Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015
Stone from casualty from Pearl Harbor, the opening volley in our involvement in WWII.

Stone from casualty from Pearl Harbor, the opening volley in our involvement in WWII.

It’s time once again to turn our attention to Memorial Day. Sadly now considered just the kick-off weekend to summer, Memorial Day developed as a day set aside to honor our war dead to celebrating lost love ones. Although today people often just buy something plastic to stick into the ground, if they do anything at all, it used to be a ritual to decorate graves. Peony bushes normally bloom around Memorial Day and often people gather bouquets of peonies to decorate the graves. So tomorrow, even if it isn’t your family tradition decorate the graves or at least remember lost love ones, attend your local Memorial Day, and at 3 pm observe a minute of silence to remember and be grateful.

Learn more about the history of the day, here:
http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

Plus 10 things do you know?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/27858/10-things-remember-about-memorial-day

And be sure to watch my Memorial Day video:

Look at past year posts:

Avenue of Flags

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 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.

Summer Reading Cartoon

May 24, 2015

trundlebedtales:

It’s summer reading time again and sadly this cartoon is just a relevant as ever. :)

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

I found this great cartoon from LM_Net. It’s almost too true to be funny, but still is. I don’t normally read this strip, but I think I might have to start.

http://www.creators.com/comics/speed-bump/5595.html

Update: Although this post was originally published in 2007, the link is still good and cartoon is still just as true and just as funny.

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 Academia.edu. 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…

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Ep 68 Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 2

May 21, 2015
Misc and TV

Misc and TV

As I often say in my presentations, it’s a DANGEROUS time to be a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan because there is just SO much merchandise out there. Pretty much whatever you want you can find it with either Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House on it. You can even find unexpectedly odd things like a dogtag or a bobble-head doll. Where do you find all this stuff? It’s one of my post frequently asked questions at my programs so we’ll go over that too. So gather up your books, your stuffed Jacks, your Charlotte Dolls, and all your books, and listen up as we discuss how to organize your Laura Ingalls Wilder collection.

We only got through books on Part 1 so we’re going to pick up there.

Please call in or contact me ahead of time through e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear your organizational tips or unique things from your collection or your next collecting goal.

Tune in and listen to this podcast and share your own tips, suggestions, or questions.

Airing May 23, 2015 – 4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT

Photo Wall 1

Photo Wall 1

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2015/05/23/ep-68-organizing-your-laura-ingalls-wilder-collection-part-2

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.

Ep 67 Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection

May 17, 2015

LH book shelvesAs I often say in my presentations, it’s a DANGEROUS time to be a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan because there is just SO much merchandise out there. Pretty much whatever you want you can find it with either Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House on it. You can even find unexpectedly odd things like a dogtag or a bobble-head doll. Where do you find all this stuff? It’s one of my post frequently asked questions at my programs so we’ll go over that too. So gather up your books, your stuffed Jacks, your Charlotte Dolls, and all your books, and listen up as we discuss how to organize your Laura Ingalls Wilder collection.

Please call in or contact me ahead of time through e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear your organizational tips or unique things from your collection or your next collecting goal.

Tune in and listen to this podcast and share your own tips, suggestions, or questions.

Airing May 17, 2015 – 4 pm ET, 3 pm CT, 2 pm MT, 1 pm PT

Call in (714) 242-5253 or toll free 1-877-633-9389
Or Chat while you Stream Live Episodes
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2015/05/17/ep-67-organizing-your-laura-ingalls-wilder-collection

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.

Laura Days in Pepin Podcast 2014

May 13, 2015

Join host Sarah Uthoff as she reviews the recent Laura Days event in Pepin, WI. Whether you like sailing, Laura Ingalls Wilder, quilting, or fiddle playing you’ll enjoy Laura Days. Laura Days in Pepin WI will be held next year Sept. 12-13, 2015.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/09/30/roving-report-laura-days-in-pepin-wi-2014

Trip up, including attack of the recycled pop cans

Cabin in the Light

Cabin in the Light

Burr Oak stop, Grant for redoing signage

2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder collectable homesite calendar

Lark Toys an unusual toy store and miniature golf/ice cream parlor

Sail Lake Pepin

Replica Paddle Wheeler

Cassville Ferry like the one Laura, Manly, and Rose took out of Decorah

Ice Cream in Nelson

Castlerock Museum – antique arms and armor, come look for your knight

Schedule of Laura Days

Birthplace Cottage

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Bus Tour to cabin

Information Booth

Little Miss Laura, Little Sister, Cousin Clarence – sorry misspoke Cousin Charlie

Historic Clothing for boys

Little Plum Schoolhouse on Cty. Hwy. N three miles southwest on Ella

Traditional Crafts Area

Medallion Hunt

Spelling Bee

Square Dancing

Petting Zoo

Old Time Fiddle Contest

What’s to eat? – hot dogs are natural casing at all vendors in park

Candlelight Demonstrations plus music by the camp fire – no seating is provided

Sunday morning – my schedule

Parade – once parade line up starts entire town is locked down & no one can get anywhere between about a little before 1 pm until 3 pm or some after and there is no reasonable way to get around town without a major detour

Hotels

This year’s days will be September 12 and 13, 2015

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.

 

New Program Added: What a Doll!

May 10, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Since 2011, I’ve done this program at the 2012 LauraPalooza and it’s combination of Laura’s life story and the story of dolls in her life and in fandom has continued to prove popular. I’ve continued to add to it and I’m always looking for new dolls to add.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

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.

https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/bussey-wilder-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…

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Mentions April 2015

May 8, 2015
Sarah at Lincoln Highway Bridge

Sarah at Lincoln Highway Bridge

After 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 no where to look. :) We don’t usually have much over the winter, so here we go coming out strong for the summer!

“Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation features recipes, stories.” Daily Gate City. April 29, 2015.
http://www.dailygate.com/news/article_ca481a6c-ee82-11e4-8239-bb3ef06fc962.html

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.

May 2015 Presentations

May 6, 2015

Sarah and Fountain May also tends to be a fairly busy month program wise, especially since I’ve started doing one-room school programs with the Johnson County Historical Society. Except for openings though it tends to be a quiet time for homesites.

In addition to those listed here there is also a pending engagement for May 16th, but I haven’t gotten the follow up paperwork yet. I’ll update either way.

  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, May 4, 2015. (Not open to the public)
  • Women of First Lutheran Church – Keokuk, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – May 4, 2015 6:00pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes May 5, 2015, May 11 – May 12, 2015 (Not open to the public)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Program – Solon, Iowa May 13, 2015 (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes May 18, 2015 (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:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/programs.html

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.

 

That Time the Government Built a UFO May the 4th

May 4, 2015

There are a couple of holidays in the calendar that are where they are due to a happy coincidence of date and speech. For example, Pi Day is March 14th since 3-14 reminds people of 3.14. This is the other one – May 4th is Star Wars Day because May the fourth reminds people of “May the force be with you,” the most common farewell in the Star Wars universe. Last year I posted about the great work saving our cinematic history with the restoration of the Tattooine set from the original Star Wars trilogy.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/saving-star-wars-may-the-4th

Trying to top that wasn’t easy. It took a huge inflated government program and work by the National Archives to put materials online. This year, learn all about “That time the Government Built a UFO” and if you don’t believe me click on the links and take a look. If that thing isn’t a UFO, I’d like to know what it is. And doesn’t it look like that guy is wearing Luke Skywalker’s uniform from the attack on the Death Star in the video? (And in case you don’t know it I’m a Star Wars fan from when they first came out in theaters.)

Me and Darth

Read Time Magazine‘s history of Star Wars Day:
http://time.com/87062/may-the-4th-be-with-you-a-brief-history-of-star-wars-day

Flight Tests
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opD86VZSWpo

Model Tests
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF99kJGLQc

And from me and Darth, courtesy of our local Drug Town store, May the Force Be With You!

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.

Vinton Blind School March 2012

May 3, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Luckily repairs are almost complete for Old Main at the Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School, so here’s a look back at before the repairs.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

I’d been waiting to get the pictures in this for awhile. I finally got the photos edited today. I’ve got an update from my visit yesterday which I hope to have up soon, but I wanted to show the starting point.

Blind School with Temporary Roof

There are three places in Iowa with strong connections to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Burr Oak, Iowa, is where the Ingalls Family lived from 1876-1877. West Branch, Iowa, is the home of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum which holds the Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Rose Wilder Lane papers in its collections. The Iowa College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa, was where Laura’s sister Mary Ingalls attended and graduated.

Between the closing of the residential program for blind students and the damage inflicted on the building by a massive straight line wind storm, followed up by a terrible rainstorm later that week while the…

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