Little House on the Prairie

Centennial

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 3/17/76
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  • Episode Description
  • Everyone in Walnut Grove is excited about the upcoming 100th birthday of the United States of America, and to commemorate the occasion, the town is planning a community picnic, complete with games, fireworks, and a brand-new flagpole.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Melissa Gilbert

    Laura Elizabeth Ingalls/Wilder

  • Dabbs Greer

    Reverend Alden

  • Melissa Sue Anderson

    Mary Amelia Ingalls/Kendall (1974 - 1981)

  • Richard Bull

    Nels Oleson

  • Karl Swenson

    Mr. Lars Hanson (1974 - 1978)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • There are some good lessons to be learned in this episode as America celebrates its Centennial.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Apr 11, 2011

  • Some interesting elements, some others that work less well.

    By Mac-Ale, Nov 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Charles: Well, you should've heard him. Not a complaint! He hasn't lost faith in this country, I'll tell you, because this country is the same one we've all been yelling about is the best darn country in the whole world! Caroline: You don't have to convince me. Charles: We ought to thank out lucky stars we live here. I'll tell you something else: the 100th birthday of this country is a darn important day, and we're going to celebrate it no matter what anybody else does! Caroline: Would you mind telling the girls? They're just about convinced Minnesota is gonna secede from the Union. Charles: Have I been that bad? Caroline: Not just you. Everybody. Charles: I'll go straighten that out right now. Caroline: You'll have to go out to Taylor's Lake. They're finishing the flag there, and...they thought you might not approve. Charles: I have been that bad...

    • Hanson: You mark my words, some day they will tax a man on what he earns. Thordsen: An income tax? Hanson: Yeah... Thordsen: Never happen in a thousand years.

    Notes (2)

    • Filming Locations: Filmed at Big Sky Ranch, Simi Valley, Basin Creek, Tuolumne, and Paramount Studios, Hollywood, California.

    • This episode was technically filmed a season too late. The death of Charles Ingalls, Jr., explored in Season 1's "the Lord is My Shepherd", took place in August 1876. This episode, which aired a year and a half later, would have to had taken place in July 1876 to be historically accurate. Such chronology glitches were not uncommon in this series.

    Trivia (5)

    • Mary was concerned about how many stars to put on the flag, even considering that Colorado was about to become a state, but she put on the wrong number of stripes.

    • Noted role actor William Schallert plays a character named Snell in this episode. He appears again as Reverend Dean Harmon (and a former love interest of Harriet Oleson) in the Season 6 story "The Preacher Takes a Wife.""

    • The actress portraying Fanya Pyatakov is Lisa Pera, mother of actor Ramades Pera (John Jr.). She plays another immigrant, Maria Schiller, in Season 5's Harriet's Happenings. Actor Ike Isenmann played her son in both episodes.

    • Brian Part and Ike Eisenmann both played in the movie "Return from Witch Mountain" together, just as they did in this episode.

    • In this episode, the news of new road construction in the papers is said to originate from the office of a Governor Applewood. The name is fictitious, the Governor of Minnesota in 1876 was John Pillsbury.

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