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 Director Steve Luse has been replaced by a long term staff member.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.

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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.

Caddie Woodlawn

March 11, 2014

I started working on this post when a reminder came through for the author’s December 28th birthday so I’m taking the fact that I’ve finally finished it up means I’m making progress with my To Do List.

The Caddie Woodlawn House is located in Dunn County, Wisconsin. That’s the county directly North of Pepin and many people who make the trip to either Caddie Woodlawn’s House or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthplace in Pepin, Wisconsin, will do both. The late lamented Little House Store in Lund, WI carried merchandise for both. Personally I’ve never made the trip yet because when the choice is to stay in Pepin a little while longer and go North, so far I’ve always wanted to stay in Pepin more.

Carol Ryrie Brink was a professional author who wrote books both for children and adults, poetry, and plays. Her most famous book was Caddie Woodlawn based on the real life stories her grandmother told her about growing up on the frontier of Wisconsin. The Caddie Woodlawn House is where her grandmother really lived. Brink herself never lived in Wisconsin, but she spent childhood summers visiting relatives. When Brink decided to write about her grandmother’s stories she was living in France with her husband, but she vividly remembered her grandmother’s stories and added to her information with letters and questionnaires sent back and forth from her grandmother to France. The Brinks returned to Wisconsin and somewhat to their astonishment found the old family house still standing right where her grandmother described (legal records confirmed its identity). They also talked to old timers in the area, confirming some of her grandmother’s stories and adding others. Some of the stories are absolutely real, others are borrowed from other old timers, and some are made up. The book was published before her grandmother’s death and the real Caddie had the satisfaction of knowing her stories wouldn’t be forgotten. Caddie Woodlawn won the Newbery Medal in 1936 and continued to be a best seller up to the 1980s. Brink wrote a sequel called Magic Melons in 1944. Like Laura, her books featured a spunky heroine who loved being a pioneer. Unlike Laura, Caddie’s family had to make a choice to stay in Wisconsin or not when her father unexpectedly inherits the family title when his older brother dies without an heir (there was bad blood with the family because they cut him off after he married beneath him). There is a more fantasy and less everyday experience in these stories than in Laura’s books, but they are a good read. Regrettably Brink did include a scalp belt which while common in literature of the day, has been researched and shown to be a wholly fictional device (in any story). This among other things has brought protests against the books.

I looked around to find a video of their site and while the opening and part of the narration of this one talks about ghosts, I wanted to share it because it does a great job of showing the park and what there is to see.

Here are some more photos of the site.
Here is a PDF of their brochure:
http://www.visitpepincounty.com/Caddie.pdf

If you have visited the park yourself, share what it was like. Otherwise you may want to consider adding a Caddie stop on your next Laura Ingalls Wilder trip to Pepin.

For more biographical information see:
“Carol Ryrie Brink.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

For more on the story behind the book see:
Montgomery, Elizabeth Rider. “Remembered Yesterdays: Caddie Woodlawn–Brink, 1935.” The Story Behind Modern Books. New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1949. 186-192. Rpt. in Children’s Literature Review. Ed. Dana Ferguson. Vol. 149. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.

Note: The Story Behind Modern Books was originally published as a book and while I didn’t get it out today, I do have a copy of it. I think any Laura fan or children’s literature buff would want a copy for their collection.

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 on Dakota Life

March 9, 2014

trundlebedtales:

Update: Not a lot to update here. The video is still available and I still think it’s a really good story. This is one of my top 20 most viewed posts that I’m re-sharing. It doesn’t look like they’re updating the Dakota Life playlist on YouTube anymore. I don’t see any stories from it uploaded to the channel since before early 2012. Also, they haven’t yet played the second story about Pioneer Girl, but I guess they will play a version of it when or IF Pioneer Girl is released.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

At De Smet Pageant 2009

At De Smet Pageant 2009

You might have heard me mention something about having to get to De Smet after LauraPalooza this last year. This news story and a second that I think they’ve delayed on Pioneer Girl are why. Dakota Life is a TV magazine on South Dakota Public Television. Larry Rohrer is the host. You can watch it now at the link below.

http://watch.sdpb.org/video/2365005935

They also have a Dakota Life playlist on the South Dakota Public Television YouTube channel, but so far this isn’t there.

(The photo on the left is from a previous trip where several of the LIWLRA board members met up there and as you can see we had a picnic while waiting for the show to start.I’m afraid it’s about the only shot of myself at the pageant.)

There is an unrelated story first up on the episode (a church is delivering charity parcels to…

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Did They REALLY Say THAT?

March 7, 2014

I was inspired to do this blog post after seeing one from the New York Public Library turn up in my Twitter feed. http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/11/22/how-to-research-quotations

A lot of the resources they give in the post require subscriptions, although the list of quote books is a good one and the titles you should be able to access in most medium to large public libraries. So I decided to put together a list of sources available for anyone. Before you pass on a quote, check and make sure it isn’t false.

There are many reasons people create false quotes. Sometimes they know they are making them up and attribute them to someone or some other time to help prove a point they are making. That’s the case with things like the Rules for Teachers 1872. Other times reporters help a quote along to make it sound better or worse depending on your point of view. For instance, former GM President and Chief Executive Charles E. Wilson’s quote “I cannot conceive of one, because for years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country.” became “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” And sometimes people think something sounds better when someone important and well thought of said it, like quote magnets George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Mark Twain. Here’s a small round up of very popular misquotes:
http://www.phrases.org.uk/quotes/misquotes

To find out for yourself whether someone actually said something or not check out these web resources:

Browse Snopes Quotation Posts or search for a specific quote.

Search for a quote on the Quote Investigator. The search box is kind of hard to see, but is in the black line under the header. Also, you can check under the person’s page (linked to in the right hand column on their website) if you see someone whose quote you want to confirm or disprove.

Check out the Spurious Quotes pages for institutions that represent famously misquoted people and from others including:

I’m going to post a version of this at a later date on the Kirkwood Community College Library blog, so if anybody has some additional resource links I’d be glad to share them.

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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