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 The Mission and Grand Vision of
The Little House on the Prairie Museum

LHOPM is a non-profit historical site and museum dedicated to preserving the homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder, 13 miles Southwest of Independence, Kansas.  As a 501(c)3 organization, the goal is to continue to educate the public about the author Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie Books, and life on the Prairie in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

The museum stands on the original land where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived with her family in a one-room log cabin in 1870. Memories of her time here later inspired her to pen the indelible classic, Little House on the Prairie.  She then created a series of nine books geared towards children but loved by all.  

The books depict the adventures of her family as they traveled across American pioneer country by covered wagon.  The mission of the Little House on the Prairie Museum is to encourage a love of reading, Kansas history, the Kansas Prairie, and help keep the memory of Laura Ingalls Wilder alive through the preservation of the Kansas homestead of the Laura Ingalls Wilder.    

        

 

The staff and leadership at LHOPM strive to share with visitors the majestic Kansas prairie that inspired Laura Ingalls Wilder when living here as a young girl, and to continue to promote and encourage children’s literacy through the Little House books series.  All proceeds benefit the site and its continued operation and up-keep.  The historic site is the birth place of baby Carrie, Laura’s sister, and also includes a one room school house from 1872, as well as a one room post office and farm house from the same time period.  The cabin that now sits on the Little House on the Prairie Museum site was reconstructed according to Laura Ingalls’ own descriptions by Brigadier General William A. Kurtis and his wife, Wilma Horton Kurtis, with the help of volunteers from the local chapter of the Jaycees from Independence in 1977.  Unfortunately, the cabin has fallen into a state of near ruin, and is in danger of being condemned by local building officials.  
The need to replace the cabin is eminent, so the leadership at LHOPM has outlined the framework to accomplish this feat!  Winterwoods Homes, Log and Timber Frame Architects, was retained and has created the renderings for replicas of the original cabin and barn that are being proposed, and gifted them to the LHOPM as an initial donation to kick start the fundraising initiative of the larger, “Grand Vision” for the LHOPM homestead site.

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”   — Laura Ingalls Wilder