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.

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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 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.

Schoolhouse Replica in Malone NY

Recreated Wilder Barns
Recreated Wilder Barns

Check out this radio news story from NPR. One of the improvements on the Almanzo Wilder Farm grounds has been the building of the one-room school replica. They just finished a successful fundraising campaign of $950 to add a belfry to the school and I realized I still hadn’t shared this news story so it seems like the perfect time.

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22602/20130826/a-little-schoolhouse-in-the-woods

Sadly they don’t give time codes, but this is interesting for this. The news story is from August 2013 and covers the event. Although it mentions celebrities Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) who dedicated and appeared, the interview is with vice-president of the Wilder Association Ken Carre who was actually involved in the building. It’s a good and interesting interview. They are wanting to represent rural life in the “North Country” in the 1860s. Hops was the big cash crop, but there isn’t any evidence that James Wilder grew it. They address the fact that there are three possible schools as candidates for the one Almanzo attended and the downside to moving them that lead them to go the replica route. They based a lot of the school, especially on the interior, on a contract that they found for a nearby school that was built at the same town. They acknowledge schools were different in different areas. He talks about the 1920s is all of history because it’s what we remember and have photographs of bias. Carre also talks about the international appeal of the Little House series.

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.

December 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Photo in Wilder Farmhouse - Courtesy of Connie Jenkins
Photo in Wilder Farmhouse – Courtesy of Connie Jenkins

Even though almost all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites close down sometime during the fall, a couple re-open for a special Christmas event. I really thought I’d get to the Christmas event at Mansfield (they take a photo of you in the living room – want to go so badly!) but I’m going to be presenting at Hoover instead, not a bad deal. If you go, please share photos.

West Branch, IA
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – Christmas Past event – West Branch, Iowa –

  • Friday, Dec 6: Storytelling 6:30pm – 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 7 – Packing Up 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pepin, WI –
Open for the town of Pepin celebration, Hometown Holidays, December 6, 2013 – December 8, 2013 (all-day).

http://pepinwisconsin.com/hometown-holidays

De Smet, SD –
They don’t have a Christmas event, but the Memorial Society open all year including this month with slightly reduced hours during winter. They will close December 24-27 for Christmas and December 31-January 1 for New Years.

Mansfield, MO 
Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event December 7, 2013.

Malone/Burke, NY –
Christmas With Almanzo event has traditionally been one day and was that way on the schedule, but they just announced it’s going to two Saturdays.

  • December 1st  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • December 7th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Spring Valley, MN –
Director Julie Mlinar shared about their annual Christmas teas: “The teas are actually a luncheon hosted at the historical Washburn Zittleman house museum on Sat and Sun, Dec 14 &15 with sitting at 1 pm. Reservations must be in by Dec. 9th and it is best to call early as the spots fill up fast. The luncheon includes choice of 3 soups, a chicken salad croissant with dessert and tea or coffee. Tickets are $10 and other days and times can be set for groups.  We will do mail orders for the gift shop but will have to be by cashier check as our credit card machine has been down and we won’t get a different one till next spring.”

Sarah S. Uthoff is 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.