Burr Oak – Spring Valley – Pepin

December 21, 2014

trundlebedtales:

UPDATE 2014: Things have changed in Burr Oak since 2008. They have once again changed directors, they have redone several of the displays. They’ve opened up the pantry so you can see more of it. They have sent the Jane Hawley dolls back to their creators family. Lots has changed, but most of the good things and improvements I mentioned in the post are still there.

Also the Tea and Tarts Tea Room that I think you can tell from the post that I simply ADORED is no longer in operation. Their menu board was even at the What’s New Antique Shop the last time I went through, so it is well and truly gone. My allegiance had switched to Tea and Tarts after the Victorian Rose shut down. There are quite a few interesting restaurants in Decorah, but not one of them has become my current favorite. Let me know if you find one you especially love.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

As I often advise people, Burr Oak, Iowa, Spring Valley, MN and Pepin WI make up a real nice Wilder weekend. I took myself up on my own advice this weekend on my way to Laura Days in Pepin. I hadn’t been to Burr Oak yet this summer or met their new director, as of March.

Burr Oak Tour in Masters Hotel

Burr Oak Tour in Masters Hotel

He led the tour himself and it was one of the better tours I’ve gotten there. Still using the “Sleep tight” myth, but other than that really good. The Masters Hotel looks like it’s gotten more love and attention this year in little things. The June Hawley card which had partially fallen apart had been fixed. The things about William Reed were put together in a notebook, not just piled up, and someone had added a couple of framed and matted informational displays. The museum itself hadn’t changed…

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Tonie Nelson 1st Woman To Get Electoral Vote

December 19, 2014

Regular readers will have seen that one of the things I like to do on this blog is when I find an interesting story about a woman in history I write it up and share it. Too many women’s stories have been lost. I had heard long ago about Roger Lea MacBride’s party swapping electoral vote and how he rode it to his own Presidential bid in the next election (and credit where it’s due according to the book cited below he took the party from being listed on ballets in two states to being listed in 32). However, I never really thought to ask who specifically did he vote for? But while doing some research for this post I discovered it was Tonie and set out to learn more.

Theodora “Tonie” Nelson passed away in March 2014. Nelson was a reporter who showed up to cover the Libertarian convention and ended up their Vice-Presidential Candidate in 1972. Laura’s daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, is considered one of the three mothers of the Libertarian Party. It was because of her influence that when Roger Lea MacBride was named a Republican elector from Virginia, he took advantage of the loophole that electors are NOT actually bound to vote for the party that sent them to cast an electoral vote for the Libertarians. It was their first and to this point the only electoral vote they received. The ticket was philosopher John Hospers and reporter Tonie Nelson and that meant that it was also the first electoral college vote for an openly gay candidate, for a Jewish candidate and a female candidate (the last two due to Nelson). These landmarks are mostly overlooked and most people would name Geraldine Ferraro as the first woman to receive a vote, but she ran over 10 years later in 1984. Nelson continue to run for political offices through the 1990s and served in a variety of party offices. She remained active in the party until her death.

Author of Libertarian Reference Guide
http://reason.com/blog/2014/03/20/tonie-nathan-rip-the-first-woman-to-rece

KVAL Honors Former Employee, Lots More personal details than others
http://www.kval.com/politics/Tonie-Nathan-Eugene-Libertarian-Kulongoski-Packwood-DeFazio-KVAL-251318691.html

Cato Institute
http://www.cato.org/blog/rip-tonie-nathan-first-woman-receive-electoral-vote

Read more about Nathan’s husband, musician and composer Charles Nelson:
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/ill-think-of-something-greg-nathan-self-produced-review-by-c-michael-bailey.php

Doherty, Brian. Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement. New York: Public Affairs, 2007. Print. ISBN 9781586483500 Find a much fuller treatment of MacBride’s rogue vote from 392 to 394 and follow his further involvement with the Libertarian Party on following pages.

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.

Gene Stratton-Porter Video Part 10

December 18, 2014
GSP Book Collection

GSP Book Collection

Back in January I had posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was, but I haven’t done a good job following up with posts about the following videos. Today I’m going to share October’s posted video.

Video 10 is called “October 2014: Gene’s Treasures with Dave Fox.” It was published on YouTube on October 30, 2014.

They say: “At the Wildflower Woods State Historic Site, there are all kinds of sights and trinkets that share in telling Gene’s history and continue to carry her legacy on. For the October episode, Dave Fox shares some real treasures not often shown off for preservation purposes. The books Mr. Fox pulls out are unique glimpses into the past of Gene Stratton-Porter.”

We’re back at Wildflower Woods Cabin in Indiana and Dave Fox, one of the rangers who manages it, shares some highlights from Gene’s personal library. It was part of her private collection of books and when she moved to California with the idea of making her books into movies, it was shipped out there (although Wildflower Woods remained in the family). When Jeanette (Gene’s daughter) was closing out her mother’s estate, she offered the personal library to the State of Indiana for the cost of shipping (roughly 18 dollars). Included are a childhood schoolbook with the only known instance of where she signed her name Geneva (a name she disliked and legally changed to Gene as soon as possible), a book from a leading naturalist of the day proving they knew each other, and a book sent by an inspired naturalist from Australia. Fox speculates on the unusual relationship between Gene and her husband and strongly disagrees with the idea often bandied about that it was a “Victorian divorce” because they didn’t live together in later years. For evidence Fox produces a book he found in the collection warmly inscribed by her husband and that it contained a label showing it had been given with a box a chocolates from Charles to Gene on her birthday in 1918 and holds that their relationship was closer than has generally been assumed.

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.

Travel Times I Know Nothing About Laura Ingalls Wilder Trips

December 16, 2014
De Smet New Perspectives

De Smet New Perspectives

A lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans aspire to take a Laura Ingalls Wilder trip, this podcast is the perfect place to get started.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/04/23/travel-times-i-know-nothing-about-laura-ingalls-wilder-trips

Specific things you’ll want to know about various Laura Ingalls Wilder Homesites from my previous episode:

Episode 3 - Laura Ingalls Wilder Vacations – Planning a Laura trip? Get some thoughts and information to help start your planning.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2011/01/17/trundlebed-tales-ep-3–laura-ingalls-wilder-vacati

Take along:

  • Little House Guidebook by William T. Anderson (any edition) – Be aware that you need to double check for current information for museum hours, etc. Tells you what there is to see at each homesite. Make it your Laura travel Bible. :)
  • Diary of Visits by Evelyn Thurman – Sadly now out of print – More of the format I was there this year and this is what I saw, I went back and this is what I saw, some great suggestions of what to see and do
  • Blank Notebook to Record Memories of Your Laura trip
  • Paper State Map for each state you’ll visit, preferably one for each homesite town

Some general tips:

  • Planning is important and ask questions
  • Don’t try to take the train
  • I’m using term homesite in terms of the entire town where Laura Ingalls Wilder museums are located
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites are small towns
  • Prepare for Midwest weather
  • Progression of restaurants by size of town: Bars, Subway’s Sandwhiches, Hardee’s/Carl Jr., Burger King, McDonalds
    if you get to McDonalds there will be lots of other options (unless right on Interstate)
  • Stay in campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, motels, and hotels, may not be in the same town

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.

 

 

$100 in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lapdesk

December 14, 2014

trundlebedtales:

UPDATE: Revisiting a great post.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

The Lapdesk Story

A story that always gets me is the $100 lost in the lapdesk as told in On the Way Home. I can feel Laura’s joy and then her desperation and then her jubilation at finally getting the money into the bank to put down on the place. This story always means a lot to me so I thought it would be a good one to explore. Just how much was that $100 worth?

Learn more about the Lapdesk in this video, including the best theory I’ve heard about where the money was:

Calculating the Value of Money

One of the things that people have trouble understanding is how the value of money changed over the years. It’s one of the concepts that I try to get across as a historic interpreter. I thought the $100 in 1894 would be a great example. Using money to measure…

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Annual Christmas Shopping Guide 2014

December 11, 2014

We’re running a little late this year, but there’s still time to get that perfect gift for your Laura fan under the tree before Christmas. Whether you are looking for the perfect present for the Laura Ingalls Wilder fan in your life or just what you want to know what to put on your Christmas want list, check out these suggestions.

This is the fifth year I’ve put together a shopping guide. Check the first post for basic gift ideas. So read that first and instead in this post look for new items, other ideas and then a list of which Laura homesites are offering Christmas mail order and the cut off dates for shipping by Christmas this year. Trundlebed Tales encourages you to do at least a little Christmas shopping from the Laura homesites because they are all local museums, highly dependent on admissions and gift shop revenue to stay open and preserve the homesites for Laura fans, so do your part.

Most of the presents that I suggested in 2011 and 2012  and 2013 are still available so take a look at past year’s posts for more ideas.

 

 

The big Laura release of the year is Pioneer Girl, an annotated published version of Laura’s autobiography, written as a precursor to the “Little House” books. Laura fans self-define themselves and be aware this won’t be appreciated by all “Laura fans.” Scope out whether they’ve read Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder by John E. Miller or anything by William Anderson and that they haven’t already gotten a copy before you buy. My brother is getting me mine for Christmas. While Amazon is still not shipping ordered copies most of the homesites mentioned when I called that they have copies available.

If they didn’t get it last year, then you’ll definitely want to get the new last year Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Walnut Grove by William T. Anderson. A new book from Bill is always big news and this one ties together all sorts of new information together about Walnut Grove in addition with classic photos that you won’t see anywhere else. It’s available at many of the homesites. Also, from William Anderson they’ve republished Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Book & Audio CD). It was originally published in the mid-1990s when it was released with an cassette tape. Look for a full report soon. So far I’ve only seen it on Christian Book Distributors, an online retailer (they have great prices, but will continue to e-mail you if you buy from them once). Hopefully it will expand to more sources soon.

The Ingalls Homestead is offering free shipping on hardcover sets and all other orders over $150 made before 10 am Dec 18.  These will be shipping UPS Ground.  They are continuing to sell their sets of books in a wooden crate. They report several people have been picking up Pioneer girl with the hardback set as a group present and to take advantage of the free shipping.

The Loftus Store, while not technically a homesite, was mentioned in the books and is a can’t miss stop for Laura fans in De Smet. They always have some unique Laura items. Nothing new from this year, but last year they reported that they brought back some nice pieces that haven’t been available for awhile. A linen wall hanging (an original from the 1980s, long has been on display at the Loftus Store and much asked about) has been reproduced with the same design as a poster. Also, the first in a series of pewter plates that were originally sold by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in the 1970s ($40 plus $10 shipping) was released last year. They intend to eventually reproduce the entire series, but want to sell most of the current issue before they move on to the rest, so help buy them out and we’ll get the next one. :) A final brand new last year item was an accurate paper model pattern of Pa’s store. The Loftus Store is also one of my favorite places to shop for Laura T-shirts with the tie-dye girls fit top being the closest I’ve found to truly hot weather gear in any homesite town.

While previous ornaments are still available including the great glass ball ornaments (you can only get that site’s ornament through that site – e.g. you just can get Spring Valley’s ornament from the Spring Valley giftshop, you can only get the Pepin ornament in the Pepin gift shop, etc.). Do you have yours? Also, specifically check with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet. They have put out their first two porcelain ornaments. Each has 22 karat gold edging and a full color illustration taken from Garth Williams’s work. You can get them gift boxed.

Walnut Grove, which is another glass ball ornament site, hasn’t created a special Christmas specials page this year, but is still offering these specials from this fall. Walnut Grove points out their signed Miss Beadle Tote Bag $37.50 and that in addition to their continuing offer to get Alison Arngrim to sign her book (personalized), you can also get My Prairie Cookbook signed by Melissa Gilbert.

One of the most expensive pieces in my personal collection is the replica of Laura’s engagement ring that I posted about. Laura’s engagement ring is still getting a lot of reaction from people when I wear it if they haven’t heard of it before.  You can still get yours for Christmas and be the one flashing the ring at the next Laura event you attend, but the sooner you order the better. Find it in Walnut Grove’s online store Souvenir section, click and then scroll down. And if you’re looking for a treat for your special Laura dog, get some of the Jack’s Treats. I can’t say enough about how much my dog Blue loves these treats. He insists I add some to every Walnut Grove order. (I would insert a photo of Blue eating said treats but he eats them so fast I’ve yet to get a photo where you can see more than a blur.) They also have some great new sweatshirt designs.

This year the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet has taken my unofficial title of cutest Jack available. In fact, I bought one for my collection this summer and when my niece and nephew insisted that I get one for each of them for Christmas, despite the fact that they each got a Jack last year. You’ll love it too.

De Smet Jack 2014

De Smet Jack 2014

The Almanzo Wilder Farm in Malone/Burke says “The shop is stocked with books for all ages, including, of course, Farmer Boy and the “Little House” series, history books about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Wilder family, coloring books, cookbooks, music, and DVDs. We still have old-fashioned bonnets and straw hats, mugs, postcards, note cards, small toys, and more so save time for shopping. Be sure to check out our online store http://www.almanzowilderfarm.com

After trying multiple times on different days to get in touch with Mansfield I’ve given up. You might have better luck try contacting them at the information below.

And don’t forget you can also get your Laura fan gift memberships to the museums or a donation in your Laura fan’s name!

Walnut Grove MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Phone 1-800-528-7280

Last Day for Priority Mail – December 19, 2014

Check out their specials from this fall.

De Smet SD

Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, Click on  The Gift Shop

Phone 1-800-880-3383

Last Day for Priority Mail – December 17, 2014

Ingalls Homestead

Phone: 1-800-776-3594

Last Day for Priority Mail – before noon on December 20, 2014, call if questions

They have a specials page.

Loftus Store

Phone: 605-854-3773 (Ignore the toll free number on the site, it’s no long valid)

Last Day for Priority Mail – December 15, 2014

Mansfield MO

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum

Phone 1-877-924-7126 (Toll free)

This is their information from last year, but again I’ve tried their main number between 10 and 2 multiple days, good luck. “You can order online or by phone, but call if you have questions or want something you aren’t seeing online. Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm are best, but you should be able to reach someone from 10 am – 2pm Monday through Friday. Orders will be shipped Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.”

Malone NY

Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm

farm@alamanzowilderfarm.com

Malone said for their set up, online ordering has a quicker response during the off season.  If you’d rather order by phone or have a question e-mail them and they’ll either e-mail a response or call you, so please include your phone number. They didn’t respond with a date this year, so it’s up to you.

Spring Valley MN

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum (Store not online, but they are one of the glass ball ornament sites)

wilderinspringvalley@hotmail.com

Recommends using e-mail to order for Christmas, but you may want to include your phone number in the e-mail so they can get back to you with questions quickly. If you remember from last year they did get a new credit card machine, so you can pay by credit card again.

Last Day for Priority – December 15, 2014

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum

Phone (563) 735-5916

The best way for people to shop during the winter is through the website gift shop and then pay through Paypal. They can email the museum with questions. They are no longer accepting checks for orders because of some bad check incidents.

Last Day for Priority – December 10, 2014

Pepin WI

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Off season ordering is only online, through e-mail. Contact them through their contact form.
Last Day for Priority – Not giving a last day, it’s up to the customer

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.

Pearl Harbor Anniversary

December 7, 2014

We are still celebrating the 50th anniversary of World War II.  50 years ago in 1944 was the year of D-Day.  Next year will bring the anniversaries of V-E Day and V-J Day from 1945. Today marks the 54th  anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.Herring Stone

I can’t even imagine the horror of that day. The attack, the oil burning on the water, the men caught in pockets of air under the water, whose knocking was slowly stopping and when they tried to rescue them the air often escaped when they cut in before they could get a big enough hole to get them out. Still we were lucky the Japanese sunk most of the ships in the harbor and we could raise them and use them again. Black tears, drops of oil, still slowly rise off the USS Arizona.

I had a personal connection with the Pearl Harbor attack. My grandmother always kept her high school yearbook. It meant a lot to her. She’d put silver stars on the boys in it who had been wounded in the war and gold stars on the ones who were killed. It included a photo of James Herring. He’d been in Iowa City High a few years ahead of her and he was killed in the attack. Every year I put flowers on his grave at Memorial Day. Remember to spare a thought today for Herring and all the members of the armed forces who fell that day.

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.

Gene Stratton-Porter Video Part 9

December 5, 2014
Doug Stratton and Eric Grayson

Doug Stratton and Eric Grayson

Back in January I had posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was, but I haven’t done a good job following up with posts about the following videos. Today I’m going to share September’s posted video.

Video 8 is called “September 2014: A Conversation with Eric Grayson.” It was published on YouTube on September 26, 2014.

They say about it: “In this month’s episode, Doug speaks with film historian, Eric Grayson, regarding Gene’s films and film preservation.”

They talk about the surviving Gene Stratton-Porter films and note that the 1940 version of Laddie: A True Blue Story plays the best with modern audiences. Laddie is my favorite of the books and was my Grandma Uthoff’s favorite as well. He mentions the rights problems with the films. Jeanette Porter, Gene’s daughter, kept her mother’s legacy alive and worked to keep the books before the public. Unfortunately one of these contracts keeps Turner Classic Movies, who own the RKO library, from showing the movie. Grayson also discusses various methods of film preservation. They also address the politics of film preservation. Then discussion turns to the difference in movie making in the 1940s and today. Also, through the film they have a great montage of Stratton-Porter photos.

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.

November 2014 Mentions

December 3, 2014

Wading in Plum Creek Our mentions posts are round ups of articles and mentions of Sarah Uthoff or Trundlebed Tales in the media from the previous month, plus sometimes some bonuses that I’ve just come across from earlier months.

I had a great visit to Estherville and I think they enjoyed it.
http://esthervilledailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/520381/A-walk-on-the-Wilder-side.html

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.

December 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

December 2, 2014

Even though almost all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites close down sometime during the fall, a couple re-open for a special Christmas event. I really thought I’d get to the Christmas event at Mansfield (they take a photo of you in the living room – want to go so badly!) but I’m going to be presenting at Hoover instead, not a bad deal. If you go, please share photos.

West Branch, IA -
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – Christmas Past event – West Branch, Iowa -
http://www.nps.gov/heho/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=237606-206081

  • Friday, Dec 5: Storytelling 6:30pm – 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec 6 – Packing Up 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Xmas invite

Pepin, WI –
Open for the town of Pepin celebration, Hometown Holidays, December 6, 2014 – December 7, 2014 (all-day).
http://pepinwisconsin.com/hometown-holidays

De Smet, SD -
They don’t have a Christmas event, but the Memorial Society open all year including this month with slightly reduced hours during winter. They will close December 22-January 1 for Christmas and New Years.

Mansfield, MO -
Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). They are having a one day Christmas event Friday, December 5, 2014, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Check out their invitation and suggestions for Christmas gifts from their giftshop.

Malone/Burke, NY –
Christmas With Almanzo event Saturday, December 6th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Spring Valley, MN –
Director Julie Mlinar shared about their annual Christmas teas: “They reopen for Christmas teas. Teas will be Dec. 6-7 with sittings at 12:30 pm each day. It is a full lunch set in a Victorian home that was built in 1888. Reservations required for the teas. The cost for the tea is $10. They will also be having house tours that same week-end from 1pm-4pm each day.  The cost for the tours is $7 and includes three area homes. For more info call 507-346-7659.”

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

In addition to the Christmas events, there are Laura Ingalls Wilder plays all around the country. I’m listing the entire season’s worth below so you can make plans if one is in your regional area:

Fort Wayne, Indiana (they are incredibly vague on their website about where the production will actually be held since they describe themselves as a traveling repertory company, but the performance dates and the office contact information is listed below) – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks, Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Basic Information (dates, ticket prices, etc.):
https://allforonefw.wordpress.com
Information about and photo of cast:
https://allforonefw.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/rehearsing-with-music
3901 South Wayne Ave, Fort Wayne, IN 46807, (260) 745-4364

Sarah Uthoff dressed as 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder by Bonnet Tree

Sarah Uthoff dressed as 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder by Bonnet Tree

 

Ashland, Kentucky -Paramount Arts Center -A Little House Christmas, Dec. 4, 2014 (Note: One night only)
Basic Information:
http://paramountartscenter.com/portfolio/a-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas/
Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101, 606.324.0007

Eau Claire, Wisconsin – ECCT – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 2014
Basic Information:
http://www.ecct.org/showdetails.cfm?showid=49
Audition Information:
http://chippewa.com/entertainment/local/ecct-holds-auditions-for-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas/article_afec768b-f914-5b89-85ea-8f866982d0dd.html
ECCT, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, info@ecct.org, 715-839-8877

Traverse City, Michigan – Old Town Playhouse – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Dec. 8-9, 2014
Basic Information:
http://www.oldtownplayhouse.com/young-co/productions/a-laura-ingalls-wilder-christmas.html
Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth Street, P.O. Box 262, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Knoxville, Tennessee (also very vague about where production will actually be held, I’m assuming on campus) – In co-production with The WordPlayers, Pellissippi State’s Theatre program – A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas – Dec. 12-13, 2014
Basic Information:
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=pstcc
Pellissippi State, Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990, 865.694.6400

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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