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VINTON—Experience the recently rejuvenated historic Horridge House and see Laura Ingalls Wilder come to life as Marie Tschopp, dressed in pioneer costume, shares stories from the life and works of this beloved author.  Audiences will laugh as Marie describes Grandpa’s adventure with a pig on a sled, cheer when Laura gets even with Nellie, and despair at the destruction of Pa's wheat crop. With anecdotes from Laura’s books as well as selections from speeches and letters written by Laura herself, listeners will discover why Laura said "The real things haven't changed; they can never change."

A professional storyteller since 1991, Marie has told Laura’s stories across country to audiences throughout the Midwest and Virginia. She is a member of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association and resides in Sherrard, Illinois.

Event information:

Sunday April 27, 2014

2:00 pm

Horridge House

612 1st Ave.


$5.00 Adults—Children 12 and under Free

Limited seating available, please reserve your seats today! Reservations will be held at the door. Email the number of reserved seats to, through our Facebook Page at Benton County Historical Society, Vinton, IA. or by calling 319-560-9664

Galesburg Register-Mail:  "Marie Tschopp held a room full of children and adults spellbound...."

Aledo Times Record:  "Tschopp's stories of long ago, Pa's songs and lessons for today leave listeners wanting to hear more."

K. Shannon, Activity Director, The Fountains Senior Living Community: “Marie Tschopp really kept the senior’s attention—she was so animated and knowledgeable. I learned a lot about Laura's life and truly enjoyed it. It was time well spent.”

The Rock Island Argus: “Mrs. Tschopp has found a personal inspiration of sorts in Laura Ingalls Wilder, and one that she wants to share with others…Mrs. Tschopp hopes her (Laura’s) message is never lost, and if it's up to her, it never will be.”


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