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.

Mansfield Pageant Dates 2017

Mansfield Pageant
Mansfield Pageant

What Is It?

You’ve probably heard of the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageants in DeSmet, South Dakota, and Walnut Grove, Minnesota, but do you know there is a pageant in Mansfield, Missouri? This pageant is put on by the Ozark Mountain Players and is called Laura’s Memories.

What’s Different from the Other Pageants?

One major difference is that this pageant is a musical. Frankly I like the music better than the Little House on the Prairie the Musical that got a national tour. I’ve only seen it once in person (although I’ve also seen in on DVD), but I can still sing part of a couple of the songs. ♫♪”Farmer boy, Farmer boy…” ♪♫

Unlike the other two pageants it seeks to tell Laura’s entire life story rather than just a part of it or to dramatize one of the books. It plays off the only known recording of Laura’s voice using that as a set up as Laura shares memories from her life. A unique thing is that they rotate roles as time progresses so no one person has to learn an excessive amount of dialogue, which can be a little difficult to follow until you figure it out.  Important to the audience it also features the most professional theater stage and the best back support for the seats.

Dates

Uniquely for the pageants it splits its dates every year with some during the summer and the rest in September as part of the lead up to Wilder Days. They were very late getting the dates out this year, so I’m taking this special post to share them. I’ve updated my events page with these and a couple of other things lately, so take a look.

  • July 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2017
  • Sept 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2017
  • Wilder Days: September 15,16, & 17, 2017

I can honestly highly recommend this pageant. So if you’re looking for a last minute Laura trip. Take a look!

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.

September 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

As always there’s a lot of events during September. I hope that you’ll get a chance to attend at least one of them. Remember to check my events post near the beginning of each month.

Sarah Uthoff sitting on merry-go-round in front of one-room school
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

Pepin WI

Laura Days – September 10-11, 2016

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Evening (7:30 pm) Performance Dates (rain or shine):

  • Sept. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2016

Morning (10:30 am) Performances: Sept. 17, 2016

Wilder Festival: Sept. 17, 2016

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Celebration of Youth – Saturday, July 30, 2016 10 am-4 pm

Annual Harvest Festival and Civil War Living History Encampment – September 24-25, 2016 10 am-4 pm

  • All Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours.
  • Civil War living history encampment and skirmishes
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century games in the apple orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn, Farmer Boy readings.
  • 7th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display in the museum. Vote for People’s Choice.
  • Food and beverages available. Freshly made donuts!

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder expert and editor of The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, William T. Anderson will speak at their Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered event on will speak at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The event is held every Labor Day which falls this year on Monday, September 5, 2016. You have to purchase museum admission to attend the program, but no separate ticket is required. You can pre-pay for your admission online. Find more details and a link to purchase tickets.

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 onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

25th Anniversary of Laura’s Memories

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Ozark Mountain Players production of Laura’s Memories. Their Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant differs in quite a few ways from the other pageants. Mansfield Pageant

  • While they hold auditions for the pageant each year it’s put on by a repertory company that sometimes does other shows and didn’t actually begin with the pageant.
  • It’s a musical. Not only is it a musical, it’s a great musical. One that I can still sing snatches of songs from even though it’s been at least 10 years since I attended.
  • Said great music is available as a soundtrack through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield. Find it in their online store.
  • Rather than have people memorize so much, the cast switches roles as the play progresses.
  • They have the BEST seats of any pageant. Honestly the older I get the more I appreciate back support.
  • Unlike De Smet, Walnut Grove, and Vinton they show Laura’s entire life instead of concentrating on a certain portion of it.
  • They have a longer and more spread out run with some dates in mid-summer and another block this fall with far more performances than any of the others.

In short it’s definitely earned its 25 year run and I really think you should go.

Earlier I did posts on pageant travel advice with details on how to attend Laura’s Memories and a link to a Ozark Public Television program on it, complete with notes to help you find different parts.

I hope you’ll make an effort to try to go see the pageant next year. I’m going to give up on Wilder Days this next year and see if I can make it for one of the earlier performances.

Learn more about Laura’s Memories and find links to other articles/videos.

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 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

July and September tend to have the biggest number of Laura Ingalls Wilder events. Here are the ones I’ve pulled together for this month. I’ve also thrown in a couple of Aug. 1st or 2nd dates so they don’t sneak up on you.

Sarah Uthoff at Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Sarah Uthoff at Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 10-11
  • July 17-18
  • July 24-25

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 11, July 18, and July 25, 2015
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details.

De Smet SD

By the Shores of Silver Lake

  • July 10-12
  • July 17-19
  • July 24-26

Spring Valley MN

Eliza Jane School Days July -The 27-28 and 30-31, 2015

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Evening (7:30 pm) Performance Dates (rain or shine):

  • July 17-18, 24-25, 31, Aug. 1 – There are more dates later in the Summer.

Malone/Burke NY

Find their calendar list with more details here.

Children’s art display opens July 4, 2015

Children’s Art & Literary Landmark Celebration (includes plaque unveiling) July 11, 2015 10 am – 4 pm

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – June 15, 2015 – July 31, 2015
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/3895/the-world-of-little-house

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  August 1-2, 2015 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

LauraPalooza

The 2015 national Laura Ingalls Wilder conference will be held July 16-17, 2015 with July 18th spent in De Smet.

 

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 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 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

IMG_0176July and September tend to be the biggest months for Laura Ingalls Wilder related events around the country. If I’ve missed one please let me know.

Pepin WI

Laura Days – Sept. 13 and 14, 2014
http://www.lauradays.org

Independence KS

The annual fall Lamplight on the Prairie evening guided tour will take place on September 27th.  Lamplight on the Prairie takes you on a guided lamplight tour of our site with a special twist- at each tour stop you will meet the people from the pages of Laura’s books and Kansas history.  Our living history reenactors will bring history to life before your eyes.  Tours begin every half an hour and are limited to 15 people per tour.

Tickets can be purchased online  or in their gift shop in person beginning September 2, 2014.  We will launch an event page for Lamplight on September 2nd with the link to ticket sales and additional information about the event.

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant – Sept. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2014

Wilder Days Sept. 19-20, 2014 Laura Historian William T. Anderson will be speaking and Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder from the NBC TV Show)
http://www.laurasmemories.com

Malone/Burke NY

Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment Sept. 27 & 28, 2014

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Good news, I’m returning as speaker!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered –In the Kitchen With Laura – Sept. 1, 2014 11 am and 2 pm
With Prairie Walks lead by Park Rangers at 9:30 am and 3:00 pm
http://www.hoover.archives.gov/pressreleases/Labor%20Day%20LIW%20PR.pdf

Other Iowa

Melissa Gilbert’s Book Tour has come to Iowa. Come see her on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
– 2:00 pm Cedar Rapids Public Library
http://newbobooks.com/events
7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Iowa City Public Library.
http://arts.uiowa.edu/events/live-prairie-lights-melissa-gilbert/2014-09-16

If you can’t come to either of the shows in Iowa, check out this listing of her other stops around the country.
http://www.abramsbooks.com/myprairiecookbook/

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.

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