July 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

July is the busiest month for events at the Laura homesites. For a long time I avoided Laura Ingalls Wilder events because I dislike crowds and I was used to the big events they used to have at Ushers Ferry. However, after I started going I discovered that there are all sorts of special activities. It’s not the same experience as going when it’s quieter, but it’s definitely worth a trip to any Laura event.

Horses and Covered Wagon
Horses and Covered Wagon at Ingalls Homestead

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 14-15, 2017
  • July 21-22, 2017
  • July 28-29, 2017

It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Pageant! Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 15, July 22, and July 29, 2017

11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer. At this point, no speakers or celebrity appearances are scheduled.

De Smet SD

July 14-16 2017 – an event in De Smet, South Dakota in honor of Laura’s 150th anniversary

Little Town on the Prairie

  • July 7, 8, 9, 2017
  • July 14, 15, 16 2017
  • July 21, 22, 23 2017

Pageant Selection for 2018 – These Happy Golden Years

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Eliza Jane School Days – July 24-25 & 27-28, 2017

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

July 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2017

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

July 22, 2017 Laura: Happy 150th

  • Birthday cake!
  • Children’s art on display, along with students’ essays. Award ceremony and the announcement of Honorary Laura and Almanzo
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food
  • Entertainment & more!

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

 

World of Little House – July 22, 2017 to July 30, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Watch their website for more information.

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.

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.

Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Report 1

Join us for an initial report on the biggest cast reunion for 40th Anniversary of the NBC Little House on the Prairie TV Show. It will be held in Walnut Grove, Minnesota the real life version of the setting of the TV show. This was recorded at the end of October, so a few things changed since then; another cast member has signed on (find the current list at the Official website), the pageant tickets are now available for sale, and they have some of the reunion souvenirs available now at the Walnut Grove Museum Gift Shop.

Our guest was Walnut Grove museum director Amy Ankrum and Paul Valenti calls in halfway as a surprise guest. They talk about the major event the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and the Walnut Grove Pageant are planning for next July in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show. We talked about what’s happening, who’s coming, and what to expect. Ankrum was coming off the five site meeting and will give us all the latest Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum news.

Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Sarah Uthoff (Sarah Uthoff)
Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Sarah Uthoff (Sarah Uthoff)

Click to listen:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2013/10/30/ep-46–walnut-grove-hosting-40th-anniversary

Official Website:
http://www.walnutgrove.org/Reunion.htm

Wading in Plum Creek Video:

Museum Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LIWMuseumWG

Paul’s Twitter:
https://twitter.com/pdvalenti64

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events July 2013

July tends to be the busiest month for Laura Ingalls Wilder events. I hope that I’ve gotten them all.

Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant
Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle, WI – Special Laura Ingalls Wilder Activities All Month
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/laura-ingalls-wilder-month-at-old-world-wisconsin

Almanzo Wilder Farm – Malone/Burke, NY – July 6, 2013  Children’s Gala and Independence Day Celebration
Children’s activities, artwork on display in the museum. 10:00 AM -4:00 PM Self guided tours. Reduced Admission: Adults $5.00, children 6-16 $3.00, 5 and under free; Bring a picnic lunch! Food and beverages will be available.

Laura’s Memories Pageant – Mansfield, MO – July 5-6, 2013 (One weekend only in July, other dates will continue in August and September)
The evening shows are on 7:30 PM both days and the morning performance on the 6th only at 10:30 AM.
http://www.laurasmemories.com/calendar-of-events

Note: The De Smet, South Dakota and Walnut Grove, Minnesota Pageants are normally on the same weekends to facilitate you attending both.  However, it looks like they got thrown off this year. Also, note that De Smet still does Sunday shows and Walnut Grove doesn’t.

Walnut Grove Pageant, Walnut Grove, MN – July 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 2013
The pageant starts at 9:00 PM.  Check the special events schedule separately.
http://www.walnutgrove.org/pageant.htm (Pageant)
http://www.walnutgrove.org/events.htm (Special Events)

De Smet Pageant – De Smet, SD –  July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2013
Little Town on the Prairie is the selection for this year the pageant starts at 8:00 PM with the gates opening at 6:00 PM.
http://www.desmetpageant.org

Little House on the Prairie Museum – Independence, KS – Special Living History Appearences
-Schoolhouse Days with Mrs. Little- July 13th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
-Meet Caroline Ingalls- July 27th 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2013_Events.html

UPDATE: Mary Ingalls Tours, Iowa School for the Blind – Vinton, IA – July 16, 2013
Contact the school and ask for Pat Barr for more information
http://www.iowa-braille.k12.ia.us

UPDATE: Franklin County Fair – Malone, NY – July 17-21, 2013
http://www.frcofair.com

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days – Heritage Hill – Green Bay, WI – July 26-27, 2013
Event at a historic park, but focuses on guests this year Alison Arngrim (TV’s Nellie Oleson)  and Dean Butler (TV’s Almanzo Wilder), 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
http://www.heritagehillgb.org/calendar/laura-ingalls-wilder-daysfriday/267