Genesee Country Museum

Young fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder experiment with wooden washboards at Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Days. Photo by Ruby Foote.


Hosts Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, August 6-7

Mumford, July 21 2016—Join Genesee Country Village & Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, as the museum celebrates the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder with a return visit from celebrity guest actress Karen Grassle and two days packed with fun activities drawn from the life of the Ingalls family.

Historian William Anderson, author of the newly published The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilderwill also be on site for autographs and a talk about his research.

The Little House books, written in the late 1800s, chronicled Laura Ingalls’ life with her family in the Midwest. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days celebrate rural life in the 19th century as seen through Laura’s eyes.

Grassley is best known for her role as Caroline “Ma” Ingalls on the NBC television drama Little House on the Prairie, which ran from 1974 to 1983. She will talk about her role on the series during a noon presentation, answer questions and sign autographs.

The 2 pm autograph session, which will include the opportunity to take a photograph with Grassle as well as have her sign a book or other momento, will cost an additional $20. Tickets for the autograph session are required.

Anderson, whose latest work presents a “fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words,” has written or edited some two dozen books on Laura and her family.

Among the days’ events will be activities that bring Laura’s world to life, including handkerchief doll-making, churning butter, pounding corn plus myriad 19th-century activities, games and contests from barrel racing and sack races to a pig bladder toss and more.

Young visitors are also invited to dress in their favorite prairie costumes for a fashion promenade.

Museum hours are 10 am-4 pm.  Admission is adults $20; youth (4-16) $12, seniors 62+ & students with ID $17, children under 3 admitted free. For further information, visit or call (585) 294-8218.


GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its  John L. Wehle Gallery, working brewery, vintage base ball and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.


story by Judy Markham

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