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.

Country School Association of America Conference 2014

March 24, 2014

Editor’s Note: The registration for the CSAA conference for 2014 to be hosted in St. Joseph, Missouri is now open.

One-Room School on Ingalls Homestead De Smet SD

One-Room School on Ingalls Homestead
De Smet SD

Find the details in Richard Lewis’s message below. Also find them on Facebook. I’m going to be doing a brand new presentation at this conference on what people learn about one-room schools from Laura Ingalls Wilder. – SSU

On behalf of the Country School Association of America, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend our 14th annual conference, held this year from Sunday, June 15th through Wednesday, June 18th at the Pony Express National Museum  in St. Joseph, Missouri, just outside Kansas City.  Again this year, you have a wide range of choices for registration and payment:  

1)  Online registration with payment by credit card

2)  Online registration with payment by mail (check)

3)  Paper registration with payment by mail (check)

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Please check out the attached CSAA 2014 Conf Info & Registration to gain a better understanding of the conference and registration process before you register.  I will notify you via email when the Conference Program Guide is available on our website.

*** IMPORTANT ***  In the ‘online’ registration process, when you see the big “green button” below, select your choice of payment at that time.  (check or credit card as indicated below).  Both payment methods accomplish the full registration process, but the credit option requires you pay “before you submit”, while the check option allows you to pay “after you submit” by mailing a check to the address provided.

To register online, go to our website at  www.CountrySchoolAssociation.org  and click on the Annual Conference in the left menu bar.

Annual Conference financial aid and work exchange program deadlines are fast approaching.  Check under Awards & Grants in the left menu bar of our website.

Every year we organize a conference where we invite a diverse group of participants from many different organizations, museums, academic institutions as well as cultural and heritage centers. Each year, we provide museum personnel, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians and re-enactors from across the country, with an intimate forum to exchange ideas, discuss their current activities, programs and issues with colleagues in the field.  With such an energetic atmosphere, wide choice of activities, dynamic events, educational sessions and networking opportunities, you do not want to miss this event.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Pony Express National Museum, in St. Joseph, Missouri  in June. 

Should further information be required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks,
Richard Lewis
CSAA

Christmas Tree Ornaments

March 22, 2014

trundlebedtales:

UPDATE: Although they are not part of the working together set I was talking about, I’ve just heard from Mansfield directly and they also have ornaments that match so you can add those to your set. The Ingalls Homestead did previously, but are currently changing vendors. As soon as they let me know they have more, I’ll let you know.

UPDATE 2: More of this set continue to come out including a limited edition one for the 40th anniversary of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, MN.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

I had heard about this last year, but until I actually hit the homesites this year and saw them for myself, I didn’t fully understand the genius of what they did.  Last year I heard individually from several of the homesites that they had unveiled a handpainted glass christmas ball ornament depicting their site. I thought some clever seller had hit all the sites, but no, this wasn’t an individual decision, they were working together. They very cleverly created a series of four ornaments, one each depicting Walnut Grove, Burr Oak, Spring Valley, and Pepin. But, and here is the genius, although all four are displayed at each site you can only by that particular site’s ornament at that site or by mail order from that site (for example, I bought Pepin’s at Pepin and it’s only available there). So you have to buy each one at a different homesite to complete…

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A Round Up of Articles About Walnut Grove MN

March 20, 2014
Dugout Interior

Dugout Interior

Last year I decided that I need to make it easier to find articles on certain topics and it was time to hold a good old-fashioned round up. I got Pepin and Independence done and then I got distracted with other projects and topics. I still think it’s a good idea so I’m going to pick up where I left off.

These posts are all about Walnut Grove, Minnesota, on the banks of Plum Creek. Walnut Grove is one of the smaller Laura homesite towns, but they still have multiple sites, the museum, the dugout site, Pa’s church bell, and the pageant among others. Be aware you can came in town, but there is no motel there.

40th Anniversary Reunion Podcast 1:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/walnut-grove-tv-show-reunion-report-1

Depot on Museum Grounds:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/walnut-grove-depot

Family Research:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/family-tree-hunt

Grasshopper Invasion – 2010 in Australia:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/locusts-attack-australia

Interview with Nicole Elzenga:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/trundlebedtalesinterviews

Newsletter:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/01/08/walnut-grove-newsletter-fallwinter-2007
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/06/12/walnut-grove-newsletter

Souvenirs:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/new-treasures-august-2013

Visits

Roving Reports 2011:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/roving-reports-from-de-smet-sd

Wading in Plum Creek:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/wading-in-the-creek

Pageant

Pageant 2009:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/walnut-grove-pageant-quickly

Pageant 2012:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/walnut-grove-pageant-2012

Walnut Grove Part of LauraPalooza 2010 Video Diaries

Sleepy Eye

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/28/video-diary-sleepy-eye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FkuOJ5zFcs&feature=related

Walnut Grove – Part 1

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/30/video-diary-walnut-grove-pt-1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEao0NLEq14&feature=related

Pa’s church bell, actual walnut grove town is named for, and pageant grounds.

Walnut Grove – Part 2

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/30/video-diary-walnut-grove-pt-2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COlpfK8T2n8&feature=related

Dugout Site, pageant supper, and downtown Walnut Grove.

Day 6 – July 18, 2010 – Last Day

Part 1

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/31/video-blog-last-day-part-1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3a36QyngVo&feature=related

We look around Walnut Grove. Walnut Grove Museum, Dugout Site Memorial and Dugout Site.

Part 2

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/31/video-blog-last-day-part-2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buJQ2LGNSII&feature=related

The drive home. Thanks for watching!

Tracy, Minnesota

Tracy Tornado:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/tracy-tornado

Valentine Inn:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/valentine-inn-in-tracy-mn

TV Show Locations:
http://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/lord-is-my-shepherd

Related One More on the Way Posts

Sign by Windom, Minnesota
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/11/outside-of-windom-mn

Fond Memories
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/07/08/and-one-more-fond-memories

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.

Being George

March 18, 2014

Historic Re-enacting is the process of putting yourself as much as possible into a different period of time and recreating the past. This is a widespread hobby, although it’s a bit on the wane as many history related things are right now. It’s also a diverse hobby and ranges from soldiers from French-Indian War to World War II to famous people to farm families to the newest trend 1930s sites. Every once in awhile a story about it will make the mainstream and I want to share one of those examples, find Being George a documentary film (about 37 minutes) at the website below.

http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2013/12/being_george.html

Although I wasn’t aware of the political fuss around this particular contest, in fact contests to who gets to be somebody aren’t something I’ve heard of before in re-enacting, I liked several points about it.

MOMCC Party 2013

MOMCC Party 2013

1. These are clearly sane people with an interest. You may or may not like each of the four individuals focused on, but they are all clearly sane. A lot of times the reporters in these kind of stories look for same kind of people they like to describe how the tornado sounded (see a very funny riff on a Jeff Foxworthy CD).

2. They cover the different ways people get into re-enacting.

3. They talk about the difficulty and the costs involved in getting accurate clothes and equipment.

4. Although there usually aren’t contests like this, having multiple people wanting to be the “Important” person (for example, Lee or Grant) can be an issue.

5. It shows growing pains of an organization and the importance of setting things up right.

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.

Where did Albert come from?

March 16, 2014

trundlebedtales:

UPDATE: Not a lot to update since I originally posted this. People are still asking where Albert came from and this is in my top 20 highest ranking posts. I can add that Patrick Laborteaux (Matthew’s brother) who played Andrew Garvey on Little House on the Prairie went on to play Lt. Cmdr. Bud Roberts on the series JAG. Today you can follow him on Twitter. Looks like he hasn’t check in lately, but when he has an upcoming project he goes active. https://twitter.com/PLabyorteaux

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

One of the biggest blows for TV show fans seems to be that Albert Ingalls did not exist in real life. Like many other characters and plots on the show, he came from Michael Landon’s imagination and I think probably in answer to a similar thought to one Dean Butler will express in the next issue of “The Homesteader”, “What’s Little Joe doing on a show with a bunch of little girls?”  Here’s what Landon himself said about the creation of the character shortly before his debut on the show. (The People article also features information about the other kids in cast and more background on the Laborteaux brothers, but you’ll have to get a copy for yourself!)
“Michael Landon’s Gutsy TV Kids Have Faced Bigger Problems in Life than on the
Prairie” by Sue Reilly. People Weekly Sept. 11, 1978  This quote appears on p. 96.

“Patrick [Laborteaux] joined…

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Wolf Howls

March 14, 2014

When you think of prairie today, people think of prairie grasses, prairie dogs, buffalo, and wolves. During the time Laura Ingalls Wilder describes in her books, the prairie grasses are getting plowed under and the buffalo are being hunted towards extinction (it’s a fairly miraculous story why they didn’t disappear, but that’s a story for another post). Wolves, however, are an important part of the stories. A pack of wolves surround Pa while he’s hunting in Kansas and later a group of wolves surround the house and howl. Later in the then Dakota Territory, Carrie and Laura go running across the ice and discover a pair of wolves revisiting their old den on Silver Lake. What did those howling wolves sound like? Naturalists at Yellowstone Natural Park have recorded their howls. I couldn’t find a good way to isolate the wolf howls, so follow the link, scroll down to Winter Wolves and play the recording. Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a little log cabin surrounded by wolves in Montgomery County, Kansas Territory.

http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/sonics.htm

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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