In Marshfield, MO; each April, a group of children’s authors gather for the Cherry Blossom Festival. We felt it was time to officially name a children’s literature festival for one of the Ozark’s most famous authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Area librarians and representatives from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, MO, together with a Cherry Blossom Festival spokesman, formed a committee to make this Literature Festival a reality. In 2018, 2,600 school children visited the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum on field trips this past spring and fall. It is our mission that these area children be given an opportunity to meet some of their favorite authors.
This year the Literature Festival will take place on April 25th and 26th, 2019. This is a dual-location event! First travel to Marshfield, MO where the authors will be waiting for you to visit with them and a speaking schedule will be in place. Next, travel to Mansfield, MO where only a $3.00 admission fee for children and $4.00 for teachers will be paid in the main lobby. Parents will be offered a discounted $7.00 ticket.
Each child receives a brochure designed with kids in mind for the Historic Home and a brochure designed as a try-and-find for the Museum exhibits. Tours of the Historic Home will be open-house style and free-flowing both days of the Literature Festival. Experience a morning at the Historic Wilder Home in Mansfield, MO and an afternoon with the authors in Marshfield, MO; or change it up and visit the authors in the morning and the museum in the afternoon. Whatever works best for your travel schedule!
This year the authors will be located at the Marshfield Church of the Nazarene, 226 Church Street, Marshfield, MO. “Like” us on Facebook and click the sign-up button. Download the Registration Form here LIWCLF 2 Page Registration Form
The 61st Season of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Association is coming to a close with Thursday, November 15th, being our last day open for 2018. This year, we have had over 30,000 people visit us from near and far, and over 90 groups who booked tours.
The Historic Farmhouse will be open one last time this year for our free Open House “Christmas at Laura’s” on December 1st. Check the Calendar of Events for more information.
Mail Orders from our website are available year-round. Order by December 20th to make sure your gifts are available for the Holidays. If you are local, our Bookstore will be open from 10 am-2 pm, Monday through Friday, until December 14th.
We look forward to seeing you during our 62nd season, beginning March 1st, 2019!
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Come Saturday, September 15th for our annual celebration commemorating Laura Ingalls Wilder, America’s favorite pioneer girl, and her cherished Little House books. We will be having our 4th Annual Fiddle Contest on Wilder Day. It will be a great day to enjoy fiddle music on the property as well as to hear Pa’s Fiddle played. Go to Calendar of Events for details.
Wilder Days is an annual event that is held by the community of Mansfield, Missouri, to remember and recognize one of their favorite and very famous residents, the late Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura enjoyed living and working on their farm in the Mansfield community and spent many hours writing her childhood experiences of pioneer life in this country which became the favorite Little House books that children love today in many countries besides our own.
Venders and volunteers from the community gather to show midwestern hospitality to visitors during the celebration…hospitality that is common here all through the year.
Our 150th Birthday Celebration for Laura Ingalls Wilder was a wonderful success. We would like to thank each and everyone who came, who gave, who helped and even those who dreamed from afar.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association’s most important purpose is to care for Rocky Ridge Farm and all of the Wilder’s treasures. We wish to continue Mrs. Wilder’s legacy and her contribution to children’s literature through out future generations.
We thank you for commemorating Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday with us as we sought to raise money for the Historic Farmhouse roof. It is our pleasure to tell you that the funds have been raised and that the new roof is now ready for winter. Again, we thank you for joining with us as we take care of these important resources given to us.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum is self-supporting and not-for-profit and relies entirely on admissions, membership contributions and sales from the Rocky Ridge Bookstore. Non-members can also do their part to help preserve and restore Laura’s Rocky Ridge Farm by making a donation of their choice through our on-line store. Learn more.
Host Jim Baker with guests Jean Coday and Daniel Hancock explore Laura Ingalls Wilder’s remarkable life, and the future of the Mansfield homestead and museum. Watch this video.