A slew of new projects are developing at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society as we begin the new year, from expanding our educational programs to providing new displays in our exhibit room.
Last year, a generous donor saw our need for animal pelts and helped purchase 25 of them to use as a hands-on activity called, “Hunting with Pa.” Every year, we have an average of 30 classes vist the Society.
Director’s note: “2016 has only just begun and the Society already has many projects planned for the coming year. At the moment, I am creating new signs to display in the Brewster’s school to better inform visitors about one-room schoolhouses in the mid-1800s. In addition, I plan to expand our exhibit room by displaying more original Ingalls-Wilder artifacts and including more information on De Smet, SD and traveling westward.”
The Society has identified specific museum needs and has developed a wish list, as shown below. These are items we need to expand our exhibits and educational programs so we may better serve the needs of our visitors.
Wish List Items:
Education Program Needs:
- Classroom presentation supplies $250
- Braille Slates $300
Ingalls Home Needs:
- One outdoor security light $1,500
- Exhibit signage and display cases $5,000
In 2016, our goal is to display more artifacts in our exhibit room. Two years ago, we were able to purchase numerous Garth Williams illustrations and our next step is displaying them for our visitors to enjoy.
- House demolition to expand our park area $2,000
- A new computer scanner and printer $1,000
- Acid free archival supplies $150 or less
Visitor Center Needs:
- Landscape – Trim trees and spread bark $1,200
- Leaf blower $150
- Electric hedge trimmer $150
We hope you will help us preserve Laura’s historic homes and share our history by donating to our wish list.
As always, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society is grateful for your generosity and we accept support at all levels. Remember: all donations are tax deductible!
For questions or to make a donation:
Call us at 1-800-880-3383
Mission Statement: “Bringing the Laura Ingalls Wilder legacy to life today while preserving it for the future.”