Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wilder Homestead Named Literary Landmark

WilderThe Wilder Homestead in Burke, NY, will be designated a Literary Landmark during a celebration on Saturday, July 11. The Homestead is the setting for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farmer Boy (1933), and is where Laura’s husband Almanzo grew up from 1857 until his family moved to Minnesota in 1875.

A bronze plaque will be unveiled during the celebration in conjunction with the Homestead’s Children’s Art Event (10 am to 4 pm). There will be art activities for children and 19th century games, along with an awards ceremony for the children’s art show. The public is invited to hear author and historian William Anderson speak about the Ingalls/Wilder family homes. Museum admission applies to this event.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) first wrote about her childhood growing up on the American frontier in Little House in the Big Woods (1932). Farmer Boy was the second title in her “Little House” series. The farmhouse is the only “Little House” location still on its original property. The Homestead includes the original Wilder home with period furnishings and an 1860s-era one-room schoolhouse that was added in 2013.

The Friends of Libraries Section of the New York Library Association (NYLA) initiated the application for the Wilder Homestead, and all eight divisions of NYLA contributed the cost of the plaque in honor of NYLA’s 125th anniversary in 2015.

For more information about the dedication, visit

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 150 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries. More information is available on the United for Libraries website.

Photo of the Wilder Homestead provided.

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