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Jones to portray Laura Ingalls Wilder at museum Sunday

Staff reports

Cherry Jones will portray Laura Ingalls Wilder, the famous writer of “Little House on the Prairie,” tomorrow at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center as part of the ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month.

The free performance will take place at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow and last about half an hour.

Jones, a native Texan and former Californian, participated in a Chautauqua presentation workshop with Nevada Humanities Committee and also portrays Dr. Eliza Cook, an early-day doctor in the Valley, on occasion.

She has been a fan of “Little House” books since childhood and was inspired to portray the author after reading a biography of Rose Wilder Lane, Laura’s daughter, and realizing that Laura was more than “just a writer of children’s books.”

Jones has also been a storyteller at the River City Storytelling Festival in Wingfield Park, Reno, the past two years, and owned a children’s bookstore in Palo Alto, Calif., before moving to Carson Valley in 1996.

She is the author of a newly published children’s book, “Movin’ to the Music Time.”

Next Sunday, JoAnn Peden will talk about Katy Frazier, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Peden lived with her for four years when Frazier was in her 90s.

Peden’s video, her first foray into filmmaking, “That Was a Happy life, A Paiute Woman Remembers,” will be shown in conjunction with the new exhibit in the changing gallery, “Pyramid Lake.”

Peden’s presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and last about an hour.