Area school children will not have to wait to take a field trip to the Wilder Home in Mansfield, Missouri to learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder. A 16-panel display that was originally exhibited at the Library Center of the Springfield-Greene County Library system will be on display May 19th and 20th at the Hofgarten near our inn in Hermann, MO. The exhibit was procured by Hermann Farm and Museum and will be part of the festivities during Maifest weekend. The exhibit will be in the Hofgarten May 19th and 20th. Children attending are encouraged to wear Little House period clothing on Maifest weekend.
In March of 2005 the Springfield-Greene County Library System, in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council , the Friends of the Library and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, developed this 16-panel display focusing on the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The freestanding exhibit, entitled “Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Journey of a Pioneer Family,” was researched by Lori Stoudt, a local history associate at the Library Center, and the graphic and layout work was done by Community Relations Graphic Artist Danny Dye. Stoudt has a background in museum exhibits, having worked as a park ranger at the Independence Historic Park in Philadelphia, and has also served as the administrator of the Chadds Ford Historical Society in Pennsylvania. Hermann Farm and Museum is proud to bring this exhibit to Hermann, Missouri for Maifest 2012. The traveling display contains photographs and information relating to Mrs. Wilder and her famous “Little House” books and America’s westward expansion. For more information call Joan Treis at 573-486-FARM. If you will be in the area during Maifest weekend, we hope you have the opportunity to experience this wonderful event near our Hermann, MO inn!