Little Houses, Mighty Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years of Laura Ingalls WilderThe Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association is pleased to sponsor the fourth LauraPalooza conference, to be held at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri on July 12–14, 2017. Additional location, lodging, and registration information will be released at a later date. We will open a block of rooms with special group rates in plenty of time for you to book your room ahead of the conference! Call for Papers: We now invite submissions of paper, panel, and workshop proposals for review and possible acceptance for presentation. The theme of this year’s conference captures the 150th anniversary of Laura’s birth – a sesquicentennial to celebrate! Presentations may wish to focus on lasting impacts of Laura’s life and legacy in all related subject areas. Of course, we also welcome viewpoints on those who were closest to Laura – her husband and daughter, the Ingalls family members, and Laura’s friends and sphere of influence. Potential presenters are welcome to interpret the theme as they like. “LauraPalooza” embodies the community spirit, work ethic, and social interaction embraced by the Ingalls and Wilder families. Academic presentations mingle with dime socials and spelling bees. Join scholars, writers, and professionals who specialize in Ingalls and Wilder literary, historical, and cultural impacts. Topics may include:
Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 9, July 16, and July 23, 2016 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer.
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) will return to Walnut Grove on July 16 & 17, 2016 to visit with fans during our annual Wilder Pageant weekend. The schedule will include autograph sessions on Saturday, an evening speaking engagement prior to the Wilder Pageant performance on the 16th and a photo & autograph session on Sunday.
July 8-10, 2016
July 15-17, 2016
July 22-24, 2016
With one of the largest gift shops, Walnut Grove continues to work with authors and publishers to offer signed copies for Little House fans who can't get to a book signing. Their big seller right now is autographed copies of Melissa Gilbert's My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours. Ask them about other titles. They also focus on local handcrafted items. Don't forget their doll clothes including the cutest American Girl style doll coat on the planet.Another large giftshop is at the Memorial Society in De Smet. Find two new books there this year De Smet Images of America is a collection of old photos of De Smet drawn from collections around the community. Many images are available only in this title. Check out an exciting, well researched publication Laura Ingalls Wilder and Education in Kingsbury County by Nancy Cleveland. Most exciting is the exclusive set of porcelain ornaments De Smet has been released one a year. This year the ornament is based on Little Town on the Prairie. Previous releases of By the Shores of Silver Lake and The Long Winter are still available. Read more about them. Independence is taking a bit of different tack this year and is keeping their gift shop open through a sister shop which is staffed all winter. The Red Buffalo is 11 - 5 open Monday thru Saturday for month of December, Phone: 620.725.4022 • E-Mail: email@example.com. Check out their Little House on the Prairie Museum label jams and fruit butters for a homemade touch. They also have a lovely site specific ornament. Check out new fabric licensed by Little House on the Prairie of Family Friendly Films for crafts and sewing projects. Walnut Grove MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Phone 1-800-528-7280 Last Day for Priority Mail – December 18, 2015 They've had trouble updating their website lately. If you don't see something on their website, call and check. De Smet SD Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Click on The Gift Shop Phone 1-800-880-3383 Last Day for Priority Mail – December 15, 2015 Ingalls Homestead Phone: 1-800-776-3594 Loftus Store Phone: 605-854-3773 (Ignore the toll free number on the site, it’s no long valid) Mansfield MO Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Phone 1-877-924-7126 (Toll free) Malone NY Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm firstname.lastname@example.org Malone said for their set up, online ordering has a quicker response during the off season. If you’d rather order by phone or have a question e-mail them and they’ll either e-mail a response or call you, so please include your phone number. They didn’t respond with a date this year, so it’s up to you. Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum (Store not online, but they are one of the glass ball ornament sites) email@example.com Recommends using e-mail to order for Christmas, but you may want to include your phone number in the e-mail so they can get back to you with questions quickly. Last Day for Priority – December 10, 2015 Burr Oak IA Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum Phone (563) 735-5916 The best way for people to shop during the winter is through the website gift shop and then pay through Paypal. They can email the museum with questions. They are no longer accepting checks for orders because of some bad check incidents. Pepin WI Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Off season ordering is only online, through e-mail. Contact them through their contact form. Last Day for Priority – Not giving a last day, it’s up to the customer. Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.