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Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
A Local Legacy

Have you read any of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder or seen the TV show "Little House on the Prairie"?

Laura Ingalls Wilder, well-known author of the Little House series of books, was born in the big woods of Wisconsin. When she was 7, she and her family traveled by covered wagon and moved to the prairie land of Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Her family was one of the pioneer families who settled there, following the Homestead Act of 1862, which encouraged Americans to travel west and settle.

Today, the people of Walnut Grove celebrate Wilder's books every July with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant. The Pageant is a family-oriented outdoor drama with all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie book characters. An actress playing a 70-year-old Laura narrates the story, reflecting on her life in Walnut Grove during the 1870s. If you've never read any of the Little House books, you should, because you can learn a lot about life in America during the 1870s.

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