Museum to Offer Free Program for Senior Citizens


The staff and volunteers at Old Independence Regional Museum will be hosting a holiday program for area senior citizens on Tuesday, November 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.  Participating seniors will hear a presentation of interesting facts about author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.  

Did you know that although she was 65 years old when the first book in the Little House series was published, Wilder was an experienced writer who had published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles?   Laura lived in 12 different houses by the time she was 12 years old.  She had a baby brother named Charles Fredrick Ingalls who wasn’t mentioned in the books.  Seniors will also hear the stories of some of the other characters in the books like Laura’s rival “Nellie Oleson” who was a fictional version of three different girls.

Then we will kick off the Christmas season by making a Christmas tree ornament to take home.  The group will use wire to shape a small wreath that will then be covered with tied cloth strips.  

This program is free.  Space is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required.  Please call the museum at 870-793-2121 to reserve your space!

This humanities program is made possible by local support from Independence County and the City of Batesville, as well as by Challenge Grant Endowment funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Old Independence serves a 12-county area:  Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff.  Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.   During your visit, stop by our gift shop.  We stock many items from local artists, authors, and crafters, as well as historical toys and games.