A virtual tour of “The Little Town on the Prairie”

Little Town on the Prairie Virtual Tour

Visitors in De Smet, can walk down main street reading a series of posters located in the window of each relevant building. The posters show an old-time photo and share Laura’s connection to the community or building. This free, self-guided poster tour was created by The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society (that’s us!).

In the past, these posters were printed on paper and by the end of the summer they were becoming faded. Each year, they were replaced. However, in 2014, we are excited to be printing all of the posters onto permanent metal signs. This will add to the quality of the self-guided tour.

We decided to create a blog series featuring the stories on the newly-updated posters. Think of it as a virtual walking tour of “The Little Town on the Prairie.”

Throughout 2014, we will share photos and reveal Laura’s historic connection to each building and De Smet. We hope you enjoy this blog series, and we also hope that you’ll come walk the streets of De Smet for yourself. We can’t wait to see you!

A real tour of Laura’s Historic Homes

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The Brewster School, part of the guided tour at Laura’s Historic Homes

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society is dedicated to preserving Laura’s Legacy. This includes projects such as the self-guided tour of the community. However, our main tour is of Laura’s historic homes in De Smet. This guided tour shares about Laura’s life & showcases many of the artifacts of the Ingalls family. For more information on our guided tour of Laura’s Historic Homes, visit our main website.

Thank you for your support! 

We have been pleasantly surprised with the positive response to beginning this blog! Your support has been awesome.  It is great to know there are so many people passionate about preserving Laura’s legacy. We appreciate your continued support. Be sure to stay in contact:



8 comments on “A virtual tour of “The Little Town on the Prairie”

  1. Melanie S. says:

    I’m glad to hear there will soon be permanent signs identifying the various town buildings’ relationships to Laura and her stories! This is a very good idea, and will be a very professional-looking addition to the current walking tour. DeSmet is clearly so proud of their Ingalls and Wilder connections. Will any other sites in town be added to the walking tour?

  2. pmaghamfar says:

    As a blogger myself, I am so glad to have discovered this blog. We visited the sites in De Smet and now it’s nice to read about updates. I’ve been interested in Laura’s life for years so I look forward to reading this blog.

  3. linda says:

    We visited De Smet in Fall, 2012…it was one of the stops on our trip across South Dakota that I was most excited about. Sadly, we were there on a Snday when everything was closed, but I tool many pictures. Its wonderful to now be able to read about all the places here. Thanks!

  4. Kathy Kramer says:

    I’m glad to see the sites evolving and adding new things. It gives me a reason to come up to DeSmet every year and see something new. 🙂 (I live in Sioux Falls.)

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  6. Annette says:

    I will be visiting with my family and 13 year old daughter in July and can not wait. If there is a good map of the area that I can download or something that would be great. Super excited to see it!!

  7. sandra taulbee says:

    i was so glad i visited desmet i now live in phoenix az. and glad i can revisit any time thru this website keep up the awesome history of laura and her family !!!!!

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