Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum

Our Mission
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit museum. Its mission is to present Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life in Burr Oak and her family’s experiences by connecting visitors with the pioneer experience.

The Masters Hotel, where the Ingalls lived and worked in 1876, was built in 1851. Our museum board, staff and volunteers are dedicated to preserving this historic site for future generations. It is the only childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder that remains on its original site. We are grateful to our visitors and donors who make it possible to continue the museum’s mission and educational programs through tours, gift shop sales, donations, and memberships.

Our Board of Directors and Staff

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum is governed by a Board of Directors, elected at each Annual Meeting of the Board. The Museum employs a part-time director, a part-time curator, part-time summer tour guides, and is also served by volunteers.

2016 – 2017 Board of Directors
Dawn Maroushek-Austin, President
Paul Hexom, Vice President
Cathy McLain, Secretary
Tammy Bjork, Treasurer
Brittany List
Nic Doughan


Barb Olson, Director

Bonnie Tieskoetter, Curator