Mumford, N.Y. - Melissa Anderson, who played "Mary Ingalls" on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie, will help Genesee Country Village & Museum celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder Days on Aug. 2-3.  

The Emmy-nominated Anderson appeared in 163 episodes of the show, which ran from 1974-1983, and also had a short stint on The Love Boat. She appeared on episodes of The Brady Bunch, Bewitched, among others, and in several made-for-TV movies. In 2010 she released her autobiography The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House.

Each day at noon she will give a presentation on the museum's Village Square followed by a question-and-answer period.

From 2-4pm she will be available for autographs-limited to 200 signatures per session.  Visitors must purchase autograph tickets in advance: $5 for signing a museum-purchased item and $10 for an autograph on item brought from home. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days celebrate the writings of one of the most popular writers of 19th-century frontier life. Young visitors are invited to dress in costume and join in a multitude of activities that a young Laura might have enjoyed, including sack races, barrel rolls, kneading bread, playing in a haystack, churning butter, tug of war, making rag dolls and others.
Visit or call (585) 538-6822 for further information.


Except for special programs Genesee Country Village & Museum is now closed for the season. It reopens for the season on May 10.

GCVM is the largest living history museum in New York State with the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its  John L. Wehle Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May -Oct., and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo.

Photo of Melissa Anderson by Eric Caron

Judy Markham
(585) 538-6822