Posts Tagged ‘Sarah S. Uthoff’

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

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:

- 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 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.

Mentions August 2013

September 4, 2013

BrandonIn August the Chicago Tribune included a lovely report by Sam Weller about his Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. Weller is widely known for his work on Ray Bradbury. Find him on Twitter at: @Sam__Weller
The article includes a shout out to me: “There is a popular podcast, “Trundlebed Tales,” hosted and produced by Laura Ingalls Wilder scholar Sarah S. Uthoff.” LauraPalooza and Laura Days in Pepin also get shoutouts.

I listed these next two last month, but since both speaking engagements are coming up in September I wanted to repeat them.

Did you know you could find me here?

September 4, 2011

I’ve recently been surprised by finding some people I knew on one social media network on another. I don’t think we always do a great job letting people know where all we are. So here’s a current rundown.




Google +

Linked In



Blog Talk Radio

I also sometimes blog on

April Update

April 7, 2011

I’m trying  a new feature. I’m going to do a quick 15 minute update of what Laura events are coming up in the next month. Let me know if you enjoy it or find it helpful. I’m not sure, but thought I’d give it a try.

What’s missing from the gap is that I don’t approve everybody who requests on Facebook, but I do approve Laura fans, please put in a note so I realize that’s why you’re asking.

Listen to internet radio with Trundlebedtales on Blog Talk Radio

Take a Bite Out of History

April 1, 2011
Baking on a wood burning stove

Baking at Ushers Ferry

My radio show’s, Trundlebed Tales Radio, primary focus is Laura Ingalls Wilder. However, I think understanding Laura requires understanding things she knew and experienced in her life. You start researching Laura and then you want a Laura dress, you want to make the stuff she and Ma made, and each step you take along Laura fandom draws you deeper into wanting to know more about life in the 19th century. So from time to time the show will do a special episode where we look at food history and it’s current practice.

My first historic foodways episode will air Sunday, April 3, 2011 6 PM ET, 5 PM CT, 4 PM MT and 3 PM PT. Take a Bite Out of History: Biscuits will feature the same basic information I used when doing the “prairie meal” section of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Patch at Ushers Ferry.–take-a-bite-out-of-history-biscuits

Call in and listen or talk at:  (714) 242-5253 or toll free 1-877-633-9389

I’m still experimenting with what times bring in the largest live audience. So far week night seem to do better, but I’m giving the weekend another chance. Hopefully soon I’ll settle on a regular broadcast pattern although it might be interrupted depending on when interviewees are available.

Declare Your Independence

March 21, 2011

Independence Sign 1999

Trundlebed Tales Radio Show’s next interview is going to be with Michelle Martin. Martin is the historical director of the Little House on the Prairie Museum and we will look at both the history and the future of the site. This is Independence, Kansas, not Independence, Missouri which the entire length of the state away. Declare your Independence and tune in.

Trundlebed Tales Ep 8 – Michelle Martin of the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas – Wednesday,  March 23, 2011
10 PM EST, 9 PM CST, 8 PM MST and 7 PM PST.–michelle-martin-of-indpendence

Call in (714) 242-5253 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (714) 242-5253 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or toll free 1-877-633-9389 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-877-633-9389 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Or Chat while you Stream Live Episodes

Afterwards visit the same link for the archive or download it from Podcasts on iTunes.

One of our listeners tonight LauriOH kindly shared this link for her photos of Independence.

Sarah in the Communique

February 26, 2011

The Kirkwood Community College newspaper is called The Communique. Written and produced by students, they recently decided to do a news article on me and the Trundlebed Tales Radio Show.

Read it here:

Interviews 1 and 2 on Trundlebed Tales Radio

February 22, 2011

Trundlebed Tales Radio had its first interview with Nicole Elzenga of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.  It aired live January 26, 2011, but you can still listen to it.–nicole-elzenga-of-walnut-grove

Their website:

There is a gap at one point where my voice cuts out for about 30 seconds, but I come back.

Interview number 2 was with Barb Mayes Boustead of NOAA who talked about weather and Laura and her presentation at Laurapalooza about whether the Long Winter was really as bad as Laura said. It aired live Monday, February 21, 2011, but you can still listen to it live here:–barb-mayes-boustead

Find her blog here:

or find all the archived episode on iTunes

Again, there is a gap of about 30 seconds at one point, but we come back.

The next episode will be Trundlebed Tales Ep 7 – One-Room Schools: An Introduction
– Wednesday,  March 9, 2011
10 PM EST, 9 PM CST, 8 PM MST and 7 PM PST.

If you’re around in real time, you can stream it and participate in a live chat.–one-room-schools-an-introduction

You can also call in to (714) 242-5253 or toll free 1-877-633-9389 to hear it–just listen, or talk to me live.

Tune in to Trundlebed Tales

February 21, 2011

Join us to talk with Barb Moyes Boustead, weather expert and Laura fan on Trundlebed Tales Radio.

Trundlebed Tales Episode 6 – Barb Mayes Boustead – Monday,  February 21, 2011
10 PM EST, 9 PM CST, 8 PM MST and 7 PM PST–barb-mayes-boustead

New Program Added: What a Doll!

January 19, 2011

Laura and Mary Dolls on Display in Pepin Museum

Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a DOLL!

Once we review the basic information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, we examine through photos the history of the different dolls created in the likeness of Laura Ingalls Wilder or created as souvenirs. Which dolls do you need for your collection. Sarah appears in a costume matching the only Laura doll so far created as “old” Laura and brings that doll along in person.  (NOTE: This program works best as a PowerPoint.)

This is a program I first put on for the Bussey Doll Event in Mt. Pleasant. I have extended it since then and learned a lot more about Laura dolls.

The program includes everything from the hickory nut head dolls sold by Mansfield in the 1960s to the Ingalls family of dolls by Ashton Drake to the dolls made and sold in Walnut Grove. Plus a look at the Charlotte dolls.


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