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The Legacy of “Little House on the Prairie” Continues

by Linda Pliagas

It was a sad day in our home when the “Little House on the Prairie” series stopped airing on television. Like most Americans, the life of the Laura Ingalls Wilder kept our family enthralled and entertained for more than a decade. The life and times of our forefathers united our family in front of the television set on a weekly basis and gave me sweet memories to look back upon.

What a surprise and a treat it was for me to discover that the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder still continues!

The life of Laura Ingalls, who evolved from a simple pioneer girl into a mesmerizing writer and journalist, can be directly explored when one visits the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum located in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. The museum is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the history of the Ingalls family and the community of everyone’s favorite little town, Walnut Grove.

Some of the highlights of the museum include: An original 1898 depot, a chapel, an onion-domed house, a dugout display, a little red schoolhouse, an early settler home and a covered wagon.

A visit to the museum is like stepping back in time, some of the exhibits include:

● A quilt, hand-made by Laura and her daughter, Rose
● A bible from the church the Ingalls attended
● Scale models of the Ingalls T.V. series homes
● Historic documents - letters, photos, articles

For those who cannot visit the quaint town of Walnut Grove in person, The Laura Ingalls Museum has an online gift store that can be accessed at any time from anywhere. Inside their online store, devoted fans can purchase books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, as well as titles from other authors who have written about her life and times. In addition to books, online shoppers can purchase pioneer clothing, such as bonnets, aprons and period dresses. Beautiful, old-fashioned pioneer dolls, ranging in price from $17.50 to $75.00 are also available.

Those who miss viewing “Little House on the Prairie” can find the entire series on DVD, as well as a varied collection of pioneer CDs and books.

One of my favorite items available on the online museum store are the cookbooks, which feature over 100 classic pioneer recipes! “The Little House Cookbook” has delicious recipes, such as pancake men and vanity cakes, which have been adapted for today’s modern kitchen.

The Laura Ingalls website is your entry gate to a simpler time and place. What a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! Be sure to devote some time with your homeschooler and visit the Walnut Grove website today.
For more information, visit http://walnutgrove.org

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