Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Showcase

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Days

Saturday July 30th, 2011

Time: 10:00am-4:30pm

Cost: $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (over 62) and $7 for children 5-17(children 4 and under free).

FREE with Park Membership.

For Laura Ingalls Wilder, the tall trees of Pepin, Wisconsin were her first memories and were recorded within the pages of the Little House series of books. The popularity of the books also prompted a television series, “Little House on the Prairie”.

From July 30-31, 2011 Heritage Hill State Historical Park Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House books will come to life. Activities include making bullets, historic dancing, rug braiding, log cabin building, grinding coffee, doing laundry, fiddle music, spelling bee, rag doll making, twisting hay sticks, rope making and historic cooking.

Special appearances will be made this year by Charlotte Stewart, the actress who portrayed the school teacher Miss Beadle. Returning this year is special guest, William Anderson, Laura Ingalls Wilder biographer, author and historian.

Event Program

Timed Events:

10:15-11:00 and 11:15-12:00 in the Moravian church

Presentation by William Anderson and Charlotte Stewart. The presentation will include a Reader’s Theatre, Spelling Bee and stories from “Little House on the Prairie” episodes by Charlotte Stewart, followed by a Question and Answer session.

12:00-12:30 Fashion Promenade/Costume Contest at Gazebo.

Participate or take in all the excitement as our fiddler leads the promenade of costumed guests for the contest.

12:30-1:00 County Fair near Gazebo

Participate in three legged race, tug-o-war and egg and spoon race.

1:00-3:00 Historic Dancing in lower level of Education Center

"Then Pa took his fiddle out of its box and began to play, and all the couples stood in squares on the floor and began to dance when Pa called out the figures. Grand right and left! Pa called out, and all the skirts began to swirl and all the boots began to stamp." Little House in the Big Woods p144-145.

1:00-3:00 Autograph Session in the Library

William Anderson and Charlotte Stewart Autograph guidelines: *There is no limit to the number of items to autograph.
*No carry-items for autographing.
*William Anderson will sign his published works.
*Charlotte Stewart will sign her photographs and “Beadle” bags.
*All items to be autographed are available for purchase in the Heritage Hill Gift Shop and General Store. Charlotte Stewart’s, Beadle Bags are $47.50, pictures are $7. William Anderson’s books range in price from $6.99-$30. All taxes are included, so these are the final prices. *For more information about William Anderson visit

*For more information about Charlotte Stewart and Beadle Bags visit To learn more about Charlotte Stewart click here.

Concessions Served in Tank Barn

Pizza Pepperoni/Cheese $2.50/slice

Hot Dogs $1.50

Nachos $2.50

Ice Cream $1.00

Popcorn $1.00

Soda (Pepsi products) $1.00

Bottled Water $1.50

Hog Wash Punch $1.25

Candy $1.00

Chips $1.00


Visitors may park in our main parking lot at 2640 South Webster Avenue. If you arrive and the the parking lot is full, please follow the Shuttle Bus signs to the Cerebal Palsy Center 2801 S Webster Ave. Here you can catch a FREE Shuttle Bus ride to Heritage Hill. Plan in advance and arrive early to plan time to take the Shuttle Bus.


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