses from several classic television shows and cinema classics- Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle show), Linda Kaye Henning (Petticoat Junction), Conni Brazelton (ER) and several others. Moderator, Richard LaMotte- Marshfield Assembly of God

12:00 PM- Marshfield High School Alumni luncheon- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Advance tickets: $12, Available by calling 417-839-3560

1:20 PM- “Hidden Waters Wildflower Tour” conducted by Dan Beckner- Hidden Waters Nature Park (weather permitting)

1:20 PM- “Remembering Mamie Eisenhower”, Speaker Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower)- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:20 PM- “Memories of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush”- Personal remembrances from those who knew the 41st President and First Lady- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:30 PM- Cherry Blossom Cookie Decorating class with Desi Becht (Cherry Blossom committee member)- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall- Advance tickets: $20 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

3:20 PM- “Presidential Family Forum” Featuring descendants of many of the American Presidential First Families- Marshfield Assembly of God- Moderator, Larry Cook

10 Annual State Dinner
Speaker: Richard Thomas (John Boy, The Waltons)
5:30 PM- Doors open
6 PM- Dinner will begin
Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
Tickets: $60 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174

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AirBnb in Walnut Grove and Other Lodging

If there is one thing that would make Walnut Grove a better place to visit, it would be for there to be a good place to spend the night in town. Traffic would be slow most of the year I think, but June, July, and August would be bursting at the seams. It would be good for the town also since spending a night in a place statistically increases the amount of money you spend there which helps keep businesses that support tourists going. Having a place to stay lined up as early as possible is a key to a successful Walnut Grove visit.

Sign and depot building at Laura IngallsWilder Museum in Walnut Grove
Walnut Grove Museum

Lodging Options

Most of the “Walnut Grove” lodging options take you out of town. Personally for many years I got to stay with Shirley Knackmuhs who ran a sort of free bed and breakfast for Laura people, but sadly those days are gone. See comments on where else I’ve stayed at the bottom.

(Personally I’ve often wished that some of the same laws that cover temporary hotels or camps in Europe were in effect here since from what I’ve seen on travel shows they have a lot more leeway for setting up temporary options. I could easily see “rooms” set up in a barn or even some of the public buildings in town if health/fire regulations easily allowed it — but as it they don’t.)

AirBnb

Walnut Grove as a community have recognized this need for lodging and have struggled with a way to meet it. A definite step in the right direction is the addition of two AirBnbs. The one that’s already listed on the museum’s lodging page is Half-Pint’s Hideway and allows you to rent an entire 3 bedroom house.

The second one which I think will soon be listed there is Little Room on the Prairie which is a double bed in a single bedroom.

There were several others listed in the surrounding area which I hadn’t known were available until I did a search for this post. So they would be another option.

Honestly I have issues with AirBnbs for economical and civics reasons I won’t dwell on here, but with them in Walnut Grove I’ll probably be swallowing my principles and staying in one sooner or later. I have to admit that in the specific situation of a town with a focused short run of tourism each year most of those reasons I have for objecting don’t really apply and for Laura towns this might actually be a great choice for the owners/hosts, the towns, and the tourists.

Personal Experiences

Within the last 5 years I’ve stayed at two hotels in the immediate area around Walnut Grove. The Wilder Inn, which had nice rooms even if they were small, but, since I’d grayed my hair, forced me to take a cold water shower. (I think it was a temporary problem because I haven’t heard that complaint from other people although staff were sparse on both information about what was happening and on concern that I didn’t have any hot water.) However, the speed in which you could get to and from Walnut Grove made the inconveniences worth it and on that account alone I recommend it highly if you can get a reservation. Understand what the Wilder Inn is though. It’s one of the second generation of motels (in between the stand alone tourist cabins my grandparents honeymooned in and the single level hotels with doors that opened right to your parking spot that were just starting to age out of my youth – if you want to see either they have a great display of them at the Henry Ford). It’s been upgraded several times since then, but that’s its bones so don’t expect more than it can give. I’d also recommend grabbing breakfast at the Subway across the street in Tracy if it’s a big attendance day in Walnut Grove and at Nellie’s in Walnut Grove if it isn’t.

I also stayed at the motel in Springfield, Minnesota which is 25 miles from Walnut Grove. While you could see it had been built as a nice hotel (for the size and area) it really hadn’t been kept up and is off the Walnut Grove lodging page. I liked the town though. I was sorry the hotel hadn’t been kept up. Since it’s no longer listed on the lodging page I mainly mention it because the distances are listed on the lodging page and Springfield was 25 miles away. I ended up wanting something I left back in the room and just one added trip seemed to take forever and that’s someone who’s always lived in the country so I’m used to driving. The closer you can get the better.

I have stayed in several of the hotels along I-90 when I was driving part way to Walnut Grove and staying over to get an early start in the morning, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that if you’re planning on coming back to Walnut Grove the next day OR if you’re planning on staying for the pageant.

Camping

I’m not really a camper, but if you have a tent and like to camp or an RV it means that you can get some of the closest places to stay in any of the Laura towns. So if that’s an option for you, seriously consider it for most Laura towns especially Walnut Grove, Minnesota and Burr Oak, Iowa where there really aren’t any/many other “in town” options.

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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Pepin Old Fashioned Photos

19th Century Photographer Display

One of the great new additions to Laura Ingalls Wilder Days this year was a period photographer. “New in the Traditional Crafts Area, Robert Taunt from La Crosse, will appear as an early photographer from Brady Photographic Studio. He will show original photos, old style cameras and talk about the early photographic process. If you would like to have a photo made, he can recreate the old time sepia images from the era of Laura Ingalls Wilder.”

Photographer in costume with large old-fashioned camera
Robert Taunt, Brady Studio Photographer

Taunt doesn’t use a real tintype camera, but he has a box set up with a modern camera inside. He has filters to make it look old-fashioned like a tintype. For the fee he included two prints, one in color and one in sephia.

Sarah in her 1890s dress in set up
Me in the set up

Prints were later delivered by mail and include all rights for reprint.

Sarah in Sephia close up

Make your plan now to visit next year and get your shot done.

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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.