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Little House on the Prairie in Jefferson County: Related Events & Programs #jcmoprairie

Guide to author events, library happenings, and resources to learn about Missouri's prairie experience.

Little House in Jefferson County

On October 16th and 17th Jefferson County will welcome Pulitzer Prize winning author Caroline Fraser for three appearances. Ms. Fraser will discuss her book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  A wide variety of events and activities around the county will allow all ages to participate in conversations and experiences that enrich our understanding of the Missouri prairie and frontier experience. Crystal City Public Library, De Soto Public Library, Festus Public Library, Jefferson County Library, and Jefferson College Library will host a variety of presentations, book discussions, story times, and more.  Please join us!

#jcmoprairie Children's Programs

Step Back in Time--Little House on the Prairie Day  June 8, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Northwest Branch of Jefferson County Library, House Springs (Concluded)

Prairie Story Hour  Sept 23,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Prairie Craft Day--Beeswax Candles Sept 24,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Little House on the Prairie Days  July 10 & 11, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Jefferson College Library (Concluded)

Prairie Craft Day--Recycled Covered Wagons Sept 3,  10:30am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Little House at the Farmers' Market Sept 9,  9-11 De Soto Farmers' Market (Concluded)

Prairie Story Hour Sept 9,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Prairie Craft Day--Corn Cob Dolls Sept 10,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Prairie Story Hour  Sept 16,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Prairie Craft Day--Butter Making Sept 17,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Little House on the Prairie Story Time Sept 24,  11:00 am  Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, High Ridge (Concluded)

Little House on the Prairie Story Time Sept 25,  11:00 am  Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, High Ridge (Concluded)

Little House Story Time and Activity, Sept 26, 10:30 am  Festus Public Library (Concluded)

Little House on the Prairie After School Club Sept 27,  4:00 - 5:00 pm  Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch, High Ridge (Concluded)

Prairie Story Hour  Sept 30,  10:30 am  De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Book Buddies: Kids Book Club Discussion (2nd-6th Grade): Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Oct 1 4:30-5:15pm  Jefferson County Library, Arnold Branch (Concluded)

Little House: A 1000 Books Program  (Ages 3- 10): Oct 10 10:00am-10:45am Jefferson County Library, Arnold Branch

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Little House in Jefferson County--An Exhibit

Jefferson College Library has created an exhibit of materials from the Jefferson County History Center, the Library's collections, and private collections to illustrate the connections between documents, material culture, and our stories. We parallel local stories with passages from Caroline's Fraser's Prairie Fires to show the power for all of us to tell richer and more thoughtful stories about ourselves and our communities. Here's a video presentation of the exhibit. Please visit us in Hillsboro to learn more.

Author Appearances Registration

All author appearance events are free and open to the public.

Registration is recommended.


Northwest High School Auditorium Event Registration

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 pm

Cedar Hill, MO Call 636-677-8186

Ms. Fraser will discuss her book, followed by a Q&A session led by The Leader's Student Advisory Board. She will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.


Jefferson College Library Event Registration *

Thursday, October 17, 2:00 pm

Ms. Fraser will discuss her work, answer questions from campus book group representatives and members of the audience, and sign copies of her book.

Art inspired by the prairie and created by Jefferson College Students, prairie and pioneer literature, an exhibit of American Indian cultural heritage objects, and documents from the Jefferson County History Center will be displayed.

* An ASL interpreter will be present at this event.


Fox Service Center Event Registration

Thursday, October 17,  6:30 pm

Jane Henderson, Book Editor for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, will have a conversation with Ms. Fraser about Prairie Fires. Ms. Fraser will take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book.

Children's Art Contest--Ages 6-18

To celebrate author Caroline Fraser’s visit to Jefferson County in October, the public libraries of Jefferson County invite children ages 6 to 18 to submit original works of art on the theme “The Spirit of the American West,” as portrayed in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books. 

See complete guidelines below.

#jcmoprarie Adult Programs

Art of the Prairie Exhibit Opening  Oct 15, 3:30 pm at Jefferson College Library, Hillsboro (Cancelld)

Why Prairies Matter: New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape  August 24,  10 am  Presented by Carol Devit, Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation at the Northwest Branch of Jefferson County Library, High Ridge (Canceled)

Missouri Artists and Pastoral Metaphor August 28,  6:00 pm  Presented by Jefferson College Librarian Joe Kohlburn at Festus Public Library (Concluded)

Finding Missouri's Frontier in Little House Sept 6, 11:30 am -1pm  Presented by Dr. Scott Holzer at Jefferson College, Hillsboro

*Note: this Jefferson College Friday Speakers Series event has a $7.00 fee for lunch. (Concluded)

Missouri Artists and Pastoral Metaphor Sept 14, 1:00-2:00p.m  Presented by Librarian and art historian Joe Kohlburn at De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

Osage Removal in Missouri  Sept 19, 6:00 pm Presented by Professor Chris Otto at  Festus Public Library Concluded

Why Prairies Matter: New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape  Sept 27, 12noon  Presented by Carol Devit, Executive Director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation at Jefferson College Library, Hillsboro (Concluded)

Finding Missouri's Frontier in Little House Sept 28  1:00 -2:00 pm  Presented by Dr. Scott Holzer at De Soto Public Library (Concluded)

The Osage of Missouri & Little House Oct 4, 11:30-1:00 pm  Presented by Jefferson College Professor of English, Chris Otto,  at Jefferson College, Hillsboro

*Note: this Jefferson College Friday Speakers Series event has a $7.00 fee for lunch.

Book Discussion Oct. 6th, 2:00 pm  Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library, Barnhart

Book Discussion Oct. 9th, 7:00-8:00 pm  Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library, Barnhart

Book Club Discussion of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser  Oct. 10, 10am at the Arnold Branch of the Jefferson County Library, Arnold

Book Discussion Lunch & Learn Oct 11, Noon,  Library, Room 208, Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Discussion of  Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

Wind Ensemble Concert--From Landscape to Song Oct 15, 7:30 pm Jefferson College Theater , Fine Arts Building, Jefferson College, Hillsboro. Works by composers Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland and others. Titles include Colonial Song, Outdoor Overture, Spoon River, Trail of Tears, Fiddle Tune Variations and Deep River.