Oregon Trail Again

You can play “The Oregon Trail” again! You might not know this, but I absolutely ADORE “The Oregon Trail” game. My version was back on amber computer monitors, remember them and the big change over from green? OK, so I may be a bit of a pioneer myself. I liked that version because when you did the shooting gallery part the animals just fell over – PLUNK with HUGE Xs on their eyes – trust me it was hilarious (they were very cartoonish).

Playing Oregon Trail

Playing Oregon Trail

History

The game not only taught history, but became part of history itself as one of the most popular educational computer games ever. Based on a lesson that used to be played through paper and with a giant map (at least in my classroom, they were teacher made games so yours might have been different), they computerized the process, adding features like a shooting gallery and shooting the rapids. Read more about the history of the game. Watch the fake trailer too, it’s really hilarious. “Nobody wants to be the carpenter!”

https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/oregon-trail-the-game

Wayback Machine

Well, I haven’t found a way back to amber, but you can play “The Oregon Trail” again which I have had lots of fun playing with my niece and nephew. This is a later version – full animated color! But I think you’ll enjoy it too.

Click through the link and then on the large green power button in the center of the screen of the game. Be sure to read the directions to do well on the shooting, the controls are a little different.
https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990

or with a little more difficulty play it on virtual Apple, not sure which version this is. It requires that you download the system and I had a lot more trouble getting it to come up. I’d stick with the version above, but wanted to include this one in case anyone wanted to figure it out.
http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html

Off to Oregon!

So pick everything about your trip, your departure date, your speed, what you take with you (Hint: don’t spend all your money there are ferries along the way), and everything else. Look around at the landmarks too, they are real places on the trail. Report back if you make it to Oregon.

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.

Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame

On the 14th of April, Laura Ingalls Wilder was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame. It’s part of the Missouri State University According to their website, “The Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame honors individuals, who through their academic, personal or professional achievements, demonstrate active civic engagement to improve the lives of others.”

Rocky Ridge Farmhouse

Rocky Ridge Farmhouse

Who is Honored?

This the third annual Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet. This year five new inductees were added to their list: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Arnoldy, Henry Bloch, Pat Danner and Jimmie Edwards. Learn more about all the honorees past and present. It looks like they add one marquee person each year with others from Missouri that have contributed to the public good in Missouri or beyond. Who are involved with national or international projects, but aren’t known by name, for example Henry W. Bloch was one of the founders of H&R Block.

Laura’s Selection

Laura was included because of her literary accomplishments. Their tribute seems to have been done in conjunction with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri.

Here is their video tribute. Thank you to The Cottonwood Tree for locating and sharing this video. It’s a fairly short and basic biographical video without any real content about this particular award, but using material clearly supplied by the Mansfield museum which makes it a really nice example of a Tribute.

Famous Missourians Hall of Fame

I found this award confusing because there was already an existing Famous Missourians Hall of Fame supported by the state government which features a bust of each honoree in the state capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri. Laura was inducted there back in the 1993. The bust of her in the Mansfield town square is a duplicate of this bust and was made because of her induction.

The difference is Missouri State isn’t part of the state government, but is Missouri State University.

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.

Spring Valley on Trundlebed Tales

Visit Spring Valley again!

Sarah's Notebook

The latest episode of Trundlebed Tales Radio was  Episode 19 Spring Valley Wilder Connection. Join us as we talk about one of the less known Laura Ingalls Wilder sites, Spring Valley, Minnesota. We’re going to talk about both the history of the connection and what you can see in Spring Valley today. We’ll talk to Julie Mlinar and Mary Jo Dathe who literatlly wrote the book on Spring Valley.

Church Museum

It originally aired Monday, October 24, 2011.

Find it here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2011/10/25/ep-19-spring-valley-wilder-connection

Or on iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/trundlebedtales-blog-talk/id412309121

Last Updated July 22 2016: I added my signature block and a photo.

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…

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Smithsonian Food Weekends

Smithsonian Food 2016aAt the wonderful Everybody Eats themed South Dakota State Historical Society conference, the other keynote speaker was Susan Evans McClure of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  She spoke on collecting and preserving historic foodways material and also how they used food in their programming both as a draw and a subject. For example, they recently sponsored a discussion about foodways of the Supreme Court. They even have a focus page on their website to direct you to all of their food related collections and activities.

I’ve been enjoying their blog. So far my two favorite articles are on recreating meals from period cookbooks. This is something frequently done by living historians to learn more about how food was made, processed, and consumed. However, the most recent living history sites I know of focus on the 1930s so to see that applied to both the 1930s and 1940s is a real treat. Smithsonian Food 2016b

One of their most recent initiatives has been to dedicate an entire weekend to food history. This October 27-29, 2016 join the fun at the Smithsonian as they turn their attention to food and food history. The theme this year is “Politics on Your Plate.” The event will “explore the relationship between food, politics, and people. How have we participated, as individuals and communities, in shaping American food and foodways? Whose voices are influencing food policy today? What are the critical issues, and what role does democracy play in the future of food in America?”

The Smithsonian urges you to “talk and taste your way through food history” during three days of activities and events. Check out the schedule for specifics.
This is the second year that they have held the event, so here’s hoping that they have a good turn out so they will continue this new tradition. Learn more.

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.

Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 3

This is my fifth and final report from my July 2016 DeSmet, South Dakota trip. This time I shared it on Twitter. The photos are links instead of showing full because I use Instagram so I can cross share it easily across multiple platforms.
See all the trip photos in one place
https://www.instagram.com/sarahsuthoff/

Ingalls Homestead Sign Rest Area

Ingalls Homestead Sign Rest Area

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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.

Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 2 Part 2

This is my fourth report from the my July 2016 DeSmet, South Dakota trip. This time I shared it on Twitter. The photos are links instead of showing full because I use Instagram so I can cross share it easily across multiple platforms.
See all the trip photos in one place
https://www.instagram.com/sarahsuthoff/

Baby Horse Ingalls Homestead 2016

Baby Horse Ingalls Homestead 2016

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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.

Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 2 Part 1

This is my third report from the my July 2016 DeSmet, South Dakota trip. This time I shared it on Twitter. The photos are links instead of showing full because I use Instagram so I can cross share it easily across multiple platforms.
See all the trip photos in one place
https://www.instagram.com/sarahsuthoff/

Wagon Rides Ingalls Homestead 2016

Wagon Rides Ingalls Homestead 2016

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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.