The Journey of A Pioneer Family :

Exhibit Maifest Weekend at the Hofgarten May 19th and 20th


Area school children will not have to wait to take a field trip to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home in Mansfield Missouri thanks to a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.   A 16-panel display that was originally exhibited at the Library Center of the Springfield-Greene County Library system has been duplicated and is sent out on loan to qualifying museums across the state and in May 2012 its coming to Hermann, Missouri.

In March of 2005 theMissouri Humanities Council.,  with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, developed a 16-panel display as part of a month-long celebration “Everything’s Wilder in March at the Library” focusing on the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder.   The first exhibit was hosted at the Springfield Green Public Library in Springfield Missouri.

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.   In the Summer of 2010 Joan Treis, Program Director at Hermann Farm, met with the curator at the Wilder Home Museum and noted Wilder historian Richard Anderson, and was able to procure the loan of this exhibit for Spring of 2012 for Hermann Farm & Museum.  Due to high demand for these interpretive panels, the waiting time is generally two years.  The exhibit contains photographs, and information relating to Missouri author Laura Ingalls Wilder,  famous for her “Little House” books that tell the story of America’s westward expansion. 

The panels will be exhibited at the Hofgarten during Maifest weekend.   The exhibit is free and open to the public.    Children are encouraged to dress in Little House attire during Maifest weekend with pinafores, bonnets, prairie dresses for the girls,  and white collarless shirts, dark slacks and suspenders for the boys.    Visitors to the Hofgarten will be able to enjoy traditional May Wine flavored with Sweet Woodruff (Waldmesiter) and picnic foods in the courtyard overlooking the banks of Frene Creek.    Die schmiedermeister (blacksmith) will be at work at the Hermann Farm Wagon Works on Saturday only from 10-2.   For more information and updates on the Maifest events sponsored by Hermann Farm, contact Hermann Farm & Museum at 573-486-FARM. 


Hermann Farm is operated by a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and heritage of rural Missouri for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations. Acknowledgements.