Bras the Silent Killer

Today saying the word corset brings up SO many fake and faulty and untrue ideas. Karolina Żebrowska tries a different tact and applies the same level of accuracy to bras. (Once she says “this doesn’t have anything to do with the video” go ahead and move on she doesn’t come back to it.)

People who lived in the past weren’t any stupider than people today. I know that’s a hard thing for a lot of people to believe, but it’s true. It’s easy to look back and think they’ve never even heard of a MP3 file or they didn’t know about airplanes or any number of such things so they clearly don’t know anything. That is NOT true. 

One topic that brings out the superior smirks and nods on modern faces is underware of the past, most especially corsets. The first thing to remember is that bras weren’t a thing yet. If you wanted any support, and if you had an endowed chest you definitely would, then you’d need some kind of support garment and during the 19th century and early 20th century that garment would be a corset. People wore them everyday not because they were forced, but because they helped.

There was a whole system to corsets. You would wear wear a chemise which was a loose fitting garment and would be the only one to actual touch your body. It was the part of the wardrobe that would be washed frequently. It not only protected your clothes from your body, but also your skin from the corset. You often hear actress’ today complain about corsets. They normally don’t have the proper garments, lace them too tight, and/or aren’t given the break in period that people who wore them everyday would. Then an corset cover, this eventually transformed into a camisole, and it covered up the corset. Then came the petticoats, etc.

So the next time you hear about how terrible a corset is remember if it was that bad to wear everyone wouldn’t have worn them. 

 

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.

Plate Spinning

When I was a little girl we saw the last of the really great variety TV shows. Variety shows come down from Vaudeville. You’d have a variety of different types of acts singers, dancers, comics, clowns, odd acts that would never occur to you that they COULD be acts performing in separate acts (sometimes with a related theme) one after another. One of those never imagine acts, if you’d never seen it done before, was Spinning Plates. I often use the metaphor of Spinning Plates as how different things work. It’s very spot on, but recently I’ve realized that there are a lot of people who were born after me who may not have seen a Spinning Plates act and so have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about. So I decided to do this post and I’m glad I did. I was surprised to find that there weren’t that many videos labeled or tagged Spinning Plates.

Back of a plate

What Are Spinning Plates

So what is a Spinning Plates act? Weeeelll, the name kind of tells you, you spin plates, but it’s actually a lot more exciting then it sounds. Basically you have a bunch of sticks fixed to a flat surface. Each stick has a little bit of give so it can help move in a circle, but still be stiff enough to support the weight of a ceramic/glass/earthen ware whatever they use plate. It can’t be plastic plates and the act has to be done on an uncarpeted floor because part of the act is plates smashing when they fall and sometimes even breaking them purposefully. You have a big stack of plates beside the sticks. There are complications depending on how good you are, how many sticks you’re going to do, etc. if you have multiple piles of plates, and how many of sticks you have.

How It’s Done

The spinner starts out with one plate. (NOTE: I’m going to use HE as the pronoun here. I honestly don’t remember ever seeing a girl or woman do this act. They probably did, but I don’t remember seeing them. That in NO way means a girl couldn’t do this act if she wanted to. In fact I think a woman would probably be better at it.) The spinner gets the plate spinning and the stick moving so the plate will slide its way around the edge (the plates always have to be the kind with at least a little concave bottom with a rim). Then he adds another to the stick next to it and then another on the stick next to that, but they don’t keep balanced and spinning forever so besides adding new sticks with plates he has to keep his eye on the plates he’s already done. If they slow down too much he has to go back and give them extra spin. Sometimes touching them again knocks them off their stick. At any minute one could run out of steam and if it ever stops or severely slows down the plate is going to topple off the stick, fall down to the table or the floor, and SMASH! So as an audience member you’re waiting with bated breath to see if he can do it. You get totally caught up in the “can he do it” spell. Will he see that ones slowing down? Will that one fall and break before he can catch it. Goodness that’s almost all of them now. Can he do it? Can he? Here’s one version of the act with a lot of comedy below. It’s really pretty good.

Spinning Plates As Symbols

So how do I use this image as symbols? In Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Village Blacksmith” the nostalgic view of life posits a life where “Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close.” Real life doesn’t work that way — at least not my life. Whether we’re talking about my life as a whole or my professional life in particular I always have lots of things I have to do. Once in a rare instance I’ll have one task I can do in a day, but normally I have parts of many, larger tasks to do. Some things always have to be redone. Some thing you can just do part of now. There are always a lot of things going on (plates) that I need to keep spinning. So if you ask me how I would do or do do a certain job I will explain it in how you take the small parts of the job and just start spinning plates and keep going.

How to Spin

How you spin the jobs is, after all, the name of the game and it’s how I work. For instance I got a job doing historic interpretation at Ushers Ferry Historic Village when I was in college. I started out with some interest. As you get more into living history first you want your clothes more authentic. That means historic sewing and you’ll have to do some of it yourself and you’ll have to learn the tools and systems they used to make the clothes. Then you want your cooking (I demonstrated cooking a lot) to be more period accurate. But that not only means doing research it also means having the accurate ingredients some of which you have to grow which means more historic gardens. Then you need to dig deeper into interpretation and how to create opportunities for visitors to get the most possible out of a visit. And none of that was the work I did with the one-room school or the cleaning part of the job which was also needed to keep the museum going. As I said lots of plates. And that’s just one of the sets of plates I spin. To see how I do it keep up with my feed, my Twitter, watch my videos, listen to my podcasts and read this blog.

BUT, I can quickly show you how to really spin real plates in the video below.

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.

T-Shirt of the Month April 2021

I haven’t gotten many of these t-shirt posts done this year, but I’m glad to start again. You often see photos of me in “Laura” clothes that are like those people wore back in history, but I also have quite a collection of the other kind of Laura clothes aka t-shirts. So I share out photos of some of my favorites.

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

Here’s this month’s shirt:

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While my collection is mostly t-shirts there are some sweatshirts. There are other times of year when you want a Laura shirt or depending on the weather you might want to put on a sweatshirt for the end of a pageant as it cools off. 

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asdsad This shirt comes from Ebay. I get most of my shirts directly from the homesite stores, but sometimes I get one from online. This one I couldn’t resist. This was actually from a design Mansfield offered sometime in the 1990s. I got this white shirt new from the store, but I’m always afraid when I wear it that I’m going to ruin it. I’ve since found two other shirts a yellow t-shirt and this sweatshirt so I can feel a little more secure. 

You Can Get It

Well, actually you can’t sadly as beautiful as this design is they aren’t selling them anymore. Keep an eye online to buy the shirts second hand and check out Mansfield for their current selection. 

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.

 

 

Top 10 Posts During March 2021

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Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you, too.

James Wilder’s First Wife

1 Year Anniversary of Alison Arngrim Reading

Published Works

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

In the Kitchen With Laura Project January 2014 (Handwritten Recipes)

Farming: Then And Now – An online agriculture lesson

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls from Cottage Chronicles

De Smet Pageant 2020

Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny

Where did Albert come from?

Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Great Auk

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014 (Parts of a Wood Cookstove)

$100 in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lapdesk

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.

1 Year Anniversary of Alison Arngrim Reading

On March 20, 2020, Alison Arngrim started a new project. With everything closing down for safety reasons, Arngrim’s bookings were closing down and she was looking for a new project. She decided that, since she never had, she’d go back and read the entire “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder in order. Her husband Bob told her if she was going to read them anyway she should do in on her Facebook channel.

Arngrim worked with fellow cast-mates Dean Butler (Alamanzo Wilder) and Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) and read the entire series. Then she went on and read an assortment of Laura related books. After that she took on the first couple in both the Anne of Green Gables and The Wizard of Oz series. Now a year in she has returned to where she started.

Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Sarah Uthoff (Sarah Uthoff)
Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and Sarah Uthoff (Sarah Uthoff)

Now a Word from Alison

From late April 2020, I talk to Alison about her reading program:
https://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2020/04/27/ep-115-alison-arngrim-tells-us-a-story

Start at the Very Beginning

Here’s her very first reading video:

And here is her one year anniversary reading:

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.

Top 10 Posts During February 2021

Sarah in Front of Wall of Ornaments

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you, too.

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

Wilder Zooms Backgrounds Release 1

Schedule of Presentations

De Smet Pageant 2020

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls from Cottage Chronicles

Wilder Zooms Backgrounds Release 2

History Camp Iowa 2021

Laura Makes Amazon 100

Where did Albert come from?

Historic Clothes with Micarah Tewers

Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes

Top 10 Posts During January 2021

$100 in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Lapdesk

Apples ‘n’ Onions with Bacon and Fried Potatoes

James Wilder’s First Wife

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.

De Smet Pageant 2020

Wagon Ride at DeSmet Pageant
Wagon Ride at DeSmet Pageant

The COVID breakout last year meant a lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder events were canceled and museums were closed. Large gatherings of people were discouraged and that meant that the Wilder pageants were canceled, too. However, being Laura people and Midwesterners they didn’t give up, they didn’t surrender.

Alternative Universe Pageant

What De Smet came up with was an online alternative pageant. Now there was a lot of talk about what it was going to be. I had wondered if they were going to go back to the original radio play script that Aburey Sherwood bought the rights for after it appeared on the Hallmark Hall of Fame radio show. They should still own the rights for it. Then they said they were going to focus on the stories of the other people who lived around town. I thought that would be a brilliant idea. It could have been a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern type production where we always hear about or “just miss” the Ingalls family as we find out what other people were doing around town. However, instead it ended up being a fairly typical version of the pageant only done as costumed readers theater.

Watch Along

Before it aired they talked about it not being up very long, but it still is. It still is also on the Facebook page. Enjoy watching with me.

https://www.sdpb.org/blogs/arts-and-culture/laura-ingalls-wilder-pageant-2020

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.

Book: The Laughter of Dead Kings by Elizabeth Peters

I already posted a review of this on Good Reads, but I’ve continued to think about it so I wanted to post an updated version here.

Cover of Laughter of Dead KingsThe Third Post Holds True

I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately and it just so happened that this is the third book in a row that is the end of a series. The first two of which I’d really been waiting for excitedly were incredibly disappointing – they were both the weakest book in the series by far. So when I discovered there was a 6th and final volume of the Vicky Bliss series immediately after those two disappointments I was really worried. I loved Vicky Bliss and they had ended in a good place with the best book in that series Night Train to Memphis which was #5. I wanted another Vicky Bliss story, but I’d be heart broken if Peters didn’t stick the landing – but don’t worry she did. Was it as good as Night Train to Memphis? No, sadly it wasn’t, but it was very good.

So as we left John and Vicky after Memphis they were together and happy, unfortunately with Vicky working in Munich and John with a store in London they were always having to fly back and forth which was expensive. John had discovered that being honest is not only a lot of trouble, it’s also not as profitable. Suddenly their friend Feisal shows up with two pieces of news, King Tut’s mummy has been stolen and there is a strong suspicion that John was behind the theft. So John must re-enter the world of crime to clear his name – but can he? He’s keeping something secret from Vicki again.

I realized the last time I re-read Night Train to Memphis that if you hadn’t already read books 2-4 in the series, it wouldn’t be nearly as powerful if you hadn’t already invested in the main characters. That’s even truer about The Laughter of Dead Kings. The characters have almost all been introduced before in the series and it’s only the new ones that get much of an introduction. If we met them before in the series, a phrase pointing out where we met them before is all we get. And we learn more about these returning characters. A couple of characters we thought were all right have turned bad. We also learn one of the skills Schmidt always boasts about was even more impressive in real life than his previous boasts and he had a reason for his boasting.

There are also some things directly out of her other series “Amelia Peabody” and I dropped out of that series once they started to focus on the main characters’ son Ramses who I never liked anyway and I especially wasn’t interested in his love life. I think if I’d kept up through that series I’d got even more references. One of the weapons used in an attempted murder even once belonged to the Emersons.

As usual Vicky eventually figures out what’s going on, but not until the very end getting everyone in trouble along the way. It’s a great story and a great ending. It wasn’t as tightly plotted and had more imperfections than Night Train to Memphis but headed to a most satisfying end.

I read several other reviews and one of the things people pointed out is in the author’s introduction she mentioned that she wasn’t writing the stories as if time was flowing normally. The first book in the Vicky series was from the early 1970s. Memphis was from 1994 and this volume came out in 2008. Peters says she was setting each Vicki story in the year it came out without worrying about things changing in the world or that Vicky should have aged. On my first read through I really thought it would have been better if she hadn’t mentioned this. Really the only change in technology I caught was the wider spread of credit cards and a couple of times when they used cell phones. Leave off the cell phones and I don’t think the world as it was changed much. They also jet all over the place repeatedly, but that seems to be more a feature of not really exploring one place as thoroughly as the storylines normally run (they hop around to Rome, London, Egypt, Berlin). I’ll admit that the constant flying did feel a little like filler. Pointing out the time differences, especially in the introduction and not in an afterward caused more problems than it solved.

However, after thinking about this for a long time I think I figured out why she included that bit expounding about time. As I said she really hadn’t nailed most about the technology of 2008 so I didn’t understand why she wanted to really grind it home how we were in the 21st century now. She wanted to make the connection with her “Amelia Peabody” series more tangible. Having reread Memphis after Laughter, I think she’d really already explained this connection in that book. It’s very subtle though and I think she thought more readers would have picked up on it. So in THIS she really doubles down on it and isn’t subtle at all. That means being more explicit about HOW John’s family and the Emersons were biologically connected. In the 1970s, John would only be Ramses’ grandson – hardly old enough to be distant. In the 2000s, you could probably add 2 or 3 generations which makes a distant relative much more plausable.

There were two other things some reviews complained about, one that was interpreted as a Mary Sue (with its original definition) moment and the other one I won’t mention because I honestly stopped walking the dog and bent over double laughing when it happened so I’ll allow you to discover it on your own. Other people didn’t seem to enjoy unexpected connections as much as I do and were rather grumpy about it in their reviews. These people need a more joyful look at life. I hope you’ll enjoy both these things. I know I did.

I was interested in what I might have missed so I looked up Elizabeth Peter’s own website – which was harder to find than it should have been – and I discovered that Sir John was actually introduced in a book with a different detective called The Camelot Caper. I’ve read it since. I’m afraid I did not really love the detectives in that one and John is definitely not up to his normal form, BUT his mother is there and in full form.

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.

History Camp Iowa 2021

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

I’m a little late getting this posted, but I had a subject in mind and I wasn’t sure I would get the new program polished up in time. (They are pretty open ended about submitting programs to speak.) However, they contacted me last week and specifically asked to present. So since they asked me, I decided to use one of my programs that I’d previously done instead.

My Program

The program I decided to do I originally put together for the South Dakota Historical Society conference to the theme of Everybody Eats. They wanted Laura Ingalls Wilder and cooking and since I wasn’t going to drag all my In the Kitchen with Laura stuff, I put together a less hands-on story of food history. It’s called In the Pioneer Kitchen with Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The program focuses on cooking in the 19th century. I focus on the years Laura spent in South Dakota, but really I go through different views of 19th century fare. For example, the transition from hearth cooking to stove cooking and how it meant going from cooking bent over to cooking standing up. I think you’ll really enjoy this program and I’m glad to have a chance to be doing it again.

History Camp

So what is History Camp Iowa? History Camp is a national project where they attempt to shake up the normal history conference. Everyone is welcome to speak (if you submit your proposal ahead of time) and anyone can go to any session. (The national organization calls it an unconference, but that’s not what an unconference is, but unfortunately lots of people are adapting the buzzword for other meanings.)

The original national event was held in Boston. Iowa actually got selected to be the second or third location for the national event, but that was so successful that they started an Iowa specific local event. They sometimes do smaller events during the year. It all focuses on history. So this year they are having the event online. It always has a range of speakers some of which you’ll never hear anywhere else, some that normally only do academic functions and everything else in between. It’s also always a very affordable event because they want as many people as possible to come. This year it’s free and on Zoom. Sadly, you’re too late to get on the online tours, but registration for the main event on Saturday is STILL OPEN! You don’t have to be in Iowa this year!

History Camp Iowa 2021 Event

Main Event Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, 8 a.m.

Register Now

2021 Presentations

Virtual visit: Museum of Danish America
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m. SOLD OUT

Virtual visit: Amana Heritage Museum
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. SOLD OUT

Virtual Visit: State Historical Society of Iowa
Friday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m. SOLD OUT

If you have a passion for history, History Camp is for you. It’s a unique opportunity to spend a day with others from all walks of life who have a passion for history, from authors, teachers, genealogists, and students, to park rangers, museum volunteers, librarians, and individuals from other professions and backgrounds.

History Camp Iowa 2020 marked the event’s fifth year in Des Moines. More than 100 people passionate about history came together to share their stories in two dozen sessions. History Camp started in Boston in 2014, and has grown larger every year.  Other History Camps include Pioneer Valley and Colorado. History Camp Iowa is a totally independent event, organized entirely by volunteers.

Register NOW!

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.

NOTE: This really bugs me. So often there is a perfect, delicate word that gives exactly the right shades of meaning to something. Then people get a hold of it, want another word to describe something (that normally already HAS a perfectly good word the describe it) and claim the word obliterating the original meaning.Sometimes meaning there is no longer a word that means that. In this case an unconference was originally set up to be unplanned time and space within a conference. You know those times when a session reaches the end and you’re having a good conversation? Instead of trying to finish up as another group comes in the session room – BAM! they have a comfortable unscheduled place to go and finish up the discussion. Were inspired with a new idea? – BAM! there is a place for you and someone else to go and start working on it instead of going to sessions. Need a place to veg out a little while that doesn’t involve fighting people to get to the snack buffet and then eating on a trashcan? – BAM! here you go. No session you find interesting this time slot and there is a friend in the business that you haven’t seen in a long time? – BAM! unconference space to talk. See? It’s really brilliant, isn’t it? However, it’s been grabbed to describe a whole bunch of preplanned things so they sound hip. So this glorious thing may not exist long. 😦

Top 10 Posts During January 2021

Artist Doll by Voyles
Voyles Doll

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you, too.

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Greetings from De Smet

Where did Albert come from?

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

One-Room School Urban Legends

Laura Ingalls Wilder Coloring Book by Artist Cheryl Harness

Red Chief Tablets

8th Grade Exams Online

In the Kitchen With Laura Update 2020

Learn About Laura Ingalls Wilder

Historic Clothes with Micarah Tewers

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2020

Quote: Never See the Hand Pump from the Interstate

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.