Hello Laura Ingalls Wilder friends! I’m the manager of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, WI. This is my very first attempt at blogging, so please bear with me. I hope to learn as I go.

The Pepin Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has now got a brand new website and online store, and we’re very excited about that! My intention is to be consistent about updating the site with current material and keeping it relevant to what’s going on at our museum. I hope that the online store attracts a lot of customer traffic and that our friends purchase from us. As we’re a seasonal business, it is very helpful for us to have online sales throughout the year to keep us afloat financially. We have a wide array of books and other media as well as very good quality collectibles for sale, so please check out our site at lauraingallspepin.com and see what you think! I’m learning about offering coupons and special deals on the site, so stay tuned for that!

Our 2020 season has been a bit different, much like all other businesses have been experiencing. Our opening date was 6 weeks later than usual this year, so we may have lost some opportunities, but we are still very pleased with how the season has progressed since we opened on June 12. Our customer traffic has been robust, especially on the weekends. And we are so pleased to see so many families coming out! Of course, we have practiced responsible pandemic precautions such as face masks on everybody, hand sanitization stations, and social distancing as much as possible. Our customers have really stepped up and been extremely cooperative with it all.

Our season will officially end on October 31, though we will phase back from being open 7 days a week down to just Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after October 18. So for now through October 18, we’re here 7 days a week from 10-5 daily; after that, we’ll be here just the 3 weekend days until the end of the month. As of November 1, we’re officially closed until  May 1, 2021. Even though it’s been a shorter season, I feel that we’ve accomplished a lot and I’m calling it a very successful season, all things considered. And for that, I’m very thankful.

I plan to use this blog to regularly post things of interest to our Laura friends. I hope you return often and stay up to date with the Pepin Museum. And as I said earlier, I hope to learn as I go. Keep your fingers crossed! Thanks for checking in.   -Sue