June 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

During June check out these Laura Ingalls Wilder related events around the country.

  • Mansfield, MO, Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum, Fundraiser Dinner – June 7, 2014

    Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet
    Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet
  • Independence, KS, Little House on the Prairie Museum, Prairie Days June 14, 2014

    Mark your calendars!  Prairie Days 2014 will be on Saturday, June 14th.  This all day event features living historians in all of our historic buildings and on the grounds bringing the 19th century to life before your very eyes.  The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  With music, food vendors, craft demonstrators, living historians, a Little House character competition a day on the prairie is great for the whole family.  Our full schedule of  Prairie Days activities will be posted on this website as we are closer to the festival.  Keep checking for updates. To see photos from Prairie Days 2013 visit our Facebook page.
    Admission:  $6 adults, $3 children under 18, $3 seniors 65 and older.
    We do not offer group rates for Prairie Days.
    http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2014_Events.html

  • Pepin WI, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – New Addition Opens June 21, 2014
  • Burr Oak IA, Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum – Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 28-29, 2014
    http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/laura-days/
  • Independence, KS, Little House on the Prairie Museum,  Pioneer Women in Kansas June 28th, 2014
    Join director/historian as she brings pioneer women of Kansas to life from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  She will portray a pioneer woman in the cabin, a working woman in the post office and a school teacher in the Sunnyside School.  From 11:00-1:00 visit the cabin and meet a pioneer woman, from 1:30-2:45 visit the post office and meet a post mistress, from 3:00-4:00 meet a one room schoolhouse teacher.
    http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2014_Events.html 
  • Eagle, WI, Old World Wisconsin, World of Little House – June 28, 2014 – July 31, 2014
    http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/2399

Fundraising

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 Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,  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.

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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.

September 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

September is always a big event month at the homesites.

Kitty Latane Tinsmith
Kitty Latane

Note: Several of the Laura homesites cut back hours after Labor Day, call ahead if you’re planning a trip to confirm.

Laura Days – Pepin, WI – Sept. 14-15, 2013
This large Laura event takes in the whole town. It includes historic craft demonstrations, what is becoming a massive regional fiddle contest, one of the biggest Little Miss Laura contests, and yours truly as the keynote speaker, plus much more. Read more about it on their website:
http://lauradays.org

Watch my trip to Laura Days last year:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/pepin-laura-days-video-roundup

Laura’s Memories Pageant – Mansfield, MO – Sept. 6-7, 13-14, & 20-21, 2013
Evening performances start at 7:30 and our morning show (Sept. 21) is at 10:30 AM
http://www.laurasmemories.com/calendar-of-events (they’ve been having trouble with the website if you can’t get in)

Wilder Days – Mansfield, MO – Sept. 20-22,2013
This is another whole town event that includes special events at the museum (hear Pa’s fiddle play in person), in town, and with the pageant. This year’s special guest is Dean Butler.
Town Schedule: http://mansfieldmissourichamber.org/wilder-days-2013-schedule-sept-20-22/
Museum Wilder Days information: http://www.lauraingallswilderhome.com/?page_id=1304

Little House on the Prairie Museum – Independence, KS – Lamplight on the Prairie- September 28, 2013 6:00-9:30 pm
Lamplight on the Prairie is a fall evening guided group tour of Little House on the Prairie Museum by lamplight.  Tour stops with living historians and step back in time and learn about pioneer life and Kansas history.
Admission:  $6 adults, $3 children under 18, $3 seniors over 65
Tickets are available for purchase beginning September 1st.  You will be asked to select a tour time (6:00pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm or 9:00pm) Please note:  Steady rain or severe weather will cancel the event.
http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2013_Events.html

Almanzo Wilder Farm – Malone/Burke, NY – Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment
Saturday, September 28th, 10am-4pm

  • Reduced Admission: Adults $5, 6-16, $3
  • All Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours.
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the apple orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn, Farmer Boy readings
  • 4th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display in the museum.
  • Food and beverages available. Freshly made donuts!

Sunday, September 29th, 10:00-4:00

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

http://www.almanzowilderfarm.com/calendar.htm

And the Pioneer Girl project, who delayed their publication of Pioneer Girl earlier this year, has set another publication date (I’ve been waiting since first firm publication date back in 1984 and still counting, their current prospected date would make it 30 years even since the first announced definite publication date – with a different publisher):
http://pioneergirlproject.org/2013/08/26/a-new-time-frame-for-pioneer-girl

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.
http://www.bluebelleinn.com/html/event_calendar.html

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.
http://www.gcv.org/EventCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?eid=20
http://her.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130730/ENT03/307300008

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.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/HARVEY-DUNN-SOCIETY/195820682330

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)
http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2013_Events.html

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.
http://www.laurasmemories.com/calendar-of-events

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:
http://www.almanzowilderfarm.com

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

Hops

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:

http://franklinhistorian.blogspot.com/2010/01/hops.html