Laura Ingalls Wilder Summer 2020

Digital Events Updated: July 6, 2020
Scroll Down. They are Listed below the Homesite schedule.
Digital Events Updated: July 8, 2020 
Book Club event postponed until July 9, 2020.

UPDATED July 13, 2020: Follow this link to my Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom 2020 podcast.

I didn’t do a podcast episode this year projecting what was going in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom this year. — Boy, that was a good call. I wouldn’t have even been close and frankly I don’t know that I know a lot now. Please consider all of this as possible to change. Check directly with any site before you go.

No matter what they’ve ended up doing the museums were forcibly closed a least part of the year in prime school tour time. Like many other institutions they need help. If you have some extra money or you’re looking for something to put part of your stimulus money, any of the homesites could use some money.

Before we get into the official homesite reports, I want to take a moment to point out the biggest on-going Laura Ingalls Wilder event of the year. Starting in March Alison Angrim began reading the “Little House” books on her Facebook page. It’s had a large audience and a good chunk of them are TV show fans so it’s wonderful they’re being exposed to the books. Also, Alison is pointing out the layers of the story which I think some people don’t get.

Pepin, Wisconsin

Starting Friday, June 12 at 10:00 am the museum will be open regular hours will be 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (7 days a week). They will also be open July 4th & Labor Day. They are asking guests to wear a face mask and to observe social distance. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

Laura Days, their yearly festival, has been canceled for this year. Next year’s dates are September 11-12, 2021. There were some changes announced for this year. I think they will all still be in place next year.

Independence, Kansas

Little House on the Prairie opened on June 1st. They encourage patrons to wears masks when inside the buildings. They will also be providing hand sanitizer inside each building to promote the safety of our patrons and employees.

Prairie Days was canceled this year. They will have a special event for Carrie’s 150th Birthday celebration August 1, 2020.

Walnut Grove, Minnesota

The museum opened on Friday, June 19th. They will be open limited days: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Limited Buildings are open. Social Distancing and masks are required.

Their pageant, Fragments of a Dream, was canceled for this year. However, they are going to do special online events. (See below.)

Burr Oak, Iowa

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa has decided to remain closed for the 2020 season. They feel this is the safest option to protect their Staff, Volunteers and Guests. The online gift shop will remain open, so we encourage you to consider supporting the museum in this way.

Their Laura Days event is canceled for the year.

DeSmet, South Dakota

Both the Ingalls Homestead and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society opened up as of June 1st. The Ingalls Homestead has put together a great list of everything that’s closed and opened there this year.

The pageant is being replaced by a radio play this year. It will be Facebook lived and then available through South Dakota Public Radio online. (See below)

Old Settler’s Day has been bumped back to August (no official date yet). The Harvey Dunn Plein Aire painting event is canceled for this year. They are exploring an option of having a digital version, but nothing is finalized yet.

Keystone, South Dakota

They will only let 14 people in at one time. Masks will be required. If you don’t have a mask the museum will have them for sale. There will be hand sanitizer for use. The museum will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Spring Valley, Minnesota

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Spring Valley has reopened as of June 13th. Visit daily between 10am – 4pm. You can walk-in for a self-guided tour or make a reservation for a guided tour. Masks are required.

Mansfield, Missouri

The museum reopened as of June 1st. New safety measures have been implemented throughout the historic site, including 6 feet social distancing. All visitors are being asked to wear face masks. If you don’t have a mask, they are available for purchase for just a $1.00.
The Museum gallery and historic properties are being capacity controlled and hand sanitizing stations will be positioned around Rocky Ridge Farm.

Both Rocky Ridge Adventure Pioneer Camps for kids are canceled for the year.

Their new event in Mansfield is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Festival. It was held for the first time last year and was moved to the fall on the original schedule for the year.  A selection of authors will be available for you to meet and sign books at the Ann Short Turner Community Center. Its new dates are November 5th and 6th.

At this point Wilder Days is still scheduled to happen October 9th and 10th.

Mansfield’s pageant, Laura’s Memories, is canceled. It will NOT be part of Wilder Days this year. It will return in 2021.

Malone, New York

They are open from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Thursday through Monday. Time slots available for tours are 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. Tours are approximately 1 hour long, with time in between for sanitizing. Non tour visitors are always welcome, but access to the Wilder home and barns is only available through a guided tour. Certain smaller areas, for example the second floor of the Wilder farmhouse, will not be accessible and will NOT be included on the tour during this time.

Tours can be reserved online. Please make reservations at least 2 days in advance. Please call 518-483-1207 during open hours for questions or more information. Please call in advance if your group is large enough to require 2 tour groups (maximum per group is 5), so we can arrange times close together. Masks must be worn. Temperatures will be checked and contact information collected for contact tracing if needed.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

While the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site as part of the National Park Service is open with some COVID-19 protections in place, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and will be closed until the National Archives re-opens. As part of that they have canceled this year’s Laura Day event. Speaker William T. Anderson has been rebooked for next year. Luckily you don’t have to wait. Here’s Anderson’s last Laura Day appearance.

And since nobody asked, here’s mine.

Digital Events

The Walnut Grove pageant is canceled this summer. Instead they are doing a digital replacement series.  I’m going to do one interview and when I get a finalized list I’ll add the other speakers. Watch for links when they come out.

The De Smet pageant is also canceled this summer. They are going to replace it with an online production called The Hard Winter. The Hard Winter was what The Long Winter was called before someone at Harpers decided that nothing should be presented to children as hard. The De Smet pageant people decided that instead of trying to get the proper rights clearences for Laura material, they’d instead do a brand new original production.

I had thought maybe they’d do the original radio play script of The Long Winter that they’d bought all rights to when they started the pageant. Instead it’s going to focus on the town in general’s experience with the Hard Winter. I think this is a great idea for a new take because as John Miller would say there were many more people who had very similar experiences during that winter. I’m looking forward to it.

Digital experiences by both groups are listed by date below. All times are Central Daylight Time.

July 8, 2020 at 10:00 am – Iowa Public Radio Book Club –  Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Birch Bark House – Louise Erdrich (fiction)
– I’ll be part of the on air book club. It will stream online live. Find all the information about how to stream it.

“Due to a technical issue in our Iowa City office, the July Talk of Iowa Book Club will now take place tomorrow, July 9, from 10-11 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience!” UPDATED July 8 2020

Before July 9, 2020 – Walnut Grove Pageant’s LAURA’S PRAIRIE CHALLENGE! If you are more than a coach potato and want to get in the stream with us, request information and apply to enter email us at LaurasPrairieChallenge@gmail.com.

Online Laura-Nellie Contest. On Zoom you will be interviewed and asked to demonstrate some pioneer skills including (but not limited to) questions about Laura Ingalls Wilder and demonstrate a talent such as baking vanity cakes, dancing with your parents or even singing a song like ‘Ol Dan Tucker! We will do an initial round via Zoom and choose great performances to share live on our YouTube and Facebook.

Pa Ingalls Look – Alike Contest. Not to leave anyone without a chance to share, we are looking for recent images of you that look like Pa Ingalls! Email pictures! Must be suitable for children. We will do a live interview with the winner.

Both contests are about fun and recognition. There are no great prizes or free trips back in time but at least you’ll have the opportunity to imagine part of history with us in our two challenges! Deadline for emails to LaurasPrairieChallenge@gmail.com is July 9th. “Laura’s Prairie Summer” will be live at 7:00 p.m. July 10-11, 17-18, 24-25! Check the Wilder Pageant webpage at walnutgrove.org and our Facebook page for frequent updates.

Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode ONE: A New Home / Dancing in the Blizzard
Dean Butler who played Almanzo Wilder on the NBC television series. Plus interview with Dale Cockrell, a specialist in American popular music will share his work as founder of “The Pa’s Fiddle Project,” an educational program dedicated to recording music of the “Little House” books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them.

Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. (DeSmet) The Hard Winter
Facebook live

Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode TWO: Playing Games / Grasshoppers
Interview with Sarah S. Uthoff, a respected authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, one-room schools, historic foodways, and living history will speak about her many Laura projects. She is a dominant online presence in the Laura Ingalls Wilder World with her Trundlebed Tales site and its many related connections. Uthoff is an active Wilder researcher and a well-known Wilder authority and sought after speaker.

Friday, July 17th at Noon. (DeSmet)  The Hard Winter: It will be on SDPB Broadcast or at sdpb.org

Friday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode THREE: Welcome Home / The Central Truth / Lemon Pie
William Anderson, author of the 2016 book “The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder”. He has written extensively about Laura Ingalls Wilder and has authored or edited around 25 books and more than a hundred articles.

Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. (DeSmet) The Hard Winter: It will be on SDPB Broadcast or at sdpb.org

Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode FOUR: Brotherly Love (V) Missed Opportunity (L) Town Council
Wendy McClure, author of “The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie”.

Friday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode FIVE: Justice with No Peace / Under the Stars
Alison Arngrim who played everyone’s favorite Nasty Nellie Oleson will join the series for a live interview with wit and stories you will not want to miss!
Barb Mayes Boustead climatologist and meteorologist who writes extensively about the weather described in Laura’s books.

Saturday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode SIX: Vanity Takes the Cake / Making Laura’s Dream
Pamela Smith Hill, editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, an award winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography.

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

Wilder Zooms Backgrounds Release 2

If you’ve been Zooming (and many, many people have) and you want to shake it up try replacing your background. There have been places offering new backgrounds for you to select to add to your system. You can select multiple photos to add. If you want to add your own, you want horizontal photos which have an image you will look the right size in. Having other people in the images really makes it look not real, so look for photos without them.

In the meantime try out these Laura themed backgrounds in Spring Valley, Ingalls Homestead, Silver Lake, Walnut Grove, and Mansfield.

Wilder Barn Spring Valley

Wilder Barn in Spring Valley

 

Horses and Wagon at Ingalls Homestead

Horses and Covered Wagon
Horses and Covered Wagon at Ingalls Homestead

Silver Lake

Blue lake with a tree and grass on shore
Silver Lake October 2018

Walnut Grove Museum

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

Plum Creek

Plum Creek at Eye Level
Plum Creek at Eye Level

Mansfield, Missouri

Rocky Ridge in Black and White

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

Cat’s Meow Stage 2

My Cat's Meow Collection

Cat’s Meow 1998

Back in 1998, a company called Cat’s Meow started a new thematic set of painted house figurines. They had many new designs coming out every year. They had themes like the Henry Ford Museum or L.M. Montgomery. This time they had partnered with the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites to portray these homesites.

These classic pieces are:

  • Surveyor’s House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Third Street House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Brewster/Bouchie School (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Church (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Rocky Ridge Farmhouse (Mansfield, Missouri)
  • Rock House (Mansfield, Missouri)
  • Ingalls family portrait

Back to the Future

In summer 2019, Lauri Goforth contacted the company because there had been a burst of new interest. They responded by roling out a new set of figures based on more historic landmarks.

The new figures are:

  • A map showing the Ingalls family travels
  • The cabin in Pepin, Wisconsin
  • Ma slaps a bear in Pepin, Wisconsin
  • The cabin in Independence, Kansas (original replica version)
  • Pa’s well in Independence, Kansas

And the more generic:

  • Covered Wagon
  • Outhouse

Unboxing

Take a look with my Unboxing video from having gotten the whole set:

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

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2019

Whether you are looking for the perfect present for the Laura Ingalls Wilder fan in your life or just what you want to know what to put on your Christmas want list, check out these suggestions!

This is the ninth year I’ve put together a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan shopping guide. Check the first post for basic gift ideas. Read that first and use this post to look for new items, other ideas, and a list of which Laura homesites are offering Christmas mail order and the cut off dates for shipping by Christmas this year. Trundlebed Tales encourages you to do at least a little Christmas shopping from the Laura homesites because they are all local museums, highly dependent on admissions and gift shop revenue to stay open and preserve the homesites for Laura fans, so do your part. If you are buying from Amazon, make sure you go into Amazon Smile and they’ll donate part of cost to your selected charity – select a Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite.

And don’t forget you can also get your Laura fan gift memberships to the museums or a donation in your Laura fan’s name! Most of the presents that I suggested in 2011 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 20162017 and 2018 are still available so take a look at previous shopping posts for more ideas.

Keep Laura in Your Thoughts All Year

Once again the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites have put out a calendar. It includes glossy full color photos of the homesites. Some photos you will have seen before others that are brand new. The calendar also features dates from things like the pageant dates to birth and death dates of family members. They are available from most of the homesites.

Put the China Shepherdess on the Mantle

Last year’s big return was a china shepherdess replica. I was shocked a couple of years ago when all three of the homesites that were selling different versions had stopped due to separate production issues. Last year 3 of the homesites (Mansfield, [as of 12/7/19 they’re on sale] Walnut Grove, and Independence) each introduced their own new version of the shepherdess. They cost about the same. Watch me unbox the shepherdesses from Independence and Mansfield.

Selected Laura Letters

Does your favorite Laura fan have a copy of The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson yet? If not, make sure they get a Christmas copy! Find it at any of the homesites.

With Rings on Her Fingers…

Walnut Grove has been offering a duplicate of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s engagement ring for sometime. It’s designed following what’s believed to be the one Almanzo bought her from the Montgomery Ward catalog. The cost is a little expensive (much more than Manly paid), but as many complements as I get when I wear mine, it’s a perfect gift! I thought it was worth another shout out!

Cat’s Meow!

Lauri Goforth is the Cat’s Meow star! At least she should feel like she is because it was her efforts this year that lead the company to roll out a new set of Laura Ingalls Wilder figures to go with what they originally had in 1998.  Mansfield is still selling their two set pieces from the 1998 batch.

Watch me unbox them!

HarperCollins

Cover of new edition of Little House Cookbook in front of a Xmas tree
Little House Cookbook – New Edition

HarperCollins hasn’t put anything new for this holiday season, but last year they rolled out a new edition of the Little House Cookbook. The new edition is hardback and replaces the hardback version that has been available since 1979. Its design follows the book design of a trio of books in the series released with an introductory essay by a famous woman. The design of the text is different and the Garth Williams illustrations have been replaced by full color photographs that are lovely, but I’m fairly confident what they cooked to photograph wasn’t done by a historic cook. A lot of focus is put on these photographs that are either full page or 2 pages. The book is printed on half-chalked paper (which is in vogue for all kinds of books right now for some reason) which is traditionally used to give a better surface for photographs. I should warn you that the use of chalked paper also makes the book much, MUCH heavier than you’d expect. The paperback version will continue to follow the design established in 1979 by the original hardback edition and themed to the gingham covers version of the books which came out in the early 1990s. Walker herself has told me she prefers the Williams edition, but the actual content, apart from the illustrations and design (font, etc.) are identical.

You can buy the first 5 books in the “Little House” series as an ebook package from HarperCollins for use on the BookShout App only. This ebook package actually came out in 2016, but has missed the list until this year.

A Rose and a Prayer

I want to point out two books that I got copies of this year. The first is the graphic novel style nonfiction Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story by Peter Bagge. I still haven’t written a review of it because I’m still mulling it over, but I will say that I think overall he has a pretty good idea about how Rose saw herself and none at all about anything about Laura. If you read it, let me know your take. I was surprised by not really seeing it in many of the giftshops this year. It may have to be a bookstore purchase.

The other one is A Prairie Devotional by Wendi Lou Lee. A devotional is a book that gives you a story and a prayer every day. Lee, who was one of twins who played Grace on the NBC series, fills in with stories of the show and working with cast members. She also dealt with some serious health issues she talks about in-depth. I think it’s a read that is aiming at a particular audience and if you are it, you’ll love it. It was available through several different giftshops.

Queen’s Treasures

When Friendly Films and their Little House on the Prairie TV show started authorizing products again one of the first things licensed was a set of dolls and accessories for a Laura doll. They have everything from a covered wagon to all the miniature equipment you need to fill it up. You can outfit your doll in a typical pioneer dress or in one based on Laura’s good dress from the TV show. This fall they rolled out a second doll so now you can purchase both Laura and Mary.

Some Homesite Highlights

Honey Bear and Maple Syrup Cabin Containers
Pepin Label Honey and Maple Syrup

One of the most exciting additions to Pepin’s store for fans of the “Little House” picture books is that Pepin now is selling high quality prints of Renee Graef’s illustrations. There are several and appear in different sizes. Another cool thing is that they are now selling private label honey and maple syrup.

Pepin also has The Ingalls Family: The Pepin Story by William T. Anderson. It’s back in print as the most current update to his original book published in 1967.

If you’re looking for normal trip stuff to bring back between the stuffed animals, specialty coffee, and candles you’ll find all sorts of that kind of thing with a Laura theme at the Independence store. The are connected with one of those make everything custom printing places which gives plenty of choices. I should warn you though I bought a t-shirt there this summer and it not only was very light weight, it tore the very first time I wore it.

Walnut Grove Limited T-shirt of 2019Walnut Grove also has some of its 2019 Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion t-shirts. They are my favorite color – red! With a real pretty design. Whether you attended the reunion or not, you’ll want one of these limited supply t-shirts (scroll to bottom of online catalog page) for your collection. Another product are the Beadle Bags created by Charlotte Stewart each is unique. If you have a TV show fan in your life, they’ll probably want one.

 

Two tin-punch lanterns that say Laura Ingalls Wilder
Photo courtesy of Kitty Latane

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet had Kitty Latane make some specially designed tin lanterns. A hot new item there is the sweatshirt blanket. It’s available in different colors with an image of the Surveyor’s House. Their next china ornament out this year features a design from On the Banks of Plum Creek. Also find a quilt for your favorite Charlotte doll! Finally if you don’t have a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Education in Kingsbury County by Nancy S. Cleaveland, you need one.

The Ingalls Homestead is having a special on right now. Between now and December 11th they are having a special sale. 10% off on everything online and if there is anything you remember seeing in person that isn’t on their online store, call and ask. They also are offering free regular shipping as part of the sale. Used the code word “Suspenders.” Order by Dec. 16th if you’re using the free shipping for Christmas delivery. Order by Dec. 20th for priority shipping.

Luggage Tags
Photo Courtesy of Ingalls Homestead

Two new things the Homestead are offering are a wooden bookmark featuring Laura’s signature and a brand-new and a redesigned crate holding a set of the original series. Personally I’m excited about their luggage tags. I’d been bugging them to get these for years because I love my Disney ones and I’m excited they got them! The tags aren’t online yet, but give them a call, they’ve got them!

Mansfield is focused on its metal ornaments. Originally they came out year by year, but if you don’t have them all your tree is sorely lacking. 😦 My favorite thing in their gift shop was the fiddle shaped flashdrive! They also have t-shirts specifically for the Wilder Days fiddle-off. One thing Rose and I agree on is loving huge cups to drink out of. Get one in a Blue Willow pattern from the gift shop. The most unique product is a Valentine’s meal for two that includes a tour of the farmhouse. Or registration is open for the 2020 season of Pioneer Camp for your kids.

If you love “18-inch dolls” aka “American Girl Doll Size”, Thimbles and Acorns has been printing dress patterns for specific doll dresses. There are publications of various lengths and with patterns around various themes. Most of the homesite giftshops have them now.

Malone has continued to offer limited products in the Almanzo Wilder farmstead  Facebook shop. Malone is offering branded maple syrup bottles. They have a red stocking ornament with Almanzo’s name. They also have a fundraising raffle. The grand prize is a quilt made to Linda Halpin’s pattern.

When I teach one-room school sessions I’ve been surprised by questions about where to buy McGuffey’s Readers after I tell them they are still in print. (100 years of reprints and counting after they fell out of print for about 20 years.) You can find them online at Pepin (under Books keep clicking show more until they show up it’s a long way down), Walnut Grove (scroll down linked page), and Mansfield (note the covers that are all brown are the 1830s ed and the blue/orange-ish covers are 1890s-ish).

Also find some interesting fabric projects. You can get prints directly from Renee Graef. If your budget is really big you can get original Garth Williams art.

I recommend contacting the sites by e-mail or online store instead of by phone, except where noted. Even places that have been easiest to contact by phone in the past I’ve had trouble calling, but most responded quickly by e-mail.

Check out the shipping dates from the United States Postal Service, if you have a question about shipping dates.

Pepin WI

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Online Store
Best to order online, but can also reach by phone 715-513-6383, or by sending a letter. Neither museum nor gift shop is open during the winter.
Last Day for Priority – They didn’t give me a date, use your own judgment.

Independence KS

Little House on the Prairie Museum
Online Store
Last Day for Priority Mail – They didn’t give me a date, use your own judgment.

Walnut Grove MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Online Store
Phone 1-800-528-7280
Last Day for Priority Mail – December 18, 2019

De Smet SD

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
Online Store
Phone 1-800-880-3383
Last Day for Priority Mail – December 18, 2019

Ingalls Homestead
Online Store
Phone: 1-800-776-3594
Last Day for Regular Shipping – December 16, 2019
Last Day for Priority – December 20, 2019

Mansfield MO

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum
Online Store
Phone 1-877-924-7126 (Toll free)
Last Day for Priority – They didn’t give me a date, use your own judgment.

Malone NY

Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm
Online Store
Facebook Store
farm@almanzowilderfarm.com
Last Day for Priority – They didn’t give me a date, use your own judgment.

Spring Valley MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum (Store not online)
wilderinspringvalley@hotmail.com
Recommends using e-mail to order for Christmas, but you may want to include your phone number in the e-mail so they can get back to you with questions quickly.
Last Day for Priority – They didn’t give me a date, use your own judgment.

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
Online Store
Last Day for Priority – They didn’t give me a date, use your own judgment.

The best way for people to shop during the winter is through the website gift shop and then pay through Paypal. You can email the museum with questions. They are no longer accepting checks for orders because of some bad check incidents.

 

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

T-Shirt of the Month November 2019

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Children's Literature Festival Shirt

Marshfield has long held an annual event where national speakers with family connections to history and classic TV shows and books come to speak. Rev. Nicholas W. Inman leads the event and now has taken over the directorship of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum so it was natural that they joined forces in 2019. Previously the museum had sessions/fundraiser tied into the event, but now they are a full fledge partner with a conjuction event. The participants traveled to Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, where they toured the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home at half-price and took part in a Scavenger Hunt in the Museum gallery.

After a very successful 2019 they are branching out on their own in 2020. They are going to be in the fall, specifically November 5-6, 2020, 9am to 3pm each day. It’s going to be a similar event this year. Author signing be will in the the community center in Mansfield – 205 N Missouri Ave, Mansfield, MO 65704.

They had some great stuff for merchandise including this great t-shirt. I think it’s one of the prettiest in my collection. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for when they announce next year’s! Catch my unboxing video that features it.

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

Girlfriend Getaway Mansfield MO

As part of a series a group of women from the Ozarks Live TV show went on a road trip and ended up in Mansfield. The segment originally aired on June 18, 2019. The crew also stopped other places including the Alley Spring Mill which is on Missouri state quarter. It’s the 38th coin overall in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. They also recommend the Dairy Shack restaurant in Eminence, Missouri.

Appearing live in front of the Rocky Ridge farmhouse they interview Vicki Johnston (Museum Supervisor) and Clint Jackson (Wilder Home Manager).

#GirlfriendGetaway: Day two wraps up in Mansfield, Ava, and West Plains

They have approximately 30,000 visitors a year. Summer hours are between 9am and 4:30pm with a tour leaving every 30 minutes. Tours include the museum, Rocky Ridge farmhouse, and the rock house. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Literature Festival was near the end of April in 2019. They are looking at moving to the first week of May for 2020. The 2019 event was the first and they hoped to have 150 people — they got 703.

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.

Wilder Days TV 2019

Take a look at two videos from the local Springfield TV station near Mansfield. Whether you want to know how this year went or want to start planning for next year, this is what you need to know.

The part about Wilder Days starts at 3:20 into the video. Previewing the 2019 Wilder Days event which was the 46th year of the event. It’s the 6th year of the fiddling contest. They discuss in-depth how the fiddle competition works.

Host Chat/Wilder Home – 9/13/19

It starts out talking about Wilder stuff right at the beginning. This one is less focused on the fiddles and talks about how they are running the festival at Rocky Ridge. It’s the 125th Anniversary of the On the Way Home trip. Laura lived in Mansfield for 63 years.

Wilder Day Festival – 9/16/19

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.

Walking the Rocky Ridge Rock House Trail

Although the Rocky Ridge Farmhouse and the Rock House face different roads, they aren’t that far as a crow flies. In fact at the time they were built they were connected with a walking path. They’ve worked for awhile on recreating the path. Now you can follow the walk between the houses yourself.

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

August 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

My beautiful picture

It’s August and it’s the last harrah of summer with a few more events at the homesites.

De Smet SD

  • The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. –  August 9, 10, 11, 2019

Spring Valley MN

  • AG Days Town Celebration – August 15-18

Mansfield MO

  • August 2, 2019 7:00pm – Sunset Serenade with Pa’s Fiddle

Malone/Burke NY

  • Annual Cultural Festival– Fete du Quebecois – August 24, 2019

Celebrating the French Canadian heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!

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

Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2019

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. If you plan a Laura trip before they open, make sure you call ahead. The homesite museums that are not fully open, may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see.

Although you should double check before making a special trip, homesites tend to open on very similar, if not the same, dates every year so use this to plan for next year.

Wagon Ride at DeSmet Pageant
Wagon Ride at DeSmet Pageant

2019 Opening Dates

Pepin, WI
– Opens May 1, 2019

Independence, KS
– Opened April 1, 2019

Walnut Grove, MN
– The visitor/gift shop stays open all year round with reduced hours in the off season.
April 1, 2019 the ground open and the hours expand to include weekends.
(Mon.-Sat. 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sun. 12 Noon-4:00 pm)
May 1, 2019 they expand weekend hours again
(Mon.-Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sun. 12 Noon-5:00 pm)
June 1, 2019 hours extend to 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.

Dugout Site normally not open until sometime May. The date is dependent on weather conditions, if there is still snow or if it’s flooded it won’t open as early. Call ahead and check. But it’s now open for this year.

Burr Oak, IA
– Opened May 1, 2019 MonSat limited hours through May.
(Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm –Last tour 3:  on all days– Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm) Hours expand with Memorial Day, May 28, 2019
(Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm-Last tour 4:00 pm- Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm Last tour 3:00 pm)

DeSmet, SD
Memorial Society – Opened limited hours in January – April, expand to Saturday during May (Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Goes to 7 days a week June 1, 2019 (Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm)

Ingalls Homestead – Opened Memorial Day Weekend for regular hours 9:00 am – 7:00 pm every day with activities from 10:00 am -6:00 pm. They host school visits M-F through May so if you plan on a visit before they officially open next year, you may not be out of luck.  Visitors are welcome to join up with a school group, but should call or email first to get specific times as they vary daily.  800-776-3594 – mail@ingallshomestead.com

Mansfield, MO
Opened March 1, 2018 (Monday thru Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm)

Malone/Burke, NY
 – Opens Sat., May 26, 2018

Spring Valley, MN 
Open Daily starting June 1, 2019

Keystone, SD
– Opened May 15, 2019

Vinton, IA
– As of now the school remains closed. The School for the Blind was combined last year with the The School for the Deaf and they moved to Council Bluffs (which honestly I still don’t understand how that was legal).

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.