Mary Ingalls Returns to the School for the Blind….Sort of

April 15, 2014

Group of DollsThe Mary Ingalls Society (ISBSSS) is very pleased to announce the return of Mary Ingalls to her alma mater in doll form. The Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School has been working closely with Americorp who work and stay in ISBSSS buildings in Vinton. One of these Americorp staff members, Audra Piotti , has generously donated to the school four dolls from the Ashton Drake Ingalls family doll set. Besides Mary Ingalls herself, her sister Laura (of author fame), her brother-in-law Almanzo, and the Ingalls girls nemesis, Nellie Olesen were all part of the donation.

These dolls are part of an 8 doll set of the complete Ingalls family, minus Baby Freddie, plus Almanzo and Nellie that came out a doll at a time starting in 1995. It was created by doll artist Joan Ibarolle. The set is very popular with Laura Ingalls Wilder fans and a full set of the dolls can be seen on display at both the Pepin, Wisconsin and Burr Oak, Iowa, Laura Ingalls Wilder museums (in fact Burr Oak has two sets). Mary and Laura

Now that “Mary” has returned we hope to have her show you around the School in the coming months. We are also interested in adding to our collection of Mary dolls. Several of the homesites have offered versions of a Mary doll over the years and we’d be interested in adding them to our display if your “Mary” is looking for a new home.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Value of Old Books

April 13, 2014

trundlebedtales:

UPDATE: This is another one of my most popular posts that I’m updating and re-blogging. It’s one that I often send people to because the question comes up frequently. A few old books appraised for a lot of money on shows like the Antique Roadshow and Pawn Stars and now people think every book is that valuable. Added to that the general trend in our culture to still value books, it’s hard to believe that old ones aren’t worth money to somebody. I hope that my advice in this post has been of help and while I don’t really have an update, I can say that the likelihood of any particular book being worth money has decreased since I originally published this due to three years of economic conditions that has convinced a lot of people to stop adding big ticket items to their collections. That doesn’t mean buying has stopped, but it has driven people out of the market and a smaller market for anything means that even those who still want to buy something expect to pay less for it. Hopefully this trend will change, but it’s a bad time to be trying to sell collectibles and it’s hard to know when the market for them will recover.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

A question that patrons ask librarians a lot is “What is the value of this old book?” or “What can I get for selling this book?”  Here’s a version of my standard response.

Normally what I’d suggest as a first line of effort is to check with the titles through Amazon or Alibris or Abebooks. In most cases old books aren’t worth a lot a money,  a few dollars at most. The exceptions are the ones book collectors want (which in all but the rarest circumstances have to be in nearly pristine condition and a true first edition or signed by someone very famous and long dead) or the ones that are somehow related to what someone collects (I mean they don’t collect books as objects, in and of themselves, but because  they collect something an author, a celebrity, World’s Fairs, coin banks, soap operas, etc. that has some connection to particular books) , or that the…

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Tombstones in the Snow

April 11, 2014

trundlebedtales:

This isn’t one of my highest ranking posts, but I was looking for genealogy posts to link to and came across this. It works best when the snow is snowman packable. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of snow for this year, but I wanted to share it again anyway. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Stone Before

Tonight I’m sharing a discovery I made a few years ago when I was trying to track down the records on the cemetery by our house (still didn’t succeed at that quest, but this was a pretty nifty discovery in the process). The best time I have found for taking photos of a tombstone is while there is snow on the ground, assuming it’s safe to travel there and that you already have the stone located so you aren’t poking around the snow.

This is what I did, these are before and after photos. Take a few handfuls of snow rub them into the letters carefully rubbing off any snow until it is level. Repeat until full.

This is the stone for two brothers. They owned our farm and one of them (I think the younger one) died by falling into a buzzsaw while building what is now…

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A Round Up of Articles About Burr Oak IA

April 9, 2014

IMG_0073I’m continuing with my project to create a round up post for the various homesite towns to make my posts about them easier to find. We continue on today with the best state in my TOTALLY not biased opinion, my home state of Iowa. (You’ll be able to spot me at any pageant roll call from enthusiastic response to the call for people from Iowa.)

Pa’s Flower Embroidered Suspenders
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/favorite-purchase

An interview with Steven Luse, the then director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, about its current state and plans for the future.
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/steve-luse-of-burr-oak-ia

Tribute to Bob Brimacomb
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/a-friend-has-passed-away
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/tribute-to-bob-brimacomb

I found a reference on a post to the sample iternaries Burr Oak used to provide for planning your Laura trip to their area. I always thought it was a fantastic idea, so I just did some hunting and sure enough I found an archived copy. Here is their Itinerary for the 5 northern homesites for visiting Pepin WI, Burr Oak IA, Spring Valley MN, Walnut Grove MN and De Smet SD. Note this is from 2007, use it for inspiration but understand things may have changed since then.

Visitor Numbers in 2009
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/burr-oak-update

Trip Reports

2007 – A TV Show Visits (for now at least find the link to watch it in the post)
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/03/14/simple-living-tv-show

2008 – Written Report with photos
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/burr-oak-spring-valley-pepin

2010 – A Video Diary of my trip in 2010
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/laurapalooza-video-diary-day-1

2010 – Tractorcade comes to Laura country
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/looking-for-a-different-way

2013 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Parties
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/laura-ingalls-wilder-birthday-party
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/mentions-january-2014

Laura Days Reports

2008
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/burr-oak-a-play-update
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/tornados-severe-thunderstorms-and-flooding-oh-my

2009 Laura Days changes weekends permanently
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/burr-oak-laura-days-new-date
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/mansfield-date-changes

2011
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/burr-oak-iowa-this-saturday

2011 – Roving Report
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/roving-reporter-in-burr-oak-iowa

2011 was the year I spoke at 4 homesites in one year
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/4-homesites-in-one-year

2012
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/burr-oak-laura-days-2012

2013
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/june-2013-laura-ingalls-wilder-events

Previous Fundraisers

Card Shower for Burr Oak 2009
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/card-shower-for-burr-oak

A booksale in 2013
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/burr-oak-booksale/

These are still available, but starting in 2011 you could get a glass painted ball with the Masters Hotel Christmas ornament
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/christmas-tree-ornaments

Burr Oak Sponsored Bus Trips

Bus Trip to Malone and Points East 2007

Announcement
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/04/19/bus-trip-to-malone-burke-new-york

Malone Trip Part 1
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/10/08/trip-to-malone-part-1

Malone Trip Part 2
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/trip-to-malone-part-2

Malone Trip Part 3
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/10/24/trip-to-malone-part-3

Van Trapps
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/two-marias

Ordway Theater to see the Little House on the Prairie Musical 2009
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/burr-oak-goes-to-the-ordway

Related One More on the Way  and Similar Posts

I haven’t actually written a post about farmers stands yet for And One More on the Way, but I’m planning on it for the next conference and I’ll definitely include Annie’s Gardens as a place to stop during a Burr Oak trip.
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/annies-gardens-and-greens

Look for Barn Quilts in the Burr Oak area
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/barn-quilts
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2012/06/30/and-one-more-barn-quilts

Cassville WI Ferry
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2012/06/18/cassville-ferry

Decorah
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/06/20/one-more-decorah-iowa

Little Brown Church
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2012/07/09/one-more-little-brown-church

Seed Savers Exchange
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/seed-savers-fall-festival

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Library Genealogy Policies

April 7, 2014

Herring StoneOne of the best questions I got presenting my Genealogy for a Non-Genealogist Librarian was a request for some examples of the genealogy policies I mentioned.  I’ve gotten permission to share some from some Iowa libraries, some with attribution some without. The most important part though is to have a policy so everyone is treated the same and told the same thing. As a library you can do a little research or a lot, do it all for free or charge, re-direct them to a local genealogy society or to someone who is a paid researcher. I would recommend if you do charge, confirm with the person that they want you to go ahead before you do the work. What policy works the best for you is up to you.

Thank you to all the libraries who responded to my request on IowaLib and agreed to let me post their policies here.  For the most part I’ve simply copied the text of the policy they sent into this post, but if they provided explanatory comments I thought would be helpful for people looking at modeling on their policies, I’ve copied that too and italicized them. They appear in the order I received them. If any library would like to share their policy now I’d be glad to add it or create a part 2 to this post.

All policies are current as of Spring 2014, but may be changed, updated, or prices given raised at any time. They are here for example only.

Indianola Public Library

The Indianola Public Library maintains a collection of local history and genealogy materials.  These materials are available for use by the public on a walk-in basis.

ICPL Carnegie

ICPL Carnegie

Recognizing that many people who are interested in genealogy do not live in the area, the staff of the Indianola Public Library will answer questions received by phone, mail, and email.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Questions must be specific in nature.
  • Questions must be able to be answered in a relatively short period of time.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Library staff will not research entire family histories.
  • Library staff will only accept five requests  (or names) at a time.

Payment for these services must be received prior to sending out information.  Payment must be in cash or money order.

Following is a payment schedule:

  • For requests easily answered in 30 minutes or less, a charge of $3.00 per page per printout will be assessed.
    Requests taking more than 30 minutes will be subject to a charge of $10.00 per hour (up to 2 hours), with additional charges for photocopies and mailing, regardless of whether any actual information is located.
    Fees are charged per request (or name).

Patrons submitting a request must agree to these terms before the Library staff will proceed.

Patrons will be referred to the Warren County Genealogical Society for further assistance, if necessary.
http://www.indianolaiowa.gov/departments/library/genealogy-and-interlibrary-loan/genealogy-research-policy.aspx

Oskaloosa Public Library

The text below is from their request form. The more formal policy is part of their broader reference policies and is available here.
http://www.oskaloosalibrary.org/aboutusourservicecontactus/policies/ref/ref-info

The library charges $7.50 per half hour for research, plus 20 cents each for microfilm copies and standard copies, and postage.  Our genealogy volunteer donates her time, and all proceeds go toward the purchase of more materials for the genealogy collection.  If you wish, you may set a limit on what you want to spend, and our volunteer will do what she can in that amount of time and report back to you.

Requests are usually completed in the order in which they are received.  If your request is urgent, please indicate the date when you need the information.

Our volunteer also does research at the Mahaska County Courthouse at the same fees stated above with proceeds going to the library.  The courthouse charges $2.00 each for a birth, marriage, or death certificate marked “for genealogy purposes only”.  Births and deaths begin with 1880; marriages begin with 1844.  Deeds, wills, and other documents are also available but must sometimes be copied by hand or laptop computer, entailing more research time.
http://www.oskaloosalibrary.org/genealogy/genrequest

Hawkins Memorial Library
La Porte City, IA

Stone-afterHawkins Memorial Library maintains a collection of local history and genealogy materials. These materials are available for use by the public on a walk-in basis.

Genealogical and historical searches of the newspaper and census data on microfilm should be made by the persons desiring the information. Microfilms will not be loaned out to individuals or libraries.

Recognizing that many people who are interested in genealogy do not live in the area, the staff of Hawkins Memorial Library will attempt to answer questions received by phone, mail and email. Library staff will look up information if it is impossible for the patron to come to the library. However, the patron will need to furnish the staff with sufficient information to do so. It will then be searched at the staff’s convenience.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Questions must be submitted in writing with a signature.
  • Questions must be specific in nature.
  • Questions must be able to be answered in a relatively short period of time.
  • Patron submitting a request must agree to these terms before the library staff proceeds with any research.

The following restrictions apply:

  • Library staff will not research family histories.
  • Library staff will only accept five requests (or names) at a time.

The fees will be:

  • $15.00 per hour, with a minimum charge of one hour, regardless of whether any actual information is located.
  • $.25 per page for photo copies
  • $1.00 per page for microfilm copies
  • Postage

Payment for these services must:

  • Be received prior to sending out any information
  • Must be in cash or money order

Use of Microfilm Machine

Patrons are expected to use the microfilm machine properly. If patrons need assistance, they should ask library staff to show them how to use the equipment. An instruction booklet is located on the machine cart shelf. Patrons will be asked to pay for any damage they cause to the equipment.

The microfilm machine is available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. If another patron is waiting to use the machine, a time limit of one hour will be enforced.

From a library who requested name be withheld

Our “Patron Assistance Policy” is for all reference questions, but it was developed in response to requests for genealogy research.  It says:

Requests from Out of State
Telephone and email requests from out of state will be given a lower priority than requests from local residents.  The library reserves the right to decline requests from out-of-state residents for in-depth research.

Requests which are accepted from out-of- state users will be subject to a charge of $25.00 per hour to answer reference questions, plus 15 cents per page for printing or photocopying, and the actual postage costs incurred when answering such requests. A minimum of one hour will be charged. Out-of- state patrons will be sent a bill for the costs incurred along with instructions for payment.

In practice, if we can answer find the answer to the question in 15 minutes or less and respond to the request by email or telephone, there is no charge.  If it is going to take more than 15 minutes of staff time, or if we have to mail photocopies, then we charge.

 

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection

April 5, 2014

trundlebedtales:

I continue with reblogging my top posts. UPDATE: I appreciate the people who commented on the post with things in your collection. I’d have to say the only thing odder I’ve added to my collection is a paperdoll of me as Laura.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Relic from Graces House

It seems like there is something about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing that does compel people to try to find and possess a piece of “Laura World” as Wendy McClure calls it, by collecting physical things. Many of the things the Ingalls Family had were mass produced and therefore it is possible to find and buy the same or extremely similar things to those mentioned in the books and found on display in Laura’s last home in Mansfield, Missouri.

Laura’s Glass Bread Plate (famously featured in The First Four Years), a replica of Laura’s doll Charlotte, sunbonnets (worn on strings trailing down your back), and mounted twigs from the Ingalls Homestead Memorial Site in De Smet are common. Less common but still popular are the other pieces in Laura’s bread plate glassware, her china patterns and assorted knickknacks. My own collection also includes a lot of…

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April 2014 Presentations

April 1, 2014
Crossing Over to the Masters Hotel

Crossing Over to the Masters Hotel

April tends to be one of the busiest Laura Ingalls Wilder months. The homesites are starting to open up and there are a lot of groups wanting to presentations. I always look forward to April.

  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, March 31st and April 1st, 2014. (Not open to the public)
  • High Tea with the Johnson County  (Iowa) Historical Society – In the Kitchen With Laura – NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Thurs., April 3, 2014 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm “You can just link it to www.jchsiowa.org. Registering can be done on our website through our donate now tab, or by mailing the registration fee with the names of those attending to PO Box 5081, Coralville, IA 52241.”
    http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140330/NEWS01/303300019/1079/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  • North Central Library Symposium – 9:30 AM General Laura Program 11:00 AM In the Kitchen With Laura – Friday, April 25, 2014
    http://ncburttrisha.wordpress.com/2014/02
  • Wapello County Historical Museum – A Day in a One-Room School – Ottumwa, Iowa – Tues., April 29, 2014 7:00 pm

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/programs.html

Sarah S. Uthoff is main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Iowa Flag Day

March 29, 2014

Flags I was really pleased to see this post come through our Iowa Library listserv. Although I like to think of myself as fairly knowledgeable about Iowa history, I didn’t know any of this so with permission I’m sharing it here as guest post.  I’m always glad to share the accomplishments of another strong Iowa woman. I would like to offer the correction that while Iowans have long held in the face of all challengers that Iowa is a Native American word of some sort for “Beautiful Land” it’s been pretty well demonstrated that it isn’t true. However, we Iowans besides being Iowa nice, tend to be Iowa stubborn and so we don’t let a little thing by being totally wrong spoil our favorite story and it SHOULD have been what Iowa means, come and see the beautiful land yourself and see if you don’t agree. – SSU

Saturday March 29 is Iowa Flag Day, the 93rd anniversary of the day that the General Assembly adopted a design submitted by Mrs. Dixie Cornell Gebhardt, a resident of Knoxville. Mrs. Gebhardt served as the State Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) promoting three objectives:

  • History
  • Education
  • Patriotism

She wrote, “white stands for the unwritten page of history when the Indians – the first Americans – lived on the natural prairies of Iowa. Red is used to write IOWA, the Indian word for “Beautiful Land.” She also stated that blue stands for loyalty, white for purity, and red for courage. In the center, the soaring eagle carries blue streamers inscribed with the motto “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” (There are many eagles at Lake Red Rock at this time, folks!).

The copyright of the design belongs to the people of Iowa. She has been called “Iowa’s Betsy Ross.”

We plan festivities in front of the library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – carnival rides, free-will lunch, old-fashioned games, pie auction, tour of the Gebhardt house, historic walks, cream pie in the face! Weatherman says the weather should be good. Come join us, if you can.

Link: www.knoxville.lib.ia.us

Roslin Thompson
Knoxville Public Library Director

Endorsment Page

March 28, 2014

I’m going to be doing a little remolding of the blog and adding a couple of different pages that I hope people will find

Packing Up 2

Packing Up 2

useful. One I should have had a long time ago is an endorsements page.

I haven’t been as organized as I should have been through the years collecting those kind comments people made and getting permission to share them. I think the time has come to take the project on. If you have seen me present and want to make a comment to be included either respond in a comment to this post or e-mail me at info@trundlebedtales.com

Here’s one to start you off. Elaine generously gave me permission to use her recent post on IowaLib.

Please remember Sarah Uthoff!  She is also a Humanities Iowa speaker.  Sarah
is an expert on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has a variety of programs related
to Laura.  Sarah also has an excellent program on One Room Schoolhouses.
She also has other programs, but I am just speaking about the programs she
has done for me.

Sarah is an excellent speaker and extremely knowledgeable.  I’ve been having
her present programs at the North Liberty Comm. Library for years, and I
learn something every time she presents.  Sarah is engaging and lots of fun
and her programs attract attendees from children through senior citizens.  I
really can’t recommend her enough!

Here is her website: http://www.trundlebedtales.com

- Elaine Hayes, MA, MLIS
Adult Services Librarian
North Liberty Community Library

“William Anderson is a noted Wilder expert; but Iowa has its own expert in Sarah S. Uthoff who frequently writes about Wilder on her Trundlebed Tales site.”

In addition to Sarah’s active online presence, Sarah has a full repertoire of speaking programs that she is able to give to audiences of all age groups.  Sarah Uthoff is one of the finest contemporary experts on the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder actively writing and presenting today.  She has a portfolio of possible programs that she is able to draw from – giving groups and organizations just the focus needed.  Her programs extend from general background information to, my favorite, an “interactive visit with Laura using some of Laura’s own words.”  Laura often comes dressed in the era about which she is speaking.  Those in the audience might even think she has gone beyond channeling Laura’s words and has actually become Laura.  Sarah is a most interesting speaker and brings much to those who have an interest in learning more about the prairie life in the late 1800s.  Her programs are of interest to adults and fascinating to younger readers. If you have a chance to hear her speak or to invite her to your conference/library—don’t miss the opportunity.

~ Sharron McElmeel, Director of McBookwords, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sarah S. Uthoff is main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party

March 26, 2014
Crossing Over to the Masters Hotel

Crossing Over to the Masters Hotel

I was really very excited when I heard that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum was actually going to start hosting theme birthday parties for kid at the museum. This is often a good money maker for museums and it’s a great opportunity to get a unique experience and an inside look at the museum. I immediately determined that we had to take my niece and nephew up to experience it. Our family got to have one of their very first parties.

Family Dress Up Photo

Family Dress Up Photo

Listen to my roving report about it here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2013/11/13/ep-45-laura-party-at-burr-oak

Playing Games

Playing Games

Burr Oak, Iowa is a little bit out of the way to transport a group of children, but you can also book one for a family group which I think could work even if you had to come from a distance and stay overnight in nearby Decorah, Iowa. They haven’t yet, but if there is interest I would hope they might partner with one of the hotels in Decorah to create a

More Family Games

More Family Games

package.

 

Schedule:

  • Dress up for kids and adults and wagon group photos
  • Undress up – May want to bring your own bonnets or plan on buying a bonnet for each girl or suspenders for each boy along
  • Scavenger Hunt/Tour of Hotel
  • Historic Games (for example pick up sticks)
  • Snack – Lemonade in tin cups and heart cakes (not for keeps, can buy one in gift shop)
  • I suggest you let kids pick out something in the gift shop, but that’s not included
  • Take photo in heads cut out board as the Ingalls Family

    Heart Cake and Tin Cup

    Heart Cake and Tin Cup

See the article about our party here:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/mentions-january-2014

Read more about how to book a party at Burr Oak here:
http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/special-events/laura-birthday-parties

Family Photo Board

Family Photo Board

General updates about the Burr Oak Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum. Director Steve Luse has been replaced by a long term staff member. The flood during their Laura Days last June did damage the heater/air-conditioner for the Visitor Center and took out part of the play equipment in the park, but the damage has been repaired. They have returned the dolls that formerly sat in the front room to the family of the former board member who made them. They’ve reorganized the historic display. Come check out all the changes for yourself.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.


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