Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017

It’s not always easy to find out about what’s going on for Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country. I finally decided that current information is probably best posted on a month by month basis so for current information search this site for the name of the month you are looking for and the word event (for example October 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events).

Let me know if I’m missing any. Most of these events are annual, but check with the group hosting the event for exact dates for following years.

Watch for updates information on my events page.

Listen to the podcast walking you through the year.

Masters Hotel Burr Oak IA
Masters Hotel Burr Oak IA

 

Pepin WI

150th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday – February 4-5, 2017 – an event in Pepin, Wisconsin in honor of Laura’s 150th birthday – Details coming later, but will include activities at the replica birthplace cabin.

Laura Days – September 9-10, 2017

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Pepin Cabin
Pepin Cabin

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction and 150th Celebration – February 17, 2017 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church) – May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 23-25, 2017 – This will be the 40th Anniversary of the event

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale October 2017 – Date TBA – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Birthday Parties can be scheduled by any group at any time.

De Smet SD

July 14-16 2017 – an event in De Smet, South Dakota in honor of Laura’s 150th anniversary – Details coming later

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

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 11, 12, 13, 2017

The Memorial Society in De Smet staunchly held for years that when you pay a subscription for Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore it was only a subscription and it was completely separate from the museum. Now the museum has a new membership program. They are honoring current subscriptions to Lore until they expire, but it doesn’t include the varying levels and member benefits. Current lifetime memberships will be honored, but it will no longer be an option to get new ones. An article appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lore with a fuller explanation of the membership program.

behind the barns

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Almanzo 100 Gravel Road Bike Race – May 20, 2017

Annual Ice Cream Social – June 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Eliza Jane School Days – July 24-25 & 27-28, 2017

Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-20, 2017

Christmas teas – Dec. 2-3. 2017 (reservations required)

Mansfield MO

At this point no dates schedules yet there has been some changes in administration this last year.

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Dates for pageant not yet announced

Wilder Days: September 15,16, & 17, 2017

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Annual Board Meeting where any member may attend Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:00am Malone Lodge of the Elks, Elm Street Malone RSVP by farm@almanzowilderfarm.com or 518-483-1207.

July 22, 2017 Children’s Art Gala

  • 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!

Aug. 26, 2017— Annual Cultural Festival – Native American Festival!

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

Sept. 23, 2017 Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment

  • Civil War living history encampment and
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
  • 8th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
  • Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce

Sept. 24 Open extended Sunday hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Civil War re-enactors living history encampment and one skirmish. Regu- lar admission and guided tours available. Last tour at 3pm.

Last day of regular season is Sunday, Oct. 1st.

Private tours by appointment through October

Dec. 2, 2017 Christmas with Almanzo  children’s  craft activities,

Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

ALL EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant – August 4, 5, and 6, 2017. The 6th will be a Sunday Maintee.

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on.

South Dakota State Historical Society – Sioux Falls SD

April 28-29, 2017 – South Dakota State Historical Conference – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Ushers Ferry Historic Village – Cedar Rapids IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Tickets Required. (Scroll down on page to find tickets)

American Printing House for the Blind – Louisville, Kentucky

January 7, 2017 – Mary Ingalls Birthday Party

Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Saturday, February 4, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
http://www1.youseemore.com/pomona

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

150th Birthday Party at Old World Wisconsin– February 4, 2017  10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm More information – Preregistration is required.

World of Little House – July 22, 2017 to July 30, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Watch their website for more information.

 

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

Laura Ingalls Wilder Event August 12 & 13, 2017 10:00 am – 4:30 pm– Watch their website for more details.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  – August 5-6, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Watch for their page to be updated with 2017 information

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Hoover’s Hometown Days – August 5, 2017 1:30 pm Christine Woodside of Libertarians on the Prairie and David Davenport of Rugged Individualism to talk about their respective books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – September 4, 2017
No details yet, but they plan on having their usual temporary Wilder display up a little longer than usual.

Colt on Ingalls Homestead
Colt on Ingalls Homestead

National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum had quit their annual Laura party a few years back so thanks to Beyond Little House for giving me a heads up for this one.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday Program – February 25, 2017 10am – 1pm

Conferences

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

LauraPalooza July 12–14, 2017

Books

Last Updated: January 31, 2017
By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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.

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2016

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 sixth year I’ve put together a shopping guide. Check the first post for basic gift ideas. So 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.

Most of the presents that I suggested in 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , and 2015 are still available so take a look at previous shopping posts for more ideas.

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 this year even faster than normal.

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!

Little House Coloring Book
Little House Coloring Book

For a third year in the row the homesites have worked together to create a calendar with photos from all the sites. This year they are including recipes from The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook. Heads up they are printed on slick paper and the space the recipe takes up means that calendar squares are smaller than the last two years. They are available at any homesite giftshop. Mine is hung up already.

The big news was that back in March a brand new book by William T. Anderson was released. The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder is the perfect present for any Laura fan that wants to learn more. Anderson thinks this will be the last newly published material we’ll see from Wilder.

Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder

More big news is that the Little House on the Prairie Museum has rolled out a brand new online store. Check it out. I especially love the stuffed bull. Instead of a longhorn, it’s a Hereford. Herefords are the best. We raise them. (Yes, I have one of these.)

New paperback editions of two scholarly books came out this year and would also make good buys.

  • Little House Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture by Anita Clair Fellman (which includes a Sarah Uthoff reference).
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture by John E. Miller

A recent publication takes into account the surge in adult coloring and The Little House Coloring Book has been a big hit. Based on Garth Williams illustrations at any of the giftshops. If you’re into coloring there is also a great coloring book based on illustrations by Cheryl Harness is available at most homesites. See some sample pages.

I don’t know why it never occurred to me before, but here’s an idea for your favorite fan if they are planning a trip to Walnut Grove this year, consider buying them pageant tickets. The tickets are available for 2017 already and the earlier you buy tickets the better seats you can get. They mail them so you can get the tickets to go under the tree. Buy them either online or by phone if you want their advice for which seat. The phone goes into a business so you can always find someone there during business hours. (Note: I don’t advise pre-buying for the other pageants because differences in how their systems work.)

Pioneer Night Dress
Pioneer Night Dress

Spring Valley may be a small site, but they tend to look for different and local buys so their giftshop always has interesting things you won’t find other places. Unfortunately they are out of their Christmas ornaments right now, but among other things they have a delightful large collection of “American Girl” style doll clothes. “We have big variety of 18″ Like Laura doll clothes that would make any young girl on your list happy.” I bought this lovely pioneer nightdress for my niece. Shhhh! E-mail them with questions about what they have and they’ll send photos.

The Almanzo Wilder farm has rolled out a wood cut ornament to add to your Christmas collection. wood-cut-ornament

The Walnut Grove museum brought out several new designs of sweatshirts and long sleeve t-shirts during 2016. It’s sometimes harder to find clothes to share your Laura love during the winter or even during cool summer nights. With one of the largest gift shops, Walnut Grove continues to work with authors and publishers to offer signed copies for Little House fans who can’t get to a book signing. Their big seller right now is autographed copies of Melissa Gilbert’s My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours. Ask them about other titles. They also focus on local handcrafted items. Don’t forget their doll clothes including the cutest American Girl style doll coat on the planet. 

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet are continuing with their Garth Williams ornaments with designed closely inspired by Garth Williams work. The memorial society has also come out with an entry for De Smet in the Images of America series from Arcadia publishing. If you are unfamiliar with this publishing company they have a template and then partner with local people to collect the photos and information to complete it. Many towns across the country have done this and Mansfield, Missouri also has one available through the Mansfield Historical Society. Check out an exciting, well researched publication Laura Ingalls Wilder and Education in Kingsbury County by Nancy Cleveland.

When I was in De Smet this summer I was most impressed by the Memorial Society’s decorative replicas. I bought things like a version of the butter churn Laura threw out the door at Rocky Ridge and a lamp mat.

Check out new fabric licensed by Little House on the Prairie of Family Friendly Films for crafts and sewing projects. They have also license a series of dolls through Queen Treasures. These are the 18 inch dolls (the same size as American Girls) and includes both the dolls and a range of accessories.

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 15, 2016

De Smet SD

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
Online Store
Phone 1-800-880-3383
Last Day for Priority Mail – December 13, 2016

Ingalls Homestead
Online Store
Phone: 1-800-776-3594
Last Day for Priority – Didn’t give a date use your own judgment.

Loftus Store Online
Phone: 605-854-3773 Call to order
Last Day for Priority – Didn’t give a date use your own judgment.

Mansfield MO

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum
Online Store
Phone 1-877-924-7126 (Toll free)
Last Day for Priority – December 21, 2016

Malone NY

Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm
Online Store
farm@almanzowilderfarm.com
Last Day for Priority – December 19, 2016

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 – December 9, 2016

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
Online Store
Phone (563) 735-5916
Last Day for Priority – December 15, 2016

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.

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 – December 15, 2016

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.

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder 2016 Season Ends and Christmas Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Malone, NY – Closed October 2, 2016 Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing farm@almanzowilderfarm.com Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 3, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. “For this event admissions free. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house at 11:30 and 1:00. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items. “Happy Christmas!””

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

Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2016.

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

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

This is the big one. The biggest Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite events go on in July and the most different events go on then. It really makes you wish Laura had been born in July instead of February. I hope you have some travel plans made because as always they have some great stuff lined up.

Sod House Replica Walnut Grove MN
Sod House Replica Walnut Grove MN

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 8-9, 2016
  • July 15-16, 2016
  • July 22-23, 2016

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 9, July 16, and July 23, 2016
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer.

William T. Anderson, Laura Ingalls Wilder expert extraordinaire, will be returning to Walnut Grove on July 8-10, 2016. He’ll be speaking on the 9th and will be signing both days. It will be well worth a trip. Anderson is the editor of the recent book, The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) will return to Walnut Grove on July 16 & 17, 2016 to visit with fans during our annual Wilder Pageant weekend. The schedule will include autograph sessions on Saturday, an evening speaking engagement prior to the Wilder Pageant performance on the 16th and a photo & autograph session on Sunday.

Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) will return to Walnut Grove during July 8-10, 2016. Stewart will be speaking in the City Park, Autographing her Tote Bags AND her NEW Book to be released in June. Once Walnut Grove has more details on her visit and the new Book they will post it on their website for advance orders.

De Smet SD

The Long Winter

  • July 8-10, 2016 – I’ll be presenting the Pioneer version of In the Kitchen With Laura this Saturday at the Ingalls Homestead.

  • July 15-17, 2016

  • July 22-24, 2016

Pageant Selection for 2017 – Little Town on the Prairie

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Eliza Jane School Days – July 25-26 & 28-29 2016

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

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

  • July 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2016

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

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

  • Children’s art show will be on display, along with student essays. Award ceremony.
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food available.
  • Morgan horses from Wm. H. Miner Institute

    Cosmos at Ingalls Homestead
    Cosmos at Ingalls Homestead

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/4466/the-world-of-little-house

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

July 16 & 17, 2016 – Watch their website for more details. Heritage Hill has long held an annual Laura Ingalls Wilder event and confirmed it will return this year.

Vinton IA

This is in August, but I wanted to include it so you wouldn’t miss it when you turn the calendar.

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant – August 5, 6, and 7 2016. The 7th will be a Sunday Maintee.

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.

Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2016

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. The homesites are now open now, but if you’re looking for a spring trip next year this will give you some ideas. Be sure to check the hours on the homesite’s website or call before you go out of the way. Never assume a homesite is open. I’ve learned that the hard way. 🙂

 

Surveyors House
Surveyors House

2016 Opening Dates

Pepin, WI – Opened May 13, 2016

Independence, KS – Opened April 1, 2016

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum opened April 1, 2016. Dugout Site not open until 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.

Burr Oak, IA – Opened May 1, MonSat limited hours through May. Hours change with
Memorial Day.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – Opened limited hours in January – April, expand to Saturday during May, and then go to 7 days a week June 1st

Ingalls Homestead – Opened Memorial Day Weekend for regular hours 9am -7pm every day with activities from 10am -6pm. 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 1st, 2016

Malone, NY
Opened Sat., May 28, 2016 – Outside normal season dates advance appointments depend on tour guide availability. Minimum admission for non-open season tours is $25. Please call or email to schedule, and give the Homestead two weeks’ notice so we can schedule our volunteer guides. Regular season hours start May 28th.

Spring Valley, MN
Regular hours on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 28, 2016.

Keystone, SD – Opened June 1, 2016

Vinton, IA – Since they are kind of in a different situation, being part of an institution that has to be open all year. They don’t have stated open hours, but will gladly give a tour by appointment. Pat Barr wrote “We  will give a tour any day Monday through Friday. They may call Justin Ruegg at 319-472-5221, Extension 1226 or myself at 319-472-5221, Extension 1110.”

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2016

For a long time I debated if I could possibly keep a list of Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country up to date. I finally decided that current information is probably best posted on a month by month basis so for current information search this site for the name of the month you are looking for and the word event (for example September 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events).

I decided that doing an annual list of the major repeating events would be worthwhile. Let me know if I’m missing any. Most of these events are annual, but check with the group hosting the event for exact dates for following years.

Watch for updates information on my events page.

Check out Ep 71 of my podcast Looking Ahead to Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2016

http://percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=160790&episodeId=8210521

Sarah and Trundle Bed
Sarah and Trundle Bed

Also, find other William T. Anderson appearances around the Midwest.

Pepin WI

Annual Meeting- February 2, 2016 7pm.
This year they will have an inaugural performance on a newly-acquired reed organ, restored by Dave Zahn.

149th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday – February 7, 2016 2pm
The celebration at the cabin will be on Sunday afternoon at 2pm, with hot drinks and birthday treats for all who brave the weather to come out. “snow date” would be Feb 21.

Laura Days – September 10-11, 2016

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 11, 2016

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 8-9, 2016
  • July 15-16, 2016
  • July 22-23, 2016

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 9, July 16, and July 23, 2016
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer.

Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) will return to Walnut Grove on July 16 & 17, 2016 to visit with fans during our annual Wilder Pageant weekend. The schedule will include autograph sessions on Saturday, an evening speaking engagement prior to the Wilder Pageant performance on the 16th and a photo & autograph session on Sunday.

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction – February 12, 2016 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church) – May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 25-26, 2016 – This will be the 40th Anniversary of the event

NEW EVENT! – Fall Fest and Used Book Sale October 10, 2016 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Annual Fund Brunch – December 14, 2015 – 8:30 am

Birthday Parties can be scheduled by any group at any time.

De Smet SD

The Long Winter

  • July 8-10, 2016

  • July 15-17, 2016

  • July 22-24, 2016

Pageant Selection for 2017 – Little Town on the Prairie

The Memorial Society in De Smet has long staunchly held that when you pay a subscription for “Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore” that was all you were getting and it was completely separate from the museum is rolling the subscriptions into a new membership program. They will honor current subscriptions until they expire, but then have a new program with varying levels and member benefits. No word about how long current lifetime memberships will be handled, but it will no longer be an option to get new ones. A wish list for donations is listed in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lore with a fuller explanation of the new membership program.

behind the barns

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Wilder Fest – May 13-15, 2016

Ice Cream Social – June 20, 2016 from 5 pm – 7pm

Eliza Jane School Days – July 25-26 & 28-29 2016

Christmas Teas – Dates To Be Announced

Mansfield MO

Future Teachers Group meets at Rocky Ridge Farm: April 8, 2016

Laura Ingalls Wilder inducted into Missouri State University Public Affairs Hall of Fame : April 14, 2016

Grand Opening for New Museum: April 22, 2016

Laura’s Memories Pageant

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

  • July 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2016
  • 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

  • Children’s art show will be on display, along with student essays. Award ceremony.
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food available.
  • Morgan horses from Wm. H. Miner Institute

Cultural Festival-Irish Fenian Festival – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 am-4 pm

  • Celebrating the Irish heritage of the area in the mid-19th century with food, music, demonstrations, and more, Fenian Raid reenactments. More details to follow.

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!

Celebrate Christmas With Almanzo – Saturday, December 3, 2016 11 am -3 pm Free admission.

  •  Come and enjoy readings from the Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items.

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant – August 5, 6, and 7 2016. The 7th will be a Sunday Maintee.

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on.

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/4466/the-world-of-little-house

Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

July 16 & 17, 2016 – Watch their website for more details. Heritage Hill has long held an annual Laura Ingalls Wilder event and confirmed it will return this year.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  August 6-7, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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. Last year they charged for the first time. I haven’t yet heard whether they will sell tickets or not in the coming year, but if you plan to call ahead by at least a week to see what they’re doing (I’m not sure when plans will be finalized so don’t call much before that).

Anaheim White House – Anaheim, California

Dinner with 7 Little House on the Prairie TV Show stars – March 19, 2016  4 pm – 10 pm
Tickets range between $350 and $750 and discounted hotel rooms are available. Purchase tickets in advance they go on sale January 19th. Stars scheduled are: Join Alison Arngrim, Allison Balson, Dan McBride, Radames Pera, Charlotte Stewart, Rachel Greenbush & Dean Butler. There will be 15 high grade tickets that will include a tour of the exterior sets site in Simi Valley, California with Alison Arngrim.

Books

A brand NEW book by William T. Anderson will be released on March 8, 2016. The very anticipated book is The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Anderson thinks this will be the last newly published material we’ll see from Wilder.

Available new paperback editions of 2 scholarly books announced by Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, SD.

  • Little House Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture by Anita Clair Fellman (which includes a Sarah Uthoff reference).
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture by John E. Miller

Last Updated: January 11, 2016
By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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.

 

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder 2015 Season Ends Christmas Events

12274198_10153758746468894_6205343569480764242_n October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then later in the year snow photos. I called around to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/laura-links/

Pepin, WI – After  October 18, 2015 the museum will no longer be open daily, but will re-open for the weekends in October and early November 10 AM – 5 PM.  Then they will be closed until May 2016. They should re-open for the town of Pepin celebration on the Saturday only, Hometown Holidays, December 5, 2015 (all-day).
http://pepinwisconsin.com/hometown-holidays

Independence, KS – Closed October 31, 2015,  Normal fall hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm and closed Mon.

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season November 1, 2015, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open during November and December from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. They will be closed December 24-25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. After New Years Day it will be open Monday –  Friday, same hours, until April 1, 2016.

Burr Oak, IA – Closed October 17, 2015. Beginning in September they have reduced hours. After Labor Day the hours & days this year were Thurs, Fri, & Sat., 10-4. They weren’t open on Sunday after Labor Day this year.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, Mon.- Fri. 9 am – 4pm with tours going out at 10 am and 2 pm. They will close December 24-January 3rd for Christmas and New Years.

Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed October 31, 2015, Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30th. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.

Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 2015. The museum is closed, but the gift shop is open. They have a one-day Christmas open house. In recent years it has been on the Friday of the first weekend in December so plan ahead for next year. This year it is Friday, December 4th from 5-8 pm. It is free. You can take photos of yourself in front of the fireplace in the historic home with Santa. Pa’s fiddle will be played. Sample Laura’s recipes and enjoy a cup of Hot Cider or Coffee. Christmas Shop in the Gift Shoppe/Bookstore.

Malone, NY – Closed Sept. 30, 2015, Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing farm@almanzowilderfarm.com Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 6th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. For this event admissions free. Come and enjoy readings from Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house at 11:30 and 1:00. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items. “Happy Christmas!”

Spring Valley, MN – Only open on weekends for the rest of the month of October. Closed October 31, 2015. They reopen for Christmas teas. Teas will be Thursday the 3rd – Sunday the 6th with sittings at 12:30 pm each day. As of right now they only have Sunday spots available, but it’s an annual event and if you’re are interested check with them in early fall next year. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. The cost for the tea is $10. They will also be having house tours that same week-end from 1pm-4pm each day.  The cost for the tours is $7 and includes three area homes. For more info call 507-346-7659.

Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2015.

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

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales 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.