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Library to Host Exhibit on Laura Ingalls Wilder

Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy is excited to share with the community a traveling exhibit that is on loan from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum in Mansfield, Mo. The exhibit will be on display in the Library through the month of October.

Thanks to a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, a 16-page display at the museum has been duplicated so that it can be shared with school, libraries, and museums across the country. The traveling display shares photographs and information about Wilder, her famous “Little House” books, and American Westward expansion. Wilder wrote about her pioneer life, which became the Little House books, and through these books, the public can understand the lives of common people of Wilder’s generation, particularly during the time of westward expansion in America. The exhibit will take us on a journey from Pepin, Wis., her place of birth, to where she settled with her husband and daughter on Rocky Ridge Farm near Mansfield, Mo.

The traveling panel exhibit will be available for public enjoyment through the month of October during regular library hours: Monday through Thurs,day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is also invited to attend two related events at the library in celebration of the exhibit: a “Little House on the Prairie” movie matinee special showing of Christmas at Plum Creek on Monday, Oct. 8. at 2 p.m. (local schools are closed for Columbus Day); Harvest Fest & Mini Maker Fest on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will showcase Colonial Era “makers” and fiddle and dulcimer music.

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