A birthday party is being held for Carrie Ingalls and you are all invited!
When: Sunday, August 3, from noon to 4 pm
Where: Keystone Historic Museum in Keystone, South Dakota
Guests are encouraged to dress in the period of the 1890s (when Keystone was first established as a town). A contest will be held, with prizes of $25 given for the best children's costume and the best adult costume.
There will be children's activities, as well as a watermelon contest.
And of course, no birthday party is complete without the cake! Cake with punch or coffee will be served to all guests.
If you live in or will be visiting the Black Hills area this weekend, don't miss the opportunity to take part in Carrie's birthday party!
Carrie was born August 3, 1870, in Kansas. She spent the later years of her life in Keystone, with her husband David Swanzey and stepchildren Mary and Harold. The Keystone Area Historical Society has their museum in the old Keystone Schoolhouse. "Little House" fans will enjoy the Carrie Ingalls display there, which includes many of Carrie's personal possessions, the gravestone of Ma's brother, Henry Quiner, who also lived in the area, and a china figure owned by Carrie which some say may be Ma's china shepherdess.
More information about Carrie's life can be found at Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frontier Girl. Please visit the website for the Keystone Area Historical Society for more information about what they have to offer.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, New York, (near Rochester) is hosting Laura Ingalls Wilder Day on August 9, 2008.
On a typical day, this museum is a great place for any "Little House" fan to visit, as it is a large living history village, complete with many 19th century homes and businesses. But on August 9, special focus will be placed on Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie Oleson on the "Little House on the Prairie" television series, will be present for the event. Unlike her character, Alison is an incredibly nice person, not to mention lots of fun!
Lonna McKeon Pierce, a professional storyteller and Laura impersonator, will be presenting her program, "A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder."
Children are encouraged to dress pioneer style (boys too!), as there will be both a Laura look-alike contest and a pioneer fashion pageant. Pioneer activities will be available throughout the day -- learn to do laundry, churn butter, knead bread, make a corn-husk doll, and use a cross-cut saw. But it's not all about the work -- there's plenty of time for play too! Join in the sack race, the three-legged race, listen to stories, go for a wagon ride, or join in a game of baseball! There's something to interest everyone! Many other demonstrations will be given throughout the day, as well.
Genesee Country Village and Museum
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The big news in the "Little House" world these days is the new Prairie musical, which premiered today at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
Melissa Gilbert stars as Ma, Steve Blanchard as Pa, and Kara Lindsay as Laura in the new production. Performances will continue from now through October 19, and tickets can be purchased at http://www.guthrietheater.org/prairie If you haven't gotten your tickets already, act quickly. Many performances are already sold out!
I will be attending the musical next month and will post a full review at that time. Stay tuned!
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