Photos of the De Smet Cemetery Tours & Pioneer Girl Event

We had a very exciting and busy month a the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet. During July we held nine cemetery tours at the Ingalls Family graves.


The tours were led by Nansie Cleaveland, she has been 
researching the Ingalls family for nearly 25 years.

We are so grateful to Nansie for volunteering her time and sharing her wealth of knowledge with so many interested visitors. This event couldn’t have happened with out Nansie! The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society is so thankful for her generosity.


The guided tour of the De Smet Cemetery included tales of Kingsbury
 County homesteaders and early business owners. IMG_3237

We also discussed the
 history of friends and neighbors of the Charles Ingalls Family and 
the true life stories of the Little House book characters who rest in 
this cemetery.

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Later in July, we hosted a two-day Pioneer Girl event.


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Pamela Smith Hill presented about her newly-released book Pioneer Girl and several book signings were held.

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Cover artist, Judy Thompson, was also at the special event. She presented and also was available for signings. Here she signs a full-color art print. IMG_3144

Art activities were also part of the event.IMG_3148

In addition two these special events, our regular Historic Homes tours also took place throughout the month. July is typically part of our busiest season with summer vacationers and the Pageant!

Our mission statement is included below:

“Bringing the Laura Ingalls Wilder legacy to life today 

while preserving it for the future.”

We brought Laura’s legacy to life this month for many, many visitors!


7 comments on “Photos of the De Smet Cemetery Tours & Pioneer Girl Event

  1. Teresa Lynn says:

    Loved the cemetery tour. Always a pleasure to visit the sites preserved by the LIW Memorial Society.

  2. Connie in Colorado says:

    What a wonderful day to “Discover Laura!” Not only were you involved with your special events but the LIWMS also provided tours and gift packages for bus and car loads of LauraPalooza conferees coming over from Brookings. Thank you for all the hard work y’all do behind the scenes throughout the year to help tourists and Laura-lovers learn about the real Little Town on the Prairie. My favorites? The 1880 school house slate boards with LH quotes! Thanks again!

  3. Shelley says:

    It would be nice to know more about the cemeteries, who are buried there, see pictures of the gravestones, know more about the friends and neighbours etc.

  4. Dorothy says:

    I would like to know about the wedding china that is on display. It had an ivory background and small rose buds through out. What is the name of the pattern and maker?

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