The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, Wisconsin, celebrates and preserves Laura's legacy here in the place of her birth.
The Museum is open 10 AM - 5 PM daily from May 15th through Oct 15th, then closed for the winter months.
Silas, our wagon driver at the Laura museum and his older brother the Station Master at the Pepin Depot Museum.
Beach Weather is On-The-Way...YAY!
New "Welcome to Pepin" signs
You may have noticed the new “Welcome to Pepin” signs at both ends of the Village. This was a PEPIN AREA COMMUNITY CLUB Project and was paid for with Room Tax dollars. Room Tax is collected by...
WE ARE OPEN! 10 AM - 5 PM THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY OCTOBER 28.
AFTER OCTOBER 28 WE'LL BE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.
OPEN AGAIN MAY 2019.
WATCH THIS SITE AND FACEBOOK FOR EXACT DATES.
It has been brought to my attention (thanks Mary Pat) that the Laura Days festival in Pepin, Wisconsin for 2019
coincides with the Wilder Day in Mansfield, Missouri in 2019. I've updated the poster to clarify our location. To download a high resolution copy for printing, click this link: https://goo.gl/J3AiTV
The Pepin Depot Museum Reopens To Rave Reviews
After four years, the Pepin Depot Museum reopened last weekend to an amazing crowd of visitors. There will be more news as we add railroad, Steam boat and other artifacts of the era. A number of...
See the history of steam power in the Pepin area. This is Pepin's original railroad depot built in 1887 presented by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society. www.lauraingallspepin.com/depot
For event schedules, forms and all things Laura Days visit www.LauraDays.org
The Pepin Depot Museum is open today!
Blacksmiths Tom Latane, Gary Myers and Pete Stanaitis will set up blacksmithing demonstrations in the Traditional Crafts Demonstration area. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin will be on Sept. 8 & 9. There are many activities in the Village of Pepin, at the Little House Wayside, and in the Pepin area, during the two-day event. https://www.lauradays.org/ In the Traditional Crafts Area you can see demonstrations of many hand crafts and activities that Laura Ingalls Wilder would have seen.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin will be on Sept. 8 & 9. There are many activities in the Village of Pepin, at the Little House Wayside, and in the Pepin area, during the two-day event. https://www.lauradays.org/ In the Traditional Crafts Area you can see demonstrations of many hand crafts and activities that Laura Ingalls Wilder would have seen. Here is Sheri Stanaitis, spinning wool, and maybe some angora bunny fiber, into yarn.
Renée Graef Illustration
I love this summer scene with the Ingalls family and the wonderful Mr. Edwards. #littlehouseontheprairie
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin has proudly displayed a circular sock knitting machine for over 25 years. This Saturday (Tomorrow 8/18/2018), from 1-3 pm visitors to the museum can see a similar machine in action! Kitty Latané of Pepin will show how she knits socks, (including turned heels!) on her antique Gearhart sock machine. History buffs and Laura fans won't want to miss this!
Minnesota State Fiddlers Association
The "Old Tyme Fiddle Contest" at Laura Days will be on Saturday, September 8th from 3 -6:00 p.m. (registration starts at 1:00) at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park on Hwy 35 in Pepin, Wisconsin. Once again, everyone who participates will get a certificate for a chicken dinner (prepared on the grounds), so plan on coming to the contest with an appetite. This year, we’ve expanded to four age categories, adding one for those over 30.
We’ll also have the superbly talented Bob Bovee (see more at his website http://www.boveeheil.com/) providing back up guitar for fiddlers and entertaining the crowd. You won’t want to miss a chance to play on stage with Bob!
After the contest, we’ll have an Old Time Jam from 6:30 - 9 p.m. around the campfire in the Traditional Crafts Area lead by Bob Bovee for anyone who would like to join in.
Registration is free and available online.
Pepin Public Library
Plan to attend a historical program, “Everything Laura Ingalls Left Out of Her Novels” presented by Shelley Tougas at the library on Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm. Shelley is the author of the book "Laura Ingalls is ruining my life" and during her research she discovered many stories Laura didn't include in her Little House series of books. This free event is open to everyone in the community.
9 A.M. July 4th saw the first raising of the new flag on the breakwater in Pepin. A great turn-out and the 'Cubbies' were terrific! Many more pics and a story of how this project came to be. Coming soon. Stay tuned.
June 26, 2018
The Little House books are written as Laura remembered those times in her life. From her perspective, Laura’s stories were written about the people and cultures her family encountered, and those cultures were often different from those with which Laura was familiar as a child. Her comments about those encounters were based on attitudes that were typical of those times, however, that doesn’t mean that those attitudes were correct, they were simply based on what Laura and her family knew according to their experiences.
Scrutinized in today’s context, Laura’s comments make folks uncomfortable. But if we look to the world Laura came from, we will recognize her fears and the struggles her family went through, and we can use that as an opportunity to remind people, children especially, of the historical context from which she formed her attitudes and wrote her books. As adults, we must be capable of acknowledging the sensitive nature of a few comments contained in the books while recognizing the historical context of Laura’s words.
In the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, we have visitors from all over the country and all around the world who come to buy Laura’s books and learn about her life. Almost all of our museum guests wish to visit Laura’s birth site 7 miles northwest of Pepin, to perhaps walk in her footsteps in what was once the “Big Woods.” The Little House books have stood the test of time and will continue to do so because people of all ages long to absorb Laura’s words about the simple values lived by the Ingalls family.
When the ALSC decided to remove Laura’s name from the literature legacy award, they announced that the author’s legacy “may no longer be consistent with the intention of the award named for her.” However, here at Pepin’s Laura Museum, Laura’s legacy appears to be alive and well.
Sue Fedie, Manager Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Renée Graef Illustration
"As you read my stories from long ago, I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and will give you happiness are the same now as they were then...It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good." --Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Renée Graef Illustration
170 years ago on May 29th, Wisconsin became a state. Happy Birthday, Wisconsin! #badgerstate #wisconsin
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, Wisconsin opens today for the 2018 season. Hours, days and directions can be found on our website. Click below. Be sure and visit our completely redesigned gift shop featuring HUNDREDS of new and unique gift selections. It's going to be a great year as our museum continues working to keep Laura's legacy alive for the next generation. Can't wait to see our wonderful visitors.
The world-wide Laura legacy continues to grow and remember, "Her story Began here" in Pepin, Wisconsin.
Recent temps similar to winter described by Laura Ingalls Wilder...
NORTH DAKOTA—Despite Tuesday's warmer temperatures, the last nine days have been some of the coldest in North Dakota's history, for this time of year.We are looking to set records for some of the coldest early April temperatures.In fact, all the way back in 1881 during Laura Ingalls Wilder's time ...
James J. Hill House
Many would agree that this winter has overstayed its welcome. However, this year's weather is nothing compared to the "Snow Winter" of 1880-1881. Immortalized in Laura Ingalls Wilder's novel 'The Long Winter,' that season kicked off with a record-setting blizzard in October 1880, followed by several more months of consistent snowfall, and major snowstorms in January, March, and April of 1881. By spring, the snow averaged 11 feet deep across much of Minnesota. Many railroad lines were shut down for months, and some communities remained entirely isolated until the snows finally started to melt in May of 1881. Nicknamed the "Snow Winter," the 1880-1881 season remains the snowiest and longest-lasting Midwestern winter ever recorded.
The 1880s, as a decade, are the snowiest on record across the Upper Midwest. Though no other year topped the total accumulation of 1880-81, the years 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888, and 1889 were also marked by a string of catastrophic blizzards. Modern meteorologists believe that the continued fallout from the 1883 eruption of Mount Krakatoa in Indonesia is partially responsible for this period of severe winters.
Incidentally, these were the same years that the bulk of James J. Hill's Great Northern Railway was being built. Despite frequent delays due to the snowfall, Hill's crews nonetheless managed to set track-laying records and meet deadlines. For the workers, this meant a great deal of labor spent clearing snow, and sometimes even laying tracks in near-whiteout conditions.
Welcome to the blizzard of 2018, but don't forget...
Lifeguards Wanted For The Beach At Pepin!
The Official Website Of The Pepin Area Community Club To join or support PACC Click Here
A great video from one of the tens-of-thousands of wonderful families who visit Pepin, Wisconsin each year.
Plenty of Laura's birthday cake at the Laura Museum in Pepin. FREE ADMISSION TODAY!
This is Wilder. He and mom came all the way from Madison, Wisconsin to celebrate Laura's Birthday.
Happy birthday Laura!
Here today at the Wayside cabin! Come for some gingerbread and cider.
We're busy getting ready for tomorrow's birthday party at the Little House Wayside, noon to four. The forecast calls for brisk but sunny weather. Put on your warm clothes and come see us! Here's a picture from a previous year, to get you in the mood.
Big Party in Pepin tomorrow! Click below for details.
Join us on Saturday, February 10, for a party at the Little House Wayside and in Pepin, celebrating the 151st anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018, noon - 4pm Locations: The Little House Wayside, County Road CC, about 7 miles from the village of Pepin, (Click below for map to the cabin) and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in downtown Pepin.
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For visitors to our area whose paths take them through the Pepin County seat in Durand, Wisconsin: This recently-restored 1885 lithograph is well worth a visit. Now part of a banquet hall, this full-color, 55-foot long panoramic print was originally applied to what was then an exterior wall. Advertising a traveling circus, the lithograph features acrobats, plunging horses, and detailed renderings of sea creatures.
An artifact from 1885 had been uncovered during the special events room expansion at the Corral Bar and Riverside Grill. A 9-foot high by 55-feet long multi-sheet full color paper lithograph circus poster advertising the Great Anglo-American Circus exhibiting in Durand on Monday, August 17, 1885 is now on display. This is believed to be the only surviving billboard for the Great Anglo-American Circus and Menagerie! A MUST SEE if you enjoy circus nostalgia, history or viewing one of a kind artifacts.
In honor of Miles Orton (owner & manager of the circus), the special events room has been named the “Orton Room”. The Orton Room is available for special events such as anniversary parties, birthdays, class reunions, retirement parties and meetings which will seat 80 -100 people. The room is also equipped with a projector with large screen, 2 large screen televisions, Apple TV and Chrome Cast.
Please call ahead to ensure viewing availability or to schedule an event at 715-672-8874 and ask for Lori, Sharon or Ron. The room will not be available to view when occupied or being prepared for private parties.
This coming Saturday. Click below for more details!
Join us on Saturday, February 10, for a party at the Little House Wayside and in Pepin, celebrating the 151st anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018,...
Renée Graef Illustration
My favorite quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder! The illustration is from "Summertime in the Big Woods". #littlehousebooks
Happy Birthday, Laura!
Join us on Saturday, February 10, for a party at the Little House Wayside and in Pepin, celebrating the 151st anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018, noon - 4pm
Locations: The Little House Wayside, County Road CC, about 7 miles from the village of Pepin, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in downtown Pepin.
The museum and gift shop in Pepin will be open, with birthday cake. The party at the wayside, hosted by Kitty Latane and Andrea Myklebust, will feature pioneer activities and old-fashioned refreshments, and a reading of Little House in the Big Woods.
Watch this page for weather-related information if necessary. Hope to see you there!
No surprise about the selection for Wisconsin.
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Renée Graef Illustration
Stay warm this weekend! From one of the "My First Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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