Did you know that Almanzo Wilder was born near Malone, N.Y.? Or that Charles Ingalls was born in Cuba, N.Y.? Celebrate the writings of one of the most popular writers of 19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Day on Aug. 6-7 and learn more about Laura's ties to Western New York.
Commemorated through two television series and 10 novels, Laura Ingalls captured the imagination of girls of every age.
2016 Special Guest Appearance by Karen Grassle
For the museum’s eighth year hosting this fun-filled and historic weekend we will be having an appearance from a famous person involved in the Little House on the Prairie TV show. Karen Grassle (pronounced Grassley) is best known for her role as Caroline Ingalls, the wife of Michael Landon's character and the mother of Melissa Gilbert's character, in the NBC television drama series Little House on the Prairie from 1974-1982. She was one of 47 actresses who auditioned for the part. In 1988, Karen was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for her role as “Ma Ingalls.” During her years in Hollywood, one of Karen’s proudest accomplishments was the production of the TV Movie, Battered, which she co-wrote with her friend, Cynthia Lovelace Sears, and starred in with Mike Farrell. Ms. Grassle moved to the San Francisco Bay Area about 8 years ago. Having been born in Berkeley, graduated from Cal, and started her career in San Francisco, it was a “coming home”. During these years, she has done plays at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, and the San Francisco Playhouse where she won a Bay Area Critics Award for her work in Cabaret. Ms. Grassle is nearly finished writing her memoir that tells the story of a California girl who finds her calling in the theatre and the journey she takes from Berkeley protests, to training on a Fulbright in London, to working on Broadway to becoming well-known all over the world for the character of Ma on Little House. This spring she shot a horror movie, Lasso.
Renowned historian William Anderson, author of his new book The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder — collected letters tracing Wilder's life through the final days of covered wagon travel, her life as a farm woman, a country journalist, Depression-era author & years of fame as the writer of the Little House books — will be on site at the museum during the weekend for autographs and a talk about his research and the various interesting people he has met during his lifetime spent as a history teacher, writer and lecturer. This book and other Laura books are available at the museum gift shop.
Much of Anderson's work focuses on the Ingalls family, their travels and their lifestyle on the American prairie. Purchase one of his books at the museum's gift shop and have it signed in person for free during the 2016 Laura Ingalls Weekend!
Laura Ingalls Wilder weekend is arguable the most fun-filled and action-packed weekend offered at the museum! Please note: we will not be able to feature a children's fashion promenade in 2016 but we encourage everyone to dress up and join us for the following activities offered throughout the historic village:
Activities change from year to year. Some activities featured in this video may not be available in 2017.
Admission Prices ~ Members are FREE
Festival admission (includes entrance to the historic village, art gallery, and the nature center trails):
GCVM is open 10 am-4 pm
Tues-Sun, May 7-Sept 4
plus Wed-Sun, Sept 10-Oct 9
& May 30, July 4, Sept 5 & Oct 10