Fans of the “Little House on the Prairie” books may be surprised to learn there’s an Iowa tie. The author lived in the northeast Iowa town of Burr Oak when she was a girl and the town’s remembering her this weekend.
Merlene Brown is director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. As part of Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, there will be pioneer games, pioneer cooking demonstrations, quilting demos and a local actors group is holding a cemetery walk. There’s a parade through Burr Oak at noon and other events like a home-baked pie auction.
Brown explains the link between her Winneshiek County town and the famed writer. “Laura and her family lived in Burr Oak when she was nine and ten years old and our museum is the childhood home and it also served as the hotel for the Burr Oak area,” she says. “We have the original building and the original site of one of Laura’s childhood homes.” For more information about the museum or the festival, surf to “www.lauraingallswilder.us” or call (563) 753-5916.
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