Dean Butler on Almanzo Wilder Farmstead Site

Dean Butler visited Malone NY, so should you!

Dean Butler has been the TV star most closely associated with the Almanzo Wilder farm in Malone/Burke, New York. He created a documentary about Almanzo and the homesite, Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura.

Now he’s helping kick off a new fundraising campaign.

Highlights from the Video

Almanzo-Almonzo name

Wear and Tear on home, drainage issues

Launch of fundraising campaign

Endowment for home

Biggest crowds when Dean comes

Fundraising Campaign

The campaign intends to address both short term needs and long term goals.

From their website:
“The time has come for ALIWA to address some significant work that is needed to maintain the historic Wilder home and the barns. While supporters have been very generous over the years and visitor numbers continue to increase, other increased costs of operating the homestead do not allow us to accumulate the funds necessary to address costly maintenance needs. There is significant roof repair needed on the replica barns. The house has been suffering from drainage issues that, if not corrected, will continue to create excess moisture in the house, which has already begun to result in rot. The fix for this will require extensive ground and, possibly, well work to be done, as well as repair and mitigation efforts in the house itself. We have begun working with local architect, Tim McCarthy, to manage these projects.”

Learn more about the campaign.

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.

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September 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

While August was quiet, September has one last big splurge of big Laura events before most of the sites close down for the winter.

Pepin Replica Cabin
Pepin Replica Cabin

 

Pepin WI

Laura Days – September 9-10, 2017

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale September 1, 2017 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant
Sept 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2017

Wilder Days: September 15,16, & 17, 2017

A special dinner in honor of Laura’s 150th birthday has been added to the Wilder event. Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder on the NBC series) will be appearing. You will be allowed to take photos in front of the Rocky Ridge living room fireplace.
http://lauraingallswilderhome.com/?product=150th-birthday-celebration-vip-reception-add-on

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Sept. 23, 2017 Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment

  • Civil War living history encampment and
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
  • 8th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
  • Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce

Sept. 24 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 3pm.

Vinton IA

Marc and Brandi Janssen Mary Ingalls Fiddle Program – October 15, 2017

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – September 4, 2017

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

Almanzo Farmstead Events Malone 2017

Check out the events at the Almanzo Wilder farm in Malone/Burke, New York in 2017. The Almanzo Wilder farm is located between Malone and Burke, New York and is the setting of Farmer Boy. They were late getting started as a museum, but did a wonderful job in getting started including a two season archeological dig. They are well worth a visit.

events-2017

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

Little House Fans Head North

Wilder House with Flag
Wilder House with Flag

Recently the Almanzo Wilder Homestead News newsletter’s top story was the fact that Mountain Lake PBS (the affiliate for up state New York) had done a news magazine story on the Wilder farm as it stands today. It includes footage inside the house where you’re not normally allowed to take photos. The guide points to where the blacking brush Almanzo threw at Eliza Jane hit (they show a blacking brush, but I think it might have been a bigger brush if he could throw it very well).

The story focuses on tour guides Katelyn Pierce and Jim Lusk.

Malone is a great place to visit, but it’s a long drive down a two lane road from everywhere. Enjoy this short visit and plan one in real life too.

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

May 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Masters Hotel
Masters Hotel

May is when many of the homesites open up so watch for a post later with a list of them. Other than that there are a couple of actual events this month.

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

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 30, 2016 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Wilder Fest – May 13-15, 2016

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

2016 Events at the Almanzo Wilder Farm in Malone/Burke NY

The Almanzo Wilder Farm located between Malone and Burke, New York had a late start as a museum, but has done impressive work. It not only boasts the only family home described in the “Little House” books that is still in its original location, but also has rebuilt the barns and outbuildings which are key to show it was a farm not just a house. They started with a multi-year archaeological dig which revealed the locations and sizes of almost all of the outbuildings and were able to determine things like the original porches of the house. Without the growth of trees in between, on a good day you could see Canada from the houseyard. There’s no way to get around that it’s a long drive down a two lane from anywhere, but a visit there is worth it.

Wilder House with Flag
Wilder House with Flag

OPEN FOR TOURS BY APPOINTMENT

Beginning in May, advance appointments can be made for tours, depending on tour guide availability. Minimum admission is $25. Please call or email to schedule. 2 weeks notice preferred.

OPEN DAILY FOR THE SEASON, MAY 28th

Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm. Last tour all days at 3:00pm.

CELEBRATION OF YOUTH

Saturday, July 30th, 10am-4pm.

  • Children’s art show will be on display, along with student essays. Award ceremony.
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food available.
  • Morgan horses from Wm. H. Miner Institute
  • Watch for more details, including entertainment!

CULTURAL FESTIVAL- IRISH FENIAN FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 27th, 10am-4pm.

Celebrating the Irish heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with food, music, demonstrations, and more, Fenian Raid reenactments. More details to follow.

ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL & CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT

Saturday, September 24th, 10am-4pm.

  • All Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours.
  • Civil War living history encampment and skirmishes
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the apple orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn, Farmer Boy readings.
  • 7th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display in the museum. Vote for People’s Choice.
  • Food and beverages available. Freshly made donuts! More details to follow.

Sunday, September 25th, 10am-4pm

  • Open extended Sunday hours 10am-4pm; Regular admission and guided tours available.
  • Civil War Encampment and skirmish

FINAL DAY OF REGULAR SEASON, October 2nd

OPEN FOR TOURS BY APPOINTMENT For the month of October, advance appointments can be made for tours, depending on tour guide availability. Minimum admission is $25. Please call or email to schedule. 2 week’s notice preferred.

“CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH ALMANZO”

Saturday, December 3rd – 11am-3:pm Free admission. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items. “Happy Christmas!”

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

Wilder Farm From The Air

I wanted to make sure everyone got to see this video footage of the Wilder farm in Malone/Burke, New York. It really stumped me at first because while it’s too smooth to be a hand carried camera it was too bumpy to be either a camera on rails, a boom, or a professional steady cam camera man. (Especially note the strange hesitations before they fly through the building. When I posted this confusion on Facebook I was took it was shot with a miniature camera attached to a remote control helicopter type vehicle.  In other words, they used something like this. That made me immediately want one. How fun would that be!

Recreated Wilder Barns
Recreated Wilder Barns

There aren’t any spoken words or soundtrack so this might help you figure out what you’re seeing. Strangely it avoids the house at first and the new one-room school, but it gives you a nice overview of the reconstructed barns. Then we enter through one of the doors of the big barn and follow back through it to the walled in barnyard behind it. The big barn open at left should be the first one they flew through. Cut back above the barns and we get a good look at this walled in barnyard. Then we reverse our path through the barn and come out and get a quick glimpse of the house. Then cut to entrance through the door that’s on the far left of the barns into the carriage and sleigh storage area. Attention finally turns to the house. After that we get a beautiful shot of the barns from the field right behind the barnyard and that’s it. The Music is from Sleeping Giant Records and is a folk song recorded in 2001.

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.