Join host Sarah Uthoff and Walnut Grove museum director Amy Ankrum as they talk about the major event the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and the Walnut Grove Pageant are planning for next July in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV show. We'll talk about what's happening, who's coming, and what to expect. Ankrum will be coming off the five site meeting and will give us all the latest Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum news. Tune in with your questions.
Iowa-based Sarah S. Uthoff is a widely respected authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has been visiting Laura’s homesites in the Midwest on a regular basis since 1983. Much in demand as a speaker on Laura and other topics, Uthoff has presented at several of the homesites and is on the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau. She’s been involved in several historical preservation endeavors, most recently running a national campaign to identify letters penned by Laura. A reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Uthoff is an editor of and frequent contributor to the Homesteader. She maintains her own web site at Trundle Bed Tales.
Next year is the 40th Anniversary of Little House on the Prairie. Talk around the Internet says several reunions are planned. The only one I have any real knowledge of is the one taking place in July in Walnut Grove. It coincides with their annual Wilder Pageant. A Facebook group has been set up for anyone who is interested in learning more: https://www.facebook.com/groups/555880417812526/
Here is the current list of stars scheduled to appear:
Hersha Parady - Alice Garvey
Charlotte Stewart - Mrs.Eva (Beadle) Simms
Alison Arngrim - Nellie Oleson
Dean Butler - Almanzo Wilder
Lucy Lee Flippin - Eliza Jane Wilder
The Greenbush Twins - Carrie Ingalls
The Turnbaugh Twins - Grace Ingalls
Join Ingalls and Wilder biographer, Bill Anderson, along with Little House on the Prairie cast members, Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) at the One-Room Schoolhouse Dedication Event this coming Saturday, August 24th, at the Wilder Farm in Burke, New York.
Take a self-guided tour of the new schoolhouse. There will be period activities and demonstrations, food, music, games, and book and DVD signings. Admission fee is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 - 16, and free for children 5 and under.
This event runs from 10AM - 4PM, and the dedication ceremony is planned for 1PM. Visit the Wilder Homestead website for more information at http://www.almanzowilderfarm.com/
Just released - Laura Ingalls Wilder's Walnut Grove by William Anderson.
"This book traces the history of Walnut Grove as it was known by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the establishment of the town's Museum and annual Wilder Pageant, and the steady stream of visitors who stop by to revel in reminders of the heartland's past. Walnut Grove is a town with a story to tell. Full color."