4/23/2012

Celebrate spring at Little House on the Prairie Museum

Little House on the Prairie Museum News Release

Cointact: Michelle M. Martin (Director/Historian)
(620) 289-4238 or (800) 822-3602 days/(620) 249-7749 evenings

Little House on the Prairie Museum’s Spring Celebration Set For April 28th

Little House on the Prairie Museum opened its doors to the public on April 1st for the 2012 season. With a full schedule of events for the summer, the site has made numerous changes that visitors are sure to enjoy!

New to the site this year is an exhibit area dedicated to the life and work of Dr. George A. Tann, famous for treating the Ingalls family for ague and fever while living in their cabin south of Independence. “Dr. Tann was such an important individual to the local pioneer community,” said new site director Michelle M. Martin. “He was invaluable to pioneer families like the Ingalls and made life on the prairie better for all.” The exhibit is a permanent addition to the historic structures at the site. Visitors will also notice that the historic farmhouse, that serves as the site’s gift shop and office, is undergoing restoration work. “Our farmhouse needed some tender loving care and this spring it is looking better than ever,” said Martin. With new items in the gift shop and a wonderful clean, fresh look Martin hopes that visitors will enjoy their time there.

Many family activities are planned for the annual Spring Celebration at Little House on the Prairie Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Visitors can stroll the prairie, bring picnic lunches and enjoy the afternoon and take in living history demonstrations at the site.

There will be living history reenactors on hand in the schoolhouse, post office, cabin and the grounds at Little House on the Prairie Museum, which is an official Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite located 12 miles south of Independence off Hwy. 75.

“We always plan this celebration for late April to allow spring weather time to warm up and provide our visitors with the best experience possible,” said Martin. “Our reenactors come from all over Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma to help us show what life was like in the 1870s when the Ingalls family lived on the prairie.”

Along with Martin portraying Caroline Ingalls in the cabin, also on hand as “Mister Edwards” will be Paul Marshall, Peru; the Wayside Postmaster portrayed by Barry Linduff, Quawpaw, OK; and as the school mistress Kay Little of Bartlesville, OK.

The attraction also includes a one-room schoolhouse, the actual well hand-dug by Charles Ingalls, and other features of 19th century prairie life. The Ingalls family, immortalized by daughter Laura in her famed children’s books, lived on the property from 1869-1871.

The non-profit Little House on the Prairie Museum is dedicated to preserving the homestead location of the Ingalls family. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $3 for adults, $1 for children. Regular hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. For more information call (620) 289-4238 or visit www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com or follow the site on Facebook and Twitter (@lhotpmuseum).

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For images please contact Michelle M. Martin at lhopmuseumks@gmail.com

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