Events & Fundraisers

Several events and fundraisers are held during the year that help preserve the museum, meet our obligations, and develop more programs and opportunities for our visitors. Check back here for more details as the event dates approach. Please join us for these celebrations!

Spaghetti Supper, Pie Auction, Live Auction and Raffle


This annual fundraiser, held in February, helps with general operating expenses and site improvements. The meal includes spaghetti, garlic toast, salad, dessert and beverages. 

$10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and under. 

Where: St. Benedict's Parish Center

307 West Main, Decorah, IA

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Date: February 22, 2019 

Memorial Day Open House


This is held at the Advent Christian Church, one of the properties owned by the museum. The church is located at the gate of the Burr Oak Cemetery.  It was built in 1877 when the Ingalls family lived in Burr Oak. 

Refreshments  served. 

Where: 2577 237th Ave. Burr Oak, IA

Time: 9:30-2:00

Date: May 27, 2019

Laura Days Celebration


Held on the  4th weekend in June

The celebration begins Friday night with a 5K run. Saturday’s activities include pioneer crafts, demonstrations and children’s games; skillet toss; checkers tournament; grand parade; pie auction; entertainment; raffle; greased pig contest; and the naming of Little Miss Laura and Young Almanzo. Sunday’s activities include an ecumenical worship service, featuring musical selections from Laura’s childhood and a potluck meal.

Next date: June 21-23, 2019

Schedule will be published by May 1, 2019

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale


What: pumpkin decorating, bake sale, used book sale

 Lunch: brats, hot ham and cheese, beverage  

 Where: Advent Church at the gate of the Burr Oak Cemetery

2577 237th Ave. Burr Oak, IA
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Date: October 13, 2018

Annual Fund Brunch


Annual Fund donations are used for building improvements, matching funds for grants, and educational programming. Everyone is invited to the brunch, which is free, but reservations are required by calling the museum at 563-735-5916.

Where: Winneshiek Wildberry Winery

1966 337th St. Decorah, IA

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Date: December 11, 2018