It’s a town Laura never even mentioned by name in her books, and yet the town that more people associate with her than any other, thanks to Michael Landon’s television series.
I think most Laura fans hold a warm spot in their hearts for the little town of Walnut Grove, although the real town differs significantly from the fictitious one seen on tv. Still, somehow, it feels like home to us. The little schoolhouse with our beloved “Miss Beadle,” the church gatherings led by dear Reverend Alden, and yes, even the general store with that nasty “Nellie Oleson” all seem to intermingle with our own childhood memories until they seem as if they belong to us.
At least, that’s how it is for me.
So I knew everyone would want to jump on a couple of opportunities to help out our shared hometown!
1. Become a Friend of the Museum, officially! You’ll receive two newsletters, free admission to the museum next April through October, and obtain free access to the research center!
Annual (Couple) – $20
Annual (Family) – $25
Lifetime – $100
Send your payment to:
LIW Museum — Attn Nicole
330 Eighth St
Walnut Grove, MN 56180
2. Walnut Grove needs your help for their next newsletter (an edition you won’t want to miss, so be sure to join as a Friend of the Museum today!) They are looking for good, publishable photographs of the three main events this summer: Laurapalooza, Dean Butler’s visit to Walnut Grove, and Alison Arngrim’s visit to Walnut Grove. If you have any nice photos of any of these events that you are willing to allow the museum to publish in their newsletter, please send the photos to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org — photos should be sent in the highest resolution you have available so they will be suitable for printing. Thank you!!
3. Support the museum through donations, tours, and gift shop purchases! Your money not only keeps the museum up and running, but allows them to expand their exhibits. You know what that means — we all have to keep going back to see what’s new! 🙂 In the works for next season are a hands-on general store, old telephone booth, bank, and post office! Nicole writes, “Imagine writing a letter to the Kennedy family and depositing “money” at the Walnut Grove State Bank in the late 1870s!” This sounds like a lot of fun for kids and adults alike!
P.S. I hear De Smet has some great new ideas in the works for next summer, as well, so if you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to Laura Land, next year would be a great time to do it!