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.

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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.

Paul V introducing Dean & Alison #lauraingallswilder #littlehouseontheprarie #DeSmetevent

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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.”

Even my wife says she wants to meet a guy like Almanzo #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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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.

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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.

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 1 July 14

I hope you enjoyed Day 1. Here is the first part of Day 2.

I got up early on Friday and redid my blog post featuring my podcasts about the event and published it. The wireless was completely unstable and fairly unusable the night before. I was staying at the Super Deluxe Inn and I’ve never had that happen before.

We had breakfast there in the hotel and this time brought along some bakery of own to add back in our room. Bakery is something their breakfast is lacking so you might want to bring along some on your next trip. You can even keep them in the refrigerator. (FYI it was pumpkin bars.)

I was hoping to head over first thing, but spent a lot of time chatting to people I know instead. The schedule seemed like things would start at 9am so I headed over about then. I was concerned about getting parked in if I drove having no idea how many people would show up. I had driven around the night before and realized it was just 3 blocks from the hotel to the event area by the Surveyor’s House. So I walked over from the hotel and that worked rather well. If you’re doing a full tour including a drive over to the Third Street House, you’ll want your car, but it was a nice walk. Here’s is the street sign for the corner you turn on to get the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society area, Olivet and 4th.

Oliver St #desmetevent

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They were still getting set up when I arrived and they got a couple of these great banners.

Great new #lauraingallswilder sign in signing que #desmetevent

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Judy Thompson was already on hand signing books and selling prints of her work. Thompson had been an artist in residence at the Homestead National Monument. Her series was displayed at the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, the same building that houses the SDHS Press. Nancy Koupal saw them there and commissioned Thompson to do covers for the Pioneer Girl series to a set of requirements.

Judy Thompson #PioneerGirl illustrator

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Although they spoke a couple of different times each day, people crowded under the tent for each performance by Alison Arngrim and Dean Butler. Here’s the crowd waiting for them to come out.

Waiting Crowd for speakers #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Paul Valenti introducing Alison asks “What show has the number 1 fanbase?”

What TV show has number 1 fan base? #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Alison as always puts on a great show and managed to look great too despite the hot temperatures.

Alison Arngrim on stage @Arngrim @alisonarngrim

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Dean Butler said to remind him never to follow Alison, but he put on just as good a show.

Dean Butler #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Me and Pauly Tee who not only takes trips to both TV and real Laura sites, but generously shares his photos online.

Me with Pauly Tee #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Judy Thompson talking. One of her most interesting points was that she doesn’t consider herself an illustrator, but a watercolor artist. She seeks to show artistic truth rather than literal truth.

Judy Thompson presenting about illustrating #PioneerGirl. Project #desmetevent

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Look for the other report posts soon.

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.

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 1 July 13

This trip I’m telling my story mostly by Instagram. If you want to see my Laura photos find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and follow. To get the details of this event check out my previous post. It also includes links to two interviews with Dean Butler.

I took a different path than I normally do this time and took I-80 to I-29. On the plus side that meant lunch at the Cracker Barrel. (Note: there is also both a Cracker Barrel and a Sonic in Sioux Falls, SD if you’re looking for good chains you don’t normally get to. Sonic is a drive in.) The bad part was almost the instant we turned on I-29 it was construction all the way until you got past Brookings, SD.

Just finished up lunch and filled up #desmetevent

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A stop at a rest area and we saw horses in the pets area. I tried to get a photo with the pets area sign AND the horses, but the angles just didn’t work.

In the pets area of the rest area

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And remember I told you to find Sonic? We actually bought these in Sioux Falls and took them on to De Smet in a cooler for supper.

Sonic- – getting closer

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With the filling lunch and stopping for a bit in Sioux Falls we actually got to De Smet a little latter than I like to so we checked in, unloaded the car, and went to bed early so we could get an early start the next day.

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

Top Ten Posts April 2017

Sarah in Pampas
Sarah in Pampas

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Day 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2017

Packing Up: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

En Route to Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Author Reception at SDHS Conference

May 2017 Presentations

Where did Albert come from?

Springfield IL 2013

Booking a Program

Schedule of Presentations

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.

April 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

April is a big month for Laura Ingalls Wilder programs, but you don’t see as many events. We do have two this month including one I’ve been looking forward to all year.

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
April 28 – 29, 2017| Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri – Reunion of the TV show cast – Alison Arngrim, Dean Butler, and Charlotte Stewart – April 27-29, 2017

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.