September 2015 Presentations

September 1, 2015
Sarah and Little Horse

Sarah and Little Horse

Only one presentation this month, but it’s a great one. Come and see me share a stage with William Anderson and enjoy an all around great family event.

Laura Days in Pepin WI (Sept. 12-13, 2015) -Pepin WI – Sept. 12, 2015 – 2:00pm
http://www.lauradays.org/uploads/3/1/0/7/31071209/wa_schedule.pdf

But even if there isn’t a program scheduled near you, 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. I’m really excited about my “In the Kitchen With Laura” program for this summer. If you are looking for a program, check them out.  Learn more here:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/programs.html

And check out my brochure:
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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

September 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August 31, 2015
Pepin Laura Days

Pepin Laura Days

Other than July, September is about the busiest month for Laura events. September has special weekend long events scheduled on back to back weekends in Pepin and Mansfield, the annual special Laura event at the Hoover Museum, and Malone featuring the Civil War. Sadly I’m not presenting at Hoover this year, but I’ll be speaking with William Anderson at Laura Days in Pepin. So plan your trip now. :)

Pepin WI

Laura Days – September 12-13, 2015
With speakers William T. Anderson and Sarah Uthoff

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Evening (7:30 pm) Performance Dates (rain or shine):

  • September 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2015

Morning (10:30 am) Performances: Sept. 19
Wilder Festival is Sept. 19

They also have offered a coupon this year.

Malone/Burke NY

Find their calendar list with more details here.

Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment Sept. 26 & 27, 2015 10 am – 4 pm

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch, Iowa

Editor of the newly released book, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, Pamela Smith Hill, will speak at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m on Labor Day, September 7

 

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Graves of Hoover’s Parents

August 28, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Revisiting a classic post. Do you know where Herbert Hoover’s parents are buried?

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Graves of Hoover's Parents Graves of Hoover’s Parents

I have been involved with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for some time. I even spent a couple of summers volunteering at the historic site. They are both located in West Branch, Iowa which was where Hoover was born and raised.

Herbert Hoover’s own grave and of that of Lou Henry his wife was central to the story we shared. Hoover had asked that he be buried on a hill overlooking the birthplace cottage. They set it up and actively seek to maintain a line of sight between the back porch of the birthplace cottage and the grave site and vice versa. Be sure you take the time to notice that if you visit West Branch.

As important as the Hoover graves are to the story we tell, I’m surprised to say it never occurred to me to think…

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Humanities Iowa

August 25, 2015
Sarah at the Toledo Lincoln Highway Bridge

Sarah at the Toledo Lincoln Highway Bridge

You may not heard of Humanities Iowa before, but you should make a point to learn about them now.

Humanities Iowa is an affiliate of the National Endowments for the Humanities. Each year they fund exhibits, events, publications, films, and of course speakers to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, culture, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation.

Of special interest is that they fund speaking engagements for members of the Humanities Iowa Speaker Bureau list. I’m a member in good standing, but be sure to check out the different speakers and their different topics. Click on the names in the colored column on the left hand side to bring up information about a particular speaker and the topics they present on.

If your group qualifies for a grant, and many do, there is a VERY short and easy grant application. If you are accepted there is a charge of $50 for most programs (there might be some additional costs, such if someone comes from too far you may also be asked to put them up for the night). There are a lot of different topics with various speakers and unlike some years, they haven’t run out of money for this year yet. Their fiscal year runs from Nov. 1 to Nov.1 so a whole new batch of money will be coming out then. They fund programs that are pitched either to adults or to family groups, but NOT kid only programs. Make sure you explain how you will open and advertise your program to everyone if you’re a child heavy or normally a member only group.

they usually don’t approve schools unless an effort is made to include the community at large. Include your plan for including the community  in your application. For more information check their webpage at: http://thestudio.uiowa.edu/humanitiesiowa/wp/
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Or contact them at:

Humanities Iowa
100 LIB RM 4039
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Contact me for available dates. My programs do NOT have to be funded through Humanities Iowa, but it is a good deal.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

History of Little House on the Prairie the Musical

August 23, 2015

trundlebedtales:

This isn’t that old of a blog post and so I didn’t think it needed updating, but it has shot up the rankings so it’s earned its place here tonight.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

One of the top ten posts is one simply called Musical Launched. I’m figuring that a lot of people hit that not looking for the specific musical I’m talking about, but as it’s entirely talking about news then current I wasn’t sure what I could even do to update it, so I decided to write a completely new post about the history of the musical as I know it instead and I’ll add a link on the Top 10 post.

Little House on the Prairie the Musical T-Shirt Little House on the Prairie the Musical T-Shirt

Failed Attempt

The idea of Little House musical was not a new one. Laura’s Memories (aka the Mansfield pageant) has been a musical from the very beginning (and with a lot more have to sing along numbers than the show that came out of the Guthrie in my opinion). In addition the New York Times reported in its June 9, 1989…

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Iowa Health Factbook

August 21, 2015

Are you interested in health statistics? What about information like rates of high school drop outs? Statistics on a broadly defined range of health related issues are published every two years in the e-book Iowa Health Factbook. A collaborative effort between The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health, the publication first appeared in 2001. Currently 2013 is the most current year (this kind of statistics takes a while to collect and process so there is always a lag in reported results), but a new edition should be coming out soon.

The Iowa Health Fact Book provides a wealth of information pertinent to the health of Iowans.   Much of this information is broken down for each of Iowa’s 99 counties and includes such data on disease incidence and mortality, health and social behaviors, health resources, and environmental factors.

A useful tool for anyone doing research about the state of the state it also could be useful as a specific instance for people doing research outside of Iowa too.

http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/factbook/

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Lost Cuban

August 15, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Checking back in to the Lost Cuban.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Cuban Sandwich Cuban Sandwich

Two left undone projects recently came together nicely.  The Lost Cuban popped up in my Facebook feed about 2 months ago. For a silly reason, I’d been wanting to visit a Cuban restaurant and I couldn’t believe that there was one as close to Cedar Rapids. I’d been plotting how to get to one the next time I hit a larger urban center. My library friend Nancy had said once again that we needed to find a time we could go to lunch so I suggested the Lost Cuban. She agreed and with a little bit of back and forth we set up a time and date. After overcoming the first confusing hurdle to park downtown (watch for another post about that), we found it easily enough.

Lost Cuban Lost Cuban

It isn’t very big, but it’s brightly colored and friendly. There aren’t a bunch of tables, so you might…

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Top Ten Posts August 2015

August 13, 2015

Wading in Plum Creek I want to share the blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Conference Tweets on Twitter
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2015
Iowa City Park Zoo
Mary Ingalls Pageant 2015
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
For the love of “Farmer Boy”
Missing Murals of Iowa City
2015 Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
James Wilder’s First Wife

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Mentions July 2015

August 12, 2015

IMG_0044After months that I’ve appeared in print or online, I post a round up so those who want to find out more about me will know where to look. :)

Bertsch, Sara. “Laurapalooza draws Wilder fans from across globe.” [Sioux Falls] Argus Leader. July 17, 2015
http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2015/07/16/love-laura/30277239/

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 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.

August 2015 Presentations

August 7, 2015

In the KitchenWhile July is heavy for Laura Ingalls Wilder events, it tends to be quieter from programs (unless you are speaking at the events).  August also has a good chunk of events. I just have one program scheduled so far.

  • Mahaska County Historical Society – In the Kitchen With Laura – August 17, 2015 6:30 pm

But even if there isn’t a program scheduled near you, 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. I’m really excited about my “In the Kitchen With Laura” program for this summer. If you are looking for a program, check them out.  Learn more here:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/programs.html

And check out my brochure:
Brochure2014pg1

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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 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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