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Wilder Outdoor Theater Grants Awarded

The Wilder Outdoor Theater was awarded two grants to assist in the staging for its new summer production, Part Two of the Fragments of a Dream Trilogy, “CHASING THE DREAM” that follows the life of Laura Ingalls and her family during their time in Walnut Grove.  The production requires some added staging as it takes...

Backstage Minute

Welcome to the Wilder Outdoor Theater. Watch this video for information about the new show for 2023, how to tryout to be a part of the performance, and how to purchase tickets and/or make a donation to help us make our place more your space!

Laura’s Birthday 2023

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867. In celebration of her birthday, we will celebrate Caroline Ingalls, Laura’s mother, with some of the actresses who played Caroline Ingalls in the Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant over the past 45 years.Please join us on February 5th, 2023 from 3:00-4:00pm, live on Facebook as...

Ensign Family/Prairie Fires

Below is a newspaper article from the Library of Congress Historical Newspapers in the Redwood Gazette, from a column titled "Walnut Station Items".Fires were something farmers worried about quite often. In this article it is reported the Mr. John Ensign lost pretty much everything. John Ensign and family have been characters in some of the...

Laura’s Travels

Inside Back Cover in the 1993 Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Program.This page is actually found in many years of the programs.This is a map of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her families travels until she settled in Mansfield Missouri.After much research I have found that many of the pioneer families traveled great distances to...

Little House on the Prairie TV Show

On September 11th, 1974 NBC first airs the Little House on the Prairie TV Series. This series was aired after an overwhelming response to the 2 hour pilot movie that aired that previous spring. Little House on the Prairie aired for 10 years. #LHOTP #WildersLegacy #WalnutGroveMN

Wilder Family

James Mason Wilder married Angelina Albina Day on August 6th, 1843. They would go on to have six children: Laura, Royal, Eliza Jane, Almanzo, Alice, and Perley Day. The Wilder Family is the focus of Larua’s Book Farmer Boy. #LIWMusuemWG #WilderFamilyHistory #LHOTP #FarmerBoy

Laura and Almanzo

On August 25th, 1885 Almanzo Wilder married Laura Ingalls in DeSmet, SD. The wedding is described in the book "These Happy Golden Years". #IngallsFamilyHistory #WilderFamilyHistory #LIWMuseumWG