August 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

WG Dolls 1During August check out these Laura Ingalls Wilder related events around the country. August seems to be a big time for Laura events so if I’ve missed one please let me know. I should have done this post first this month. We’ve missed a couple already, but I’ll include them anyway.

I’m still playing with the formatting of these posts. Do you like this look better? Would a list by calendar date be more helpful than by place? Please comment in how I can make these more useful to you.

Vinton IA

First Annual Mary Ingalls Society Pageant August 1-2, 2014

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

No matter what day of the week it falls on, Keystone always does an event on Aug. 3rd, Carrie’s birthday

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Aug. 2-3, 2014

Laura Historian William T. Anderson will be speaking.

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant
Aug. 29-30, 2014 Look for more dates in September

Malone/Burke NY

Find their calendar list with more details here.

Cultural Festival- Fete Du Quebecois (NEW!) Aug. 23, 2014

And finally as a heads up for the beginning of next month

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Good news, I’m returning as speaker!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – Sept. 1, 2014

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.

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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.

July 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

During July check out these Laura Ingalls Wilder related events around the country. July seems to be a big time for Laura events so if I’ve missed one please let me know.

I’m still playing with the formatting of these posts. Do you like this look better? Would a list by calendar date be more helpful than by place? Please comment in how I can make these more useful to you.

Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant
Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant
  • Walnut Grove MN

    Fragments of a Dream Pageant July 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2014

    Cast Reunion July 25, 26, 27, 2014 – 40th Anniversary of “Little House on the Prairie TV Show” Many cast members coming. – Don’t expect to just show up that weekend. Make plans now.

  • De Smet SD

    These Happy Golden Years Pageant – July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 15, 26, 27, 2014

  • Mansfield MO

    Laura’s Memories Pageant – July 5, 11-12, 18-19, 2014
    *More dates in August and September

  • Malone/Burke NY

    Children’s Art & Morgan Horse Event – July 26, 2014

  • Independence KS

    One Room Schoolhouse Days with Kay Little – July 12, 2014
    Join Kay Little from Little History Adventures as she provides one room schoolhouse lessons in the Sunnyside Schoolhouse from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

    Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder (1894) – July 26, 2014
    Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder in 1894 as she is moving from DeSmet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri.  Laura will visit our Sunnyside Schoolhouse at 12:00 pm and again at 3:00 pm and share her story.

  • Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

    World of Little House – June 28, 2014 – July 31, 2014

  • Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

    Laura Ingalls Wilder Days with guests Alison Arngrim and Dean Butler – July 12th and 13th, 2014 (Corrected Date)
    Laura Historian Bill Anderson will be speaking.

  • Vinton IA

    First Annual Mary Ingalls Society Pageant August 1-2, 2014 *This is next month, but so close to the beginning I wanted to make sure to make to point it out.

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.

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.

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