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. 1-2 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. Check back soon for our special guest announcement!
Hersha Parady played “Alice Garvey” on Little House on the Prairie and starred in 34 episodes of the show during the last four seasons of the series. From Hersha's website: she "began her professional career at the Cleveland Playhouse (Betty Sandhoff), thereafter she worked in Regional Theatre from east to west coast, landing in Los Angeles where she continued her work on stage, garnering 3 Best Actress Awards and finding herself in front of the camera in dozens of commercials, After School Specials, Movies of the Week and as a regular on the internationally beloved series, Little House on the Prairie."
Ms. Parady will be on campus both days for a presentation at noon on the village square with Q&A from the audience. Then in the afternoon, an autograph session will be held at the Town Hall - from 2pm to 4pm each day 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.
Ms. Graef illustrated the series My First Little House, The Little House Chapter Books and the “Kirsten” American Girl books. She is an accomplished artist and an award-winning illustrator of over 70 books for children. Ms. Graef will be presenting a talk twice per day of the event on her original sketches, her technique and touching on the historical research that goes into much of her artwork. She will also be available for book signings throughout the day in the museum's gift shop.
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:
Activities change from year to year. Some activities featured in this video may not be available in 2015.
GCVM is open Tues-Sun, May 9-Sept 6
& Wed-Sun Sept 12-Oct 11 plus
May 25, July 4, Sept 7 & Oct 12