What to know if you go

  • May 6, 2009 - 8:49 AM

Here are resources to inspire and guide an exploration of Laura Ingalls Wilder sites:

A good place to begin, with information on festivals and much more, is

Beyond the standard "The Little House" books (available individually or as a set), there is "The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods From Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories," by Barbara M. Walker and Garth Williams ($9.99) and "The Little House Guidebook," by William Anderson ($9.99).

You can also get "The Little House" audiobooks, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, performed by Broadway actress Cherry Jones on cassette and CD. ($14.95-$25.95). Listen to them in the car as you drive from site to site. Jones is a lovely reader, with a wonderful singing voice. More inspiration can be had with the CD "Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder" ($15.98) and "The Little House on the Prairie," a fantastic feature film, not the television series ( $21.99).

These websites, from towns with ties to Wilder, are useful:

Pepin, Wis.:,

Independence, Kan.:

Burr Oak, Iowa:

Walnut Grove:

De Smet:,

Mansfield, Mo.:

The Ordway in downtown St. Paul will stage a "Little House on the Prairie" musical Oct. 13-25. For information, go to

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