Jumping in haystacks and making hand-cranked ice cream will be the norm next month at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, Wis. The re-created farmstead museum in the southeastern part of the state will salute "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder during July with daily activities that capture her simple 19th century childhood.
"The real things haven't changed," Ingalls Wilder, who was born 147 years ago, once wrote. "It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong."
Ingalls Wilder wrote about growing up in a log house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin in her series of books that especially resonated with children. "Little House on the Prairie" likely is the best-known because of the popular TV series from 1974 to 1983.
In Wisconsin, events take place at the museum's World of Little House and present a mix of chores and fun. Churning butter, carding wool and celebrating an old-fashioned Fourth of July are all part of the upcoming festivities. There's even a "Laura and friends" look-alike pageant in late July.