August 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August is another busy month for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans.

Little OOPS on the Prairie – Blue Belle Inn – St. Ansgar, IA – August 2-3, 2013
I’ve had the pleasure of staying in the Anne’s House of Dreams room and touring the rest which are all dedicated to children’s literature themes, including Plum Creek. But in addtion for a short run discover a fractured fairy tale style “whodunit” murder mystery by published author and innkeeper Sherrie Hansen.

Carrie Ingalls Birthday – Keystone, SD – August 3, 2013
This event is usually held on Carrie’s birthday every year and features the museum being open, birthday cake, and other events. I didn’t get a response to be query whether they would be doing it this year, but I assume they are.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days – Genesee Country Village & Museum – Mumford, NY – August 3-4, 2013
GCVM is a well respected living history site. They have three areas that interpret from 1795 to 1920. I haven’t made it to this event and haven’t heard a lot so I can’t give any details.

5th Harvey Dunn Plein Air Event – Ingalls Homestead – De Smet, SD – August 9, 10, 11, 2013
In honor of Grace’s nephew by marriage, famous artist (he has his own stamp) Harvey Dunn the Harvey Dunn Society in conjunction with the Ingalls Homestead offers an event where artists register for a spot to create art in the out of doors. The product must be produced on site and then it is offered for sale. You might have noticed paintings from previous years around De Smet, some are very impressive. I haven’t made it to this one, but it’s on my life goals list.

Little House on the Prairie Museum – Independence, KS – Special Living History Appearances
-Kansas Forts and Bases: Author Book Talk- August 17th 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
-She Fought Like a Lion: Sarah Seelye in the Civil War- August 20th 6:30 pm at the Independence Public Library (outreach living history program program provided by LHOPM)

Almanzo Wilder Farm – Malone/Burke, NY –  Schoolhouse Dedication – Sat. Aug. 24, 2013
In celebration of the completion of our replica one-room schoolhouse!

Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder HomesteadSaturday, August 24th, 10am-4pm
• Special guests, Dean Butler and Lucy Lee Flippin with Bill Anderson
• Guest book, DVD, and picture signing
• Fiddlers, period activities, and demonstrations
• Reduced admission and self-guided tours. Food available

Laura’s Memories Pageant – Mansfield, MO – Aug. 30-31, 2013 (One weekend only in August, other dates will continue in September)
The evening shows are on 7:30 PM both days and the morning performance on the 31st only at 10:30 AM.

Almanzo Wilder Farm Events 2012

Here are the events as listed in the Spring 2012 issue of the Wilder Homestead News.

Open May 26th 

Dean Butler visited Malone NY, so should you!

July, August Story Hour for children,
Two days per month from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Adult must accompany and remain with their children.

July 22-28 Children’s School Tour Juried Art Show
Artwork on Display in Museum

July 28 Children’s Gala and Morgan Horse Special Event
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM Self Guided Tours
Reduced Admission: Adults $5, Children 6-16 $3, Children under 5 Free
Beverages Available
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Children’s Art Activities and Games (open to public’s children). Awards at 12 Noon
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Morgan Horse Performance under the direction of Karen Lassell from Miner Institute

September 23 – 29 As Time Passes – 2nd Annual Adult Juried Art Show
View juried artwork by local artists. Vote for Best in Show.

September 23 Gala Opening As Time Passes
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments in the Visitors’ Center

September 29 Annual Harvest Festival and Civil War Encampment
1o:00 AM- 4:00 PM Self – Guided Tours
Reduced Admission: Adults $5, Children 6-16 $3, Children under 5 Free
Family Activities: pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, 19th century games, chapter readings from Farmer Boy and more.
Food and Beverages available.

September 30 Homestead open, Continued Civil War Encampment
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

December 1 Celebrate Christmas With Almanzo
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Free Admission
Enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house at 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Free gift wrapping for purchased gift items.

Contact the Farm for more information:

2010 Wilder Farmstead in Burke/Malone NY

Recreated Wilder Barns

Season: May 29-Sept. 30 Monday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm
Last tour begins at 3:00 pm each day

July 31 – Hay Days of Summer 10 am to 5 pm
Morgan Horse Presentation by Karen Laselle from the Minor Institute
William T. Anderson signing books
Andrew Perry Cloggers
Carl Stickney Exhibit: Artifacts of Almanzo’s Time
Period Games
Textile crafts demonstration

September 25 – Annual Harvest Festival 10 am to 5 pm
Collectibles and Craft Fair
Period Games
Textile crafts demonstration
Carl Stickney Exhibit: Artifacts of Almanzo’s Time
Pumpkin Painting
Readings from Farmer Boy
Scarecrow building

December 4 Celebrate Christmas with Almanzo 11 am to 3 pm
Readings from Farmer Boy
Christmas cookies
Christmas carols
Children’s activities
Gift Shop for Christmas Shopping

Call 1-866-438-FARM for more information


One of the major agricultural products of Franklin County, New York was hops. Hops are primarily used in the brewing of beer. A couple of years of bad hop crops had depressed the area around Malone/Burke shortly before the James Wilder family left. There isn’t any evidence that James Wilder grew hops himself, but he surely would have known about such a staple to the area. The Franklin County (NY) Historian recently published a blog post on hops, read more about it here:

Franklin Historical Review Vol. 44

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Courthouse

The latest issue of the Franklin Historical Review announces two new spots for local history displays in Malone, NY. First, in honor of the bicentennial of Franklin County there is a new display case in the Main Street lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse. Last year it showed the objects they are putting in a time capsule in honor of the bicentennial, but they intend to use it in the future for a rotating display on Franklin County. This is the courthouse where Dorothy Smith did her research on the Wilder family and the Wilder farm. Second, the Franklin County Historical Society has turned what used to be the old library room in the House of History into a rotating exhibit room. The first exhibit will be on the history of the Franklin Academy where the Wilder children attended.

The “Postcards From the Past” article offers postcards of the Railroad Station and 3 cornered square in Malone and the Flannigan Hotel in Malone while it was being built, which is currently undergoing refurbishment right on the corner of the 3 cornered square. A final article includes a detailed description of the Salmon River Valley in 1858.