Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
About Us :
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society was founded shortly after Laura Ingalls Wilder's death in 1957. This non-profit organization is dedicated to it's mission.
"The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Ingalls-Wilder heritages in De Smet, South Dakota and to educate and enhance the experience of learning to all interested people."
This was an experience that my entire family enjoyed, it was part of our mini Laura Ingalls Wilder tour. The tour begins with some recreation structures and moves to the house that "Ma" and "Pa" Ingalls lived out their days. I recommend paying for the tour it allows you to get access to the recreation building and the Ingalls house. I should mention you do not get access to the Ingalls house or the recreation structures without the tour.
It gave a good feeling for the conditions and technology in residences in the early 20th century.
I grew up adoring LHOTP books and The TV show. Our tour guide was knowledgeable but threatened to stop the tour because our children had lost interest in her lengthy lectures. The tour felt uncomfortable and controlled by the tour guide. We should have saved over $40 and did a walking tour on our own.
We had a great time. The people were so nice and gave lots of great information about the Ingalls. Sleeping in the coverd wagon was so much fun. Highly recommend the stay.
The museum was great but we took an hour detour and even though it was deserted they wouldn't let us do a quick tour since the next one was two hours away. I totally get rules but it was a ghost town and they were all just hanging around.