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. 2-3 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. For the museum’s seventh year hosting this fun-filled and historic weekend, special guests will include the following:
Melissa Anderson played “Mary Ingalls” on Little House on the Prairie and starred in a whopping 163 episodes of the show and also had a short stint on The Love Boat, as well as being a guest star on one episode each of The Brady Bunch and Bewitched.
More recently, she has acted in several made-for-TV movies and has done some character voice-acting in two video games. In May 2010 she published her book The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House (available the museum shop and on line). She will be on campus both days for a presentation at noon on the village square with Q&A from the audience. Melissa Anderson's talk will be interpreted for the deaf both days of the event.
Ms. Anderson will be available for an autograph session - from 2pm to 4pm each afternoon of the event. Autographs are limited to 200 signatures per session. Visitors must pre-register for the autograph session and purchase a ticket on the morning of the event after their arrival at the museum. Ticket sales begin at 10am.
Registration will be located near the autograph area just outside the Town Hall and staff will be available to sell autograph tickets throughout the day. Ticket prices are $5 for an autograph signed on an item purchased at the museum and $10 for an autograph signed on an item brought from home. Note: these prices are per item, not per person. The autograph session itself will occur inside the museum's Town Hall from 2pm to 4pm.
Laura Ingalls Wilder weekend is arguable the most fun-filled and action-packed weekend offered at the museum! You won't want to miss the following activities offered throughout the historic village:
New for 2014! Make a handkerchief doll ($2) like Laura and her sisters would have played with in the 1800's (photo on left). Historically, these cloth dolls were made to keep children occupied during church services and so if dropped they wouldn't make a sound. (Sorry, we will not be offering corn husk dolls this year).
Once again, the museum's historical clothing manager will host the Children's Fashion Promenade on the village square stage. Don your prairie costumes and show them off to the crowd each morning at 11am (note the earlier time this year)! Sign-up for the promenade will be located near the stage and begins at 10am.
Renowned historian William Anderson, author of his new book Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Walnut Grove—the story of what happened to Laura after the Little House series, 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 shop and on line.
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!
11am Children’s Fashion Promenade (Main Stage – Village Square)
Noon Presentation by Melissa Anderson (Main Stage – Village Square)
1:30pm “Little House on the Prairie” Tunes Sing-Along (Brooks Grove Church)
2-4pm Autograph Session with Melissa Anderson (Town Hall)
2:30pm Presentation by Renowned Author and Ingalls Family Historian Bill Anderson (Brooks Grove Church)
3pm LIVE! Anvil Firing (Location TBD)
Base Ball Games:
Saturday – Men: Spring Creek @ Rochester at 1pm (Silver Base Ball Park)
Sunday – Men: Victory @ Live Oak at 1pm (Silver Base Ball Park); Ladies’ Townball Match at 2pm (Great Meadow)
Activities change from year to year. Some activities featured in this video may not be available in 2014.
This event is sponsored in part by
The museum is open 10 am-4 pm Tues-Sun plus Sept. 1 & Oct. 13. Nature center trails open 10 am-4 pm weekends. All are closed Sept. 2-5.