November 2019 Presentations

This month I have one regular program and several one-room school programs for school groups. If your have an elementary student encourage the school to go to their local one-room school museum for their program or ask them for mine.

Sarah at Coralville School
Sarah at Coralville School

Programs

  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, November 4, 2019. (Not open to the public)
  • Tama County Conservation – Toledo, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – November 13, 2019 – 11:00am
  • One-Room School Program for classes Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Not open to the public)

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:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on   Facebook  ,  Twitter ,  LinkedIn ,  SlideShare,  and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Driving With Trains

Be careful driving around trains.

Sarah's Notebook

This summer as part of the Geographic Alliance of Iowa class, we got to tour the national brain center of Union Pacific. It’s called the Harriman Center. Part of the tour was a presentation by Operation Lifesaver. The Union Pacific tries to prevent accidents through education. Keep an eye out for trains and drive safe. Union Pacific offers classes to both adults and youth groups. Back when trains carried passengers, they used to run to a schedule, but now there isn’t one. Any time is train time.

Train

VehicleStopping Distance
Car200 Feet
School Bus230 Feet
Semi300 Feet
Amtrack (Less than 10 cars in a train)600 Feet
Coal Train (Almost 18 football fields long)5280 Feet

Trains can’t stop in time if they see you on the tracks and trains can’t swerve. The weight difference between a train and car is the same as a car and…

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Introducing Trundlebed TRAILS

Take a Moment of Calm

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying the calming commercials for the app that show a generic pretty nature scene with a circle counting down (a minute? 30 seconds? I never timed it and honestly as much as I enjoy the commercials I haven’t looked into the app).

Find Peace With Laura

It occurred to me that Laura Ingalls Wilder fans might enjoy some SPECIFIC, Laura related, calming nature scenes. On my trips this fall I recorded several short videos of things – you’ll have to wait to see exactly what – and I’m going to post them under the Trundlebed Trails series. Most of them are going to be a couple of minutes with a fixed camera so this initial offering is a little different.

Driving Miss – issippi

This first video is the film I recorded with my fixed dashboard camera as I drove along the Mississippi River with a short narration and then my pump organ theme song playing in the background – I thought you’d prefer that to engine and air conditioning noises. So it’s a little different from my later attempts, but since I recorded it first I’m publishing it first.

I know a lot of Laura fans don’t live in the Midwest and even those who do probably live in a different region than the Driftless area that Pepin is located in. So you might not get the chance to see the landscape around the northern part of the mighty Mississippi. I hope you enjoy the drive.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one  of her programs,  schedule one  yourself,  watch her videos,   listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on   Facebook ,   Twitter ,    Google+,   LinkedIn ,  SlideShare,  and  Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Girlfriend Getaway Mansfield MO

As part of a series a group of women from the Ozarks Live TV show went on a road trip and ended up in Mansfield. The segment originally aired on June 18, 2019. The crew also stopped other places including the Alley Spring Mill which is on Missouri state quarter. It’s the 38th coin overall in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. They also recommend the Dairy Shack restaurant in Eminence, Missouri.

Appearing live in front of the Rocky Ridge farmhouse they interview Vicki Johnston (Museum Supervisor) and Clint Jackson (Wilder Home Manager).

#GirlfriendGetaway: Day two wraps up in Mansfield, Ava, and West Plains

They have approximately 30,000 visitors a year. Summer hours are between 9am and 4:30pm with a tour leaving every 30 minutes. Tours include the museum, Rocky Ridge farmhouse, and the rock house. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Literature Festival was near the end of April in 2019. They are looking at moving to the first week of May for 2020. The 2019 event was the first and they hoped to have 150 people — they got 703.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one  yourself,  watch her videos,   listen to her podcast,   look at her photos, and find her on   Facebook ,   Twitter ,   Google+,   LinkedIn ,  SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Wilder Days TV 2019

Take a look at two videos from the local Springfield TV station near Mansfield. Whether you want to know how this year went or want to start planning for next year, this is what you need to know.

The part about Wilder Days starts at 3:20 into the video. Previewing the 2019 Wilder Days event which was the 46th year of the event. It’s the 6th year of the fiddling contest. They discuss in-depth how the fiddle competition works.

Host Chat/Wilder Home – 9/13/19

It starts out talking about Wilder stuff right at the beginning. This one is less focused on the fiddles and talks about how they are running the festival at Rocky Ridge. It’s the 125th Anniversary of the On the Way Home trip. Laura lived in Mansfield for 63 years.

Wilder Day Festival – 9/16/19

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one  of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on   Facebook ,   Twitter ,    Google+,   LinkedIn ,  SlideShare,  and  Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Lambert’s Cafe Home of the Throwed Rolls

Have you visited the home of the “Throwed Rolls”?

Sarah's Notebook

I recently wrote about the wonderful historical fiction of Richard Peck, especially his Blossum Culp series. Blossum was from Sikeston, MO and when I was down there for a conference a few years ago I had to get a photo of myself by the city sign for that reason. The other thing Sikeston reminds me of is a great southern restaurant called Lambert’s Cafe. There are actually three of them around Missouri, including in Sikeston, and they are quite the experience. They come around with all the side dishes and you can eat all you want of great southern things like stewed greens and fried okra, but the best part is when you want a roll they literally go around and throw them at you. Their slogan is “Home of the Throwed Rolls” and one visit there and you’ll never forget them. So the next time you are in Missouri…

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October 2019 Presentations

Sarah by Overlook
Sarah over Eldorado

Thanks to my Johnson County Historical Society school programs October is shaping up to be a busy month. 🙂

As a heads up, October is pretty much booked. I still take bookings for November and the first week or so of December, but after that I’m closed down until the last half of March. I’ve just had to cancel too many programs during those months over the years. [The weather could be bad on this end or that end. Some cancellations do happen, but we try to avoid it. 😉 ]

Just because I have Humanities slots doesn’t mean you can’t book direct. I’ve actually had more direct bookings this year than I have in years. Get in touch for specifics. info@trundlebedtales.com

Programs

  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 16, 2019. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 23, 2019. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 30, 2019. (Not open to the public)

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:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos,  listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on  Facebook ,  Twitter ,  Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.