Commemorated through two television series and 10 novels, Laura Ingalls captured the imagination of children of all ages. Come to the museum and spend a day with hands-on activities that Laura Ingalls Wilder surely would have enjoyed.
This year's celebrity guest will be Alison Arngrim, the actress who portrayed America's favorite spoiled brat "Nellie Oleson" on the TV series Little House on the Prairie. Ms. Arngrim, now a professional comedian, travels the globe entertaining audiences with her hilarious routine based on her experiences of being labeled as America's #1 brat. Her book, in which she tells all, will be available for purchase during her visit to the historic village in August. During the day, Ms. Arngrim will have host a G-rated presentation during which the public may ask her questions. Listen to Ms. Arngrim tell museum visitors of just what it was like to be a cast member on the show as well as Hollywood's most hated character in the 1970s.
"Nellie" will be available for an autograph session - once each day during the weekend. Visitors must pre-register for the autograph session and purchase a ticket the day of the event. Registration will be located near the autograph area on the Village Square. Ticket prices are $5 for autograph signed on an item purchased at the museum and $10 for an autograph signed on an item brought from home. (More than a dozen Laura-related books—including Arngrim's autobiography— are available in our Flint Hill Country Store or online.)
Enjoy storytelling by Laura historian & impersonator Melanie Stringer! Ms. Stringer joins us all the way from the Victorian Era - when Laura was an adult and had already met, fallen in love with and married her dear Almanzo. Ever wanted to ask Laura a question about her life and times? Have the chance to during Ms. Stringer's presentation "A Yankee Woman is a Curiosity" or at a special pre-arranged meet-and-greet with "Laura" that includes the opportunity for photographs! Photo op included in museum admission at no additional charge.
Many other fun-filled activities will be going on during the day including contests like the pig bladder toss, sack race, two-man-saw, egg toss or play in a haystack.
Schedule of the Main Events:
11:00 am Presentation by “Laura Ingalls Wilder” Historian and Impersonator Melanie Stringer
Noon Presentation by Alison Arngrim on her time as “Nellie” on Little House
1:00 pm Children’s Fashion Promenade
1pm-3:30pm Speak with Laura Historian and Impersonator Melanie Stringer and take a photo with her at the Hamilton House!
3pm Join in the Spelling Bee! Winner receives a gift certificate to the Flint Hill Store!
2pm-4pm Autograph Session with Alison Arngrim
2pm Farmer Boy Presentation (Sunday Only) in the Meeting Center Auditorium - Join the "Flavors of Rochester Book Club" for a lively discussion of the Farmer Boy book and the foods eaten by Almanzo Wilder and his family, including a tasting of some of the historic foods mentioned in the book.
For a full schedule of activities for the weekend click here. PLEASE NOTE: All activities listed are weather dependent and are subject to change or cancelation over the weekend.
Activities change from year to year. Some activities featured in this video may not be available in 2013.
Admission Rates for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days are:
Senior 62+ or Student with ID
Children (3 & Under)
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Except for special programming, GCVM is now closed for the season and will reopen in May 2014.