Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Church bell in Belfry
Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove with Pa’s Bell

I recently reposted a video I had made of long-time Walnut Grove leader Shirley Knakmuhs ringing Pa’s church bell on Facebook.

From the TV Show

I got an interesting comment from “Nellie” from the TV show.

Quote from facebook December 15, 2018:

Alison Arngrim This real one is SO MUCH nicer than the fake one “Tinker Jones” “made” on the show! LOL. Ours was fiberglass and just went “thunk, thunk, thunk”.

Now I’ll “thunk, thunk, thunk,” every time I see that episode.

Walnut Grove Bell

The original Congregational Church building was torn down decades ago. Today the bell lives in the belfry of the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Unfortunately the design they chose for their belfry makes it difficult to see or photograph the bell well. The bell is rung every Sunday with the service alternating between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. During the Laura season the church is sometimes open or you’ll find someone who’ll let you in and you’ll hear the bell ring other times.

Red Church Bench in Museum
Congregational Church Bench

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove has a bench believed to be from that original Congregational Church. For a long time it was in the small church built on museum grounds, but today it’s inside the Laura building at the museum.

Church tower pulled up in air with rope at Walnut Grove Pageant
Pageant Chruch Building

You can also see a recreation of the building of the church of each night of the Walnut Grove pageant Fragments of a Dream. The town comes together and dramatically pulls up the bell tower.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Cherry Blossom Schedule 2019

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield (MARSH, not MANS), Missouri is a big event. National level speakers come and present. There are reunions of TV show actors and prominent individual actors. I still haven’t made it, but I’ve wanted to for years. In the past few years they’ve made more of a connection with the both the TV show cast and with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in nearby Mansfield. Last year they had a special meal as a fundraiser for the care of museum artifacts. This year they are adding a more formal connection with the museum, including a tour of the site as part of their scheduled events. Tickets go on sale for this year Washington’s Birthday, February 17, 2019.

Find information about this year’s VIP guests by scrolling down their Facebook page. 

Learn more about the festival on their website.

So far this is the schedule they’ve released. I’ve retained their formatting except for making the individual days a heading.

Thursday, April 25 Cherry Blossom Schedule:

(10 AM-5 PM)- Cherry Blossom Quilt Show, sponsored by the Cherry Blossom Auxiliary- Marshfield Assembly of God
9 AM- Louis Picone, Presidential historian and author will speak about our U.S. Presidents- Marshfield Assembly of God.

10:30 AM- “Dear Mrs. Lincoln” Panel, featuring cast members from the historic production: Michael Learned, Conni Brazelton and other- Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- “The American Civil War” Panel, featuring panel members whose relatives were involved in the Civil War. Including Bertram Hayes Davis (Jefferson Davis descendant), Frances Pool (daughter of a Union veteran), Mary Todd Lincoln family member and others- Moderator, Tim Pletkovich – Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- 1 PM- Enchilada Dinner benefiting the Fordland Memorial Library- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $8, pay at the door

1:10 PM- Cherry Blossom Tea, Ginger Alden (Elvis Presley fiancée) will speak and hold a book signing- Marshfield First Baptist Church (Donations accepted)

3:10 PM- “Remembering WW II” Panel, featuring WW II veterans, including: Jack Hamlin, James Shipley (Tuskegee Airmen) and others. Moderator, Myra Miller- Marshfield Assembly of God

4:30 PM- Ella Dickey Literacy Awards, Honoring: Pamela Smith Hill, Gunther Skaletz (Holocaust Survivor), Louis Picone, Chris Noel (actress), Geraldine Hawkins, Resa Willis- Marshfield Assembly of God

4:30 PM- 7:30 PM- Fish Fry to benefit the Vivian Stuber Memorial Library of Niangua- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $9, pay at the door

5:45 PM- Bobby G and Lily Garst History Series: “Reflections of the Vietnam War” Panel, featuring Vietnam veterans and a USO performer. Moderator, Mary Achor- Marshfield Assembly of God

7:30 PM- Clifton Daniel (grandson of President Harry S Truman) brings to life his late grandfather in a one-man production on his life and career- Tickets: $25 (general admission)- Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

Friday, April 26th Cherry Blossom Schedule:

*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from Noon-6 p.m.

*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.

* Quilt Show (10 AM to 5 PM) – Marshfield Assembly of God

9 AM- Robert and Edith Garst History Convocation with Ed Asner (actor) being interviewed on stage- Carl and Glessie Young Community Auditorium

10:15 AM- Annual Missouri Walk of Fame Ceremony, Honoring six famous Missourians with stars on the historic Walk of Fame. Honorees include: Daniel Boone, Conni Brazelton, Paul Hennings, Ed Asner, Rose Wilder Lane – Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Luncheon- Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” with a panel of cast members. Moderator, William Anderson. The luncheon will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Wilder Home and Museum- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $25,  www.lauraingallswilderhome.com or 417-924-3626

1 PM- Larry Cook, Presidential memorabilia collector and historian will speak about “Presidential Children”- Marshfield Assembly of God

2 PM- Missouri First Lady Teresa Parsons will ceremoniously plant a Cherry Blossom tree (Location TBA)

2:20 PM- 9th Annual Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum- Hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation of St. Louis- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:30 PM- Demonstration Cooking class with Chef Roland Mesnier (former White House Pastry Chef)- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $50,  www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

3:10 PM- “Remembering Ronald Reagan” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who knew the 40th President throughout his life and career, including: Charles Patterson, Dr. James Broaddus (Commanding Officer at Camp David), James Kuhn (Assistant to the President), Betsy Koons Robertson (Deputy Press Secretary to Nancy Reagan), Rear Admiral James Symonds (First Commanding Officer of the USS Ronald Reagan), Hon. John L. Harmer (Former Lt. Governor of California). Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God

6:30 PM- Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative Dinner presenting Marshfield’s highest honor to several outstanding Americans. Honoring: Eric Scott (The Waltons), Christopher Radko, Carol Combs-Mueller (It’s a Wonderful Life) and others- Richard LaMotte will serve as master of ceremonies- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $30,  www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174

*Annual Cherry Pie Contest & Auction will be held in conjunction with the Hubble Dinner. Drop off pies from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Marshfield Assembly of God.

Saturday, April 27th Cherry Blossom Schedule:

*Marshfield Lions Club Pancake Day from 6 AM-12:30 PM- $5 all you can eat- Marshfield Lions Club Building

*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from 9 AM-3 p.m.

*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.

8 AM- Randy and Mary Travis will share their testimony at the 9th Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Elkland Independent Methodist Church- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall (Donations accepted for Zuzu’s House)

9:30 AM- Geraldine Hawkins, Presidential historian and author will speak about the relationship between Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt—Marshfield Assembly of God

10:30 AM- “Camp David” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who have worked at or visited the famed Presidential retreat- Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- “Legends of Television and Screen” Panel, featuring actors and actresses from several classic television shows and cinema classics- Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle show), Linda Kaye Henning (Petticoat Junction), Conni Brazelton (ER) and several others. Moderator, Richard LaMotte- Marshfield Assembly of God

12:00 PM- Marshfield High School Alumni luncheon- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Advance tickets: $12, Available by calling 417-839-3560

1:20 PM- “Hidden Waters Wildflower Tour” conducted by Dan Beckner- Hidden Waters Nature Park (weather permitting)

1:20 PM- “Remembering Mamie Eisenhower”, Speaker Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower)- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:20 PM- “Memories of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush”- Personal remembrances from those who knew the 41st President and First Lady- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:30 PM- Cherry Blossom Cookie Decorating class with Desi Becht (Cherry Blossom committee member)- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall- Advance tickets: $20 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

3:20 PM- “Presidential Family Forum” Featuring descendants of many of the American Presidential First Families- Marshfield Assembly of God- Moderator, Larry Cook

10 Annual State Dinner
Speaker: Richard Thomas (John Boy, The Waltons)
5:30 PM- Doors open
6 PM- Dinner will begin
Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
Tickets: $60 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174

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Cast Reunion 2019 Pageant Tickets Are Now Available

Cast on Stage Courtesy of Linda Starbuck
Cast on Stage
Courtesy of Linda Starbuck

Wilder Pageant Tickets are on sale now! Shows are July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2019. Tickets are $20 for Reserved Seating and $18 for General Admission on July 5, 6, 19, and 20. The Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion is July 12 and 13. Tickets for those nights are $35 for Reserved Seats and $33 for General Admission. You can purchase tickets by going online at http://walnutgrove.org/ticket-information.html or by calling (888) 859-3102.

The signing will take place during the day in town, but in the evening on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a question and answer session at the pageant. The pageant is a classic play put together to tell the story of Laura’s family during their time in Walnut Grove. In place of the normal pre-show they bring the whole cast on stage and take questions from the audience. These tickets are for the play and question and answer session out at the pageant grounds.

The pageant itself is well worth the ticket. So is getting the reserved seats so you can sit in the folding chairs. I suggest the red section if you can get them because they are in the middle right in front of the stage. If they put the questions on the house set again the green section is right in front of it. I need to update my travel advice post, but it still is useful.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Upcoming Mansfield Events

With permission I’m republished an e-mail that recently went out to members about their upcoming events this fall. Most of the formatting is theirs.

150th Magnet – Photo Courtesy of Mansfield

Dear Members and Supporters!

Thank you for your continued support to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum here in Mansfield, MO. We have some exciting events coming up that we wanted to share with you and hope that you will share them with your friends and family.

In Addition to the events listed below, we are doing some green fundraising, but we need your help! Now through the end of September we will be collecting new and gently used shoes of all types. By collecting these shoes, we are not only raising money for our beloved museum but helping individuals in disaster areas. So please go through your closets and ask your friends, family, and even your co-workers to do the same. Shoes can be brought directly to the museum or dropped off at one of our locations in Springfield. A flyer has been attached if you wish to share it. Thank you for your participation!

August 4:  10 a.m.- 3p.m.: Justamere Event: Blue Willow T-shirt making party $25

Come join us here at the Wilder Home and learn about Blue Willow, Laura’s favorite dish pattern. Participants of the workshop will each make their own Blue Willow T-shirt using imagery from the pattern. Tickets include your admission to the museum, both houses, refreshments, and your custom handmade T-shirt. Additionally, each participant will have a ticket entered in our raffle to win a custom piece of Blue Willow jewelry. The pendant on the necklace features a piece of blue willow similar to what Laura owned. This is an all ages event, come and go as you please.

August 10:  11a.m.: Pa’s Fiddle

This is a free event for museum guests. Elsa Godding, of Springfield, will be taking guests on an audio journey through Laura’s books. During this family-oriented event, she will discuss with the audience each book and the significance of the songs she is performing on Pa’s Fiddle. All ages.

September 14:  Wilder Dinner with Reception Add-on, Reservations Required

$40 Reception: 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Farmhouse

(ticket to the dinner is required for the reception)

$85 Dinner: 7p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) at the Mansfield High School

This year’s dinner guest is Karen Grassle, who played Caroline Ingalls in the hit t.v. series. She will be available before the dinner (at the reception add on) for photographs at the Historic Farmhouse. The dinner will have live music, including music played from Pa’s fiddle. There will also be a live and silent auction.

September 15:  All Day: Wilder Day

$10 Adult tickets

$5 Children’s tickets

Come join us for the annual Wilder Day celebration where we will be holding the 5th Annual Fiddle Off competition. Special guest Karen Grassle will be in attendance this year and will be available for guests to purchase autographs from. Pa’s fiddle will be played three times during the event. Additionally, we will have a children’s activity tent available for the youngsters. So, come have a good time and listen to good music while supporting our museum.

October 12: 7 p.m.- 9p.m. Sunset Serenade $10

Grab a lawn chair and join us out on the lawn in front of the historic Farm House for a sunset serenade. Enjoy the fall colors in a beautifully preserved historic atmosphere as Elsa Godding plays Pa’s fiddle. Food will be available for purchase. This is an all ages event. Cost is $10.

November 15– Closing Day

This is the last day to tour the museum and both houses before we close for the season.

December 1: Time TBD, call for more info in November

Come tour Laura’s home, get your pictures taken with Santa, and shop in our giftshop before the holidays. Samples from Laura’s cookbook will be provided and the cookbook will be available in the gift shop for purchase. This event is all ages and is free to the public.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you!

Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Date Set!

Earlier this week the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove announced the date of their planned Little House on the Prairie TV show reunion. Cast members will return for the 45th anniversary of the first airing of the NBC TV show, September 11, 1974. Walnut Grove started telling people about the reunion a few months ago, but it took them awhile to negoiate with actors to find out which weekend they could get the most. Now they’ve decided.

45th Anniversary Event July 11-14, 2019

It’s come out in their brochure for this year and in some of their advertising, but now it’s time to help get the word out so this event is a big success.

A sign in front of the red Depot museum.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Depot in Walnut Grove

Probable Schedule

If it follows the pattern that their event in honor of the 40th Anniversary, they will have similar schedules for the first 3 days. This information is based on what they did last time, I haven’t heard details for this year, but I assume they’ll be similar.

They divided up the cast members into 3 groups of about 4 actors. Each batch had one line to wait in. The people running the lines were very open to what you could bring into sign, but they did have photos that you could buy in the museum.

During the day you could do all the normal tourism things or stand in line for autographs. They had blocks of time when the performers were signing and built in breaks. Most of the attendees waited in line throughout the breaks, until they started signing again.

Pageant

The Walnut Grove pageant, Fragments of a Dream, is always on Friday and Saturday nights. Last time they had an onstage conversation with the cast with questions taken from the audience. You need pageant tickets to attend it. The earlier you order the better view you get. Reserved seats are folding chairs. Then the fantastic outdoor play about the Ingalls family life in Walnut Grove.

Photos

Last time you could only take photos in passing, no running around the tables. However, on Sunday they have the cast set up and you can go through and get your photo taken with all the cast from the reunion in a posed photo for a fee.

Details

These details are from what happened last time. Watch this blog (subscribe and connect on social media) to give you more information as it’s released and helpful advice.

Remembering Last Time

So stick around here and watch for upcoming posts with information, including videos on what it was like last time. Get started with this nice set of photos from the 40th Anniversary.

CNN Where Are They Now? (with photos)  – Some nice before and after photos from the 40th anniversary year. Not convinced that’s Jonathan Gilbert in the after shot since his eyes were blue in the photo from the series and are brown in the now photo and I just can’t believe they’d go to the trouble that colored contacted were in the 1970s for something that didn’t matter like that or that he’d wear that good of brown contacts now.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/08/showbiz/little-house-prairie-cast-where-are-they-now/index.html

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

April 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Sarah Uthoff as Old Laura in Traer, Iowa
Sarah Uthoff as Old Laura in Traer, Iowa

April is a big month for Laura Ingalls Wilder programs, but you don’t see as many events. We do have two this month.

Spring Valley MN

Spring Valley Historical Society Annual meeting and dinner – April 22, 2018

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri

Reunion of the TV show cast – Alison Arngrim and Charlotte Stewart – April 26-28, 2018

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!

The Friday luncheon at the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association, as a fund raiser for restoration of artifacts.  William T. Anderson will join Arngrim and Stewart to do a readers theater performance called Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered at the luncheon.

UPDATED April 6 2018: Added update above.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 2 July 14

We continue on during Day 2.

Next was the joint presentation by Bill Anderson and Nancy Koupal. A technical error meant I got to pinch hit and introduce them. They were reading letters from Bill’s book Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then they answered questions. Both Bill and Nancy have been interviewed this year. Nancy told my favorite homesite story both on the podcast and that day.

Nancy Koupal and William T. Anderson

Bill pointed out how the story he was telling took place in that very school, right there and pointed across the road. It really renewed my thrill at being RIGHT THERE.

After that there was a break for lunch and then Paul introduced Dean and Alison again.

Dean once again spoke. It was based on questions from the audience and while there was some reputation from this morning, there were also different questions. Dean reports even his wife has said, “If only I could meet a man like Almanzo.”

The crowd once again spilled out of the tent.

This time it was Dean’s turn to go first and Alison followed. One of the most interesting things Alison shares about is the French people’s obsession with the Little House on the Prairie TV show. The interest is so great that Alison has learned enough French that she can do a version of her one-woman show in French. She talks about how “chopping wood like Charles Ingalls” is a phrase used for working hard and how falling down in wildflowers like Baby Carrie is a thing in France.

Follow on for more posts.

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.