Laura Ingalls Wilder 2016 Season Ends and Christmas Events

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April

October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then snow photos. I called around to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/laura-links/

As a heads up the weather this fall has been unusually mild across the Midwest as a whole, but one big snow storm has already cut across the upper Midwest reaching De Smet, Walnut Grove, and points east. The weather forecast is still calling for a cold and snowy winter once it does arrive so account for that possibility in your plans if you are planning a winter trip.

Pepin, WI – Closed for the season Oct. 26, 2016. They aren’t participating in the town’s Christmas event this year.

Independence, KS – They closed for the season in October.

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season November 1, 2016, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open during November and December 23, 2016 from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. After Christmas it will be open Monday –  Friday, same hours, until March 1, 2016. If you’re looking for winter homesite photos, they have snow already.

Burr Oak, IA – Closed mid-October 2016. Beginning in September they have reduced hours. In October they are open Thurs.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm and Sunday noon-4 pm. They will have their annual fundraising event Dec. 12th. If you’d like to attend contact the museum. Best bet is to e-mail them because they are not in the office every day.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, MondayFriday 9 am -4 pm.  They suggest tour times at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. They will be closed from Dec. 24, 2016 to Jan. 2, 2017.
Hours Chart

Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed at the end of October. Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30th. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.

Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 2016. Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). Bookstore 10 am -2 pm.
Christmas at Laura’s
Chistmas Tradition here on Rocky Ridge Farm. Free admission to the historic home featuring vintage decorations. Tunes on Pa’s fiddle. Bring YOUR camera or cell phone for pictures with Santa by Laura’s fireplace. Normally photos aren’t allowed inside the house so this is a rare treat. Tastings from Laura’s own recipes. Laura’s Christmas is scheduled for December 3, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Weather Permitting. (NOTE*) If the parade is canceled for bad weather Laura’s Christmas will be canceled as well. Come celebrate Christmas with us in a most special way!

Malone, NY – Closed October 2, 2016 Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing farm@almanzowilderfarm.com Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 3, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. “For this event admissions free. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house at 11:30 and 1:00. (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!””

Spring Valley, MN – They closed for the season at the end of October, but they reopen for Christmas teas. Teas will be held on Dec. 3-4, 2016 at 12:30 each day. Cost is $12 for the lunch. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. Contact the museum at wilderinspringvalley@hotmail.com

Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2016.

Vinton, IA – Pat Barr passed along this information: “Our hours are the same year round – 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday. A group larger than five should contact me – all others are welcome to drop in.  My phone number is:  319-472-5221, Extension 1110.  My e-mail is:  pbarr@iowa-braille.k12.ia.us ” The biennial membership meeting is December 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

December 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

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 –
http://www.nps.gov/heho/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=237606-206081

  • Friday, Dec 5: Storytelling 6:30pm – 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 6 – Packing Up 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Xmas invite

Pepin, WI –
Open for the town of Pepin celebration, Hometown Holidays, December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2014 (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 22-January 1 for Christmas and New Years.

Mansfield, MO 
Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Check out their invitation and suggestions for Christmas gifts from their giftshop.

Malone/Burke, NY –
Christmas With Almanzo event Saturday, December 6th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Spring Valley, MN –
Director Julie Mlinar shared about their annual Christmas teas: “They reopen for Christmas teas. Teas will be Dec. 6-7 with sittings at 12:30 pm each day. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. The cost for the tea is $10. They will also be having house tours that same week-end from 1pm-4pm each day.  The cost for the tours is $7 and includes three area homes. For more info call 507-346-7659.”

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

In addition to the Christmas events, there are Laura Ingalls Wilder plays all around the country. I’m listing the entire season’s worth below so you can make plans if one is in your regional area:

Fort Wayne, Indiana (they are incredibly vague on their website about where the production will actually be held since they describe themselves as a traveling repertory company, but the performance dates and the office contact information is listed below) – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks, Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Basic Information (dates, ticket prices, etc.):
https://allforonefw.wordpress.com
Information about and photo of cast:
https://allforonefw.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/rehearsing-with-music
3901 South Wayne Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46807, (260) 745-4364

Sarah Uthoff dressed as 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder by Bonnet Tree
Sarah Uthoff dressed as 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder by Bonnet Tree

 

Ashland, Kentucky –Paramount Arts Center –A Little House Christmas, Dec. 4, 2014 (Note: One night only)
Basic Information:
http://paramountartscenter.com/portfolio/a-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas/
Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101, 606.324.0007

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – ECCT – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 2014
Basic Information:
http://www.ecct.org/showdetails.cfm?showid=49
Audition Information:
http://chippewa.com/entertainment/local/ecct-holds-auditions-for-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas/article_afec768b-f914-5b89-85ea-8f866982d0dd.html
ECCT, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, info@ecct.org, 715-839-8877

Traverse City, Michigan – Old Town Playhouse – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 8-9, 2014
Basic Information:
http://www.oldtownplayhouse.com/young-co/productions/a-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas.html
Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth Street, P.O. Box 262, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Knoxville, Tennessee (also very vague about where production will actually be held, I’m assuming on campus) – In co-production with The WordPlayers, Pellissippi State’s Theatre program – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Dec. 12-13, 2014
Basic Information:
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pstcc
Pellissippi State, Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990, 865.694.6400

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 2014 Season Ends

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet

This is post has a little different title, but it’s the October 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events posts. It’s going to cover a little bit more than usual so it has a different name.

October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then snow photos. I called around to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/laura-links/

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

There are a few events going on, including Christmas shows, I’m listing the entire season’s worth below so you can make plans if one is in your regional area:

Fort Wayne, Indiana (they are incredibly vague on their website about where the production will actually be held since they describe themselves as a traveling repertory company, but the performance dates and the office contact information is listed below) – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks, Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Basic Information (dates, ticket prices, etc.):
https://allforonefw.wordpress.com
Information about and photo of cast:
https://allforonefw.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/rehearsing-with-music
3901 South Wayne Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46807, (260) 745-4364

Sarah Uthoff dressed as 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder by Bonnet Tree
Sarah as 1930s Laura at Hoover’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Tree Disply

Ashland, Kentucky – Paramount Arts Center -A Little House Christmas, Dec. 4, 2014 (Note: One night only)
Basic Information:
http://paramountartscenter.com/portfolio/a-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas/
Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101, 606.324.0007

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – ECCT – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 2014
Basic Information:
http://www.ecct.org/showdetails.cfm?showid=49
Audition Information:
http://chippewa.com/entertainment/local/ecct-holds-auditions-for-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas/article_afec768b-f914-5b89-85ea-8f866982d0dd.html
ECCT, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, info@ecct.org, 715-839-8877

Traverse City, Michigan – Old Town Playhouse – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 8-9, 2014
Basic Information:
http://www.oldtownplayhouse.com/young-co/productions/a-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas.html
Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth Street, P.O. Box 262, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Knoxville, Tennessee (also very vague about where production will actually be held, I’m assuming on campus) – In co-production with The WordPlayers, Pellissippi State’s Theatre program – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Dec. 12-13, 2014
Basic Information:
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pstcc
Pellissippi State, Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990, 865.694.6400

Laura Ingalls Wilder 2014 Season Ends

Pepin, WI – After October 15, 2014 closed daily, but re-open Oct 15th – Oct 19th and Oct 24th – 26th. Closing for the season Oct. 26th. They should re-open for the town of Pepin celebration on the Saturday only, Hometown Holidays, December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2013 (all-day).
http://pepinwisconsin.com/hometown-holidays

Independence, KS – Closed October 31, 2014, They will also be closed Tues., October 14th, Thurs., October 16th, and Sun., October 19th due to scheduling conflicts. Normal fall hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm and closed Mon. – Watch for their event schedule for next year to be published on their website in early 2015. They aren’t doing Christmas shopping this year, but again this year they are doing a special fundraiser with premiums from their gift shop. They are looking to raise $3500.00 to cover unmet expenses and have projects thought up that could certainly use more.

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season November 1, 2014, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open during November and December from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. After Christmas it will be open Monday –  Friday, same hours, until April 2015.

Burr Oak, IA – Closed October 19, 2014. Beginning in September they have reduced hours. In October they are open Thurs.-Sat. 10 am-4p m and Sunday noon-4 pm.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, Mon.- Fri. 9 am – 4pm. They will close December 22-January 1 for Christmas and New Years.

Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed October 31, 2014, Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30th. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.

Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 203. Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event December 6, 2014 (Date likely, but still tentative).

Malone, NY – Closed Sept. 30, 2014, Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing farm@almanzowilderfarm.com Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 6th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. For this event admissions free. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house at 11:30 and 1:00. (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!”

Spring Valley, MN – Only open on weekends for the rest of the month of October. Closed October 31, 2014. They reopen for Christmas teas. Teas will be Dec. 6-7 with sittings at 12:30 pm each day. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. The cost for the tea is $10. They will also be having house tours that same week-end from 1pm-4pm each day.  The cost for the tours is $7 and includes three area homes. For more info call 507-346-7659.

Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2014.

Vinton, IA – Pat Barr passed along this information: “Our hours are the same year round – 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday.  All but the museum is available.  The roof is  now done and work can be started/finished on the inside of the building – I believe that all the ceiling tiles have been replaced – but, there still needs to be painting, floor coverings, and possibly dry wall.  Once third floor has been completed, the Society will start working on the museum.  There is still plenty to see without the museum.  For large groups, members of the Society can display historical artifacts in the auditorium.  The makeshift tunnels, the fence, etc. are down.  People can now come in the front door of Old  Main once again.  A group larger than five should contact me – all others are welcome to drop in.  My phone number is:  319-472-5221, Extension 1110.  My e-mail is:  pbarr@iowa-braille.k12.ia.us

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 Days of Christmas

I enjoyed posting something to be grateful for each day in November and decided to think of something similar, but fun for December. I came up with doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder themed Days of Christmas. The real Twelve Days of Christmas starts on Christmas and runs through All Kings Day on January 6th. I decided to run mine from the beginning of December to Christmas since that’s when people were in a mood. I think it was a definite success. Merry Christmas From Trundlebed Tales 2

On the twenty-fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
twenty-five cultivated acres on a proved up homestead claim
twenty-four places of Roger Brothers Crown pattern silverware
twenty-three two seat sleighs
twenty-two slate pencils (the good grey kind, not the white scratchy ones)
twenty-one muffs and capes
twenty bags of seed wheat
nineteen treadle sewing machines
eighteen button shoes
seventeen geese flying south
sixteen pancake men
fifteen brindle bulldogs
fourteen Fourth of July mittens
thirteen Pa’s church bells
twelve straw poke bonnets
eleven tin punch lanterns
ten hair receivers
nine dancers dancing to Pa’s fiddle
eight bucket raised calves
seven swan coats with blue lining
six chicks to be laying hens
five replica engagement rings
four Ingalls Sisters
three prairie chickens
two Christmas horses
and a genuine Memorial Cottonwood Tree.

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Hoover 2010 Me and Bonnet TreeThe Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum always has three exhibits a year. A big one in the summer, a small one in the spring, and a Christmas tree exhibit for November and December that is always a different theme each year. In 2010, Hoover chose Laura Ingalls Wilder as a theme for their trees. I got to consult a little on the project and they borrowed some of my collection to exhibit. They also had been present a shorter version of my Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas program which they recorded and posted on their YouTube Channel. Although it gives you a good idea of the kind of program I do any time of year, it’s especially nice to share it around Christmas. Since it was posted that year  it has been viewed 10,227 times  (as of Dec. 18) and is one of their most highly watched videos on their channel. Please post a comment or vote it Thumbs Up! Watch it for yourself:

Here is their entire Laura Ingalls Wilder playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL31027EED920A9DB4

And if you are just in the Christmas spirit, check out their Readers Theater version of A Christmas Carol:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/xmas-carol-readers-theater/

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.

Hoover Christmas Tree Exhibit Numbers Are In

Sarah by Bonnet Tree
Sarah by the Hats and Bonnets Tree

The final count is in. It’s not really a surprise that the Little House Christmas Tree exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library was very highly attended as are all their Laura events. Several visitors told them that it was one of their best Christmas tree events ever. They ended up with 9,811 visitors.