Spring 2017: “Little House, Big Story” Sneak Peek!

Little House, Big Story
Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s former home near Independence

In its seven open months each year, the Little House on the Prairie Museum welcomes 20,000 visitors.

Some are locals. Many are families. A good number are “bonnetheads” – superfans of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her “Little House on the Prairie” series – who travel there from hundreds of thousands of miles away. 

Regardless of who they are and where they come from, they all pay a visit to that simple plot of prairie 13 miles southwest of Independence just to get a glimpse of where Laura and her family lived in a one-room log cabin in 1870.

“Every season, we get visitors from every state and about 20 different countries,” says Kristin Schodorf, executive director for the Little House on the Prairie Museum, which is one of a small handful of historic “Little House” sites in the country. “A lot of the people who read the books as children – they come here and they’re so excited…”

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Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Thriving
Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas

Photo of Lehigh Portland Trails courtesy of Thrive Allen County

You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola.

There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the streets. There’s the 7-plus-mile trail system on the south edge of the city, the Happy Tails Dog Park, and even the less-visible projects – like a pilot program to help public housing residents quit using tobacco to comply with new federal requirements.

Thrive Allen County either initiated or had a hand in every one of those projects – and they’re really just the tip of the iceberg…

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