Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Date Set!

Earlier this week the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove announced the date of their planned Little House on the Prairie TV show reunion. Cast members will return for the 45th anniversary of the first airing of the NBC TV show, September 11, 1974. Walnut Grove started telling people about the reunion a few months ago, but it took them awhile to negoiate with actors to find out which weekend they could get the most. Now they’ve decided.

45th Anniversary Event July 11-14, 2019

It’s come out in their brochure for this year and in some of their advertising, but now it’s time to help get the word out so this event is a big success.

A sign in front of the red Depot museum.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Depot in Walnut Grove

Probable Schedule

If it follows the pattern that their event in honor of the 40th Anniversary, they will have similar schedules for the first 3 days. This information is based on what they did last time, I haven’t heard details for this year, but I assume they’ll be similar.

They divided up the cast members into 3 groups of about 4 actors. Each batch had one line to wait in. The people running the lines were very open to what you could bring into sign, but they did have photos that you could buy in the museum.

During the day you could do all the normal tourism things or stand in line for autographs. They had blocks of time when the performers were signing and built in breaks. Most of the attendees waited in line throughout the breaks, until they started signing again.

Pageant

The Walnut Grove pageant, Fragments of a Dream, is always on Friday and Saturday nights. Last time they had an onstage conversation with the cast with questions taken from the audience. You need pageant tickets to attend it. The earlier you order the better view you get. Reserved seats are folding chairs. Then the fantastic outdoor play about the Ingalls family life in Walnut Grove.

Photos

Last time you could only take photos in passing, no running around the tables. However, on Sunday they have the cast set up and you can go through and get your photo taken with all the cast from the reunion in a posed photo for a fee.

Details

These details are from what happened last time. Watch this blog (subscribe and connect on social media) to give you more information as it’s released and helpful advice.

Remembering Last Time

So stick around here and watch for upcoming posts with information, including videos on what it was like last time. Get started with this nice set of photos from the 40th Anniversary.

CNN Where Are They Now? (with photos)  – Some nice before and after photos from the 40th anniversary year. Not convinced that’s Jonathan Gilbert in the after shot since his eyes were blue in the photo from the series and are brown in the now photo and I just can’t believe they’d go to the trouble that colored contacted were in the 1970s for something that didn’t matter like that or that he’d wear that good of brown contacts now.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/08/showbiz/little-house-prairie-cast-where-are-they-now/index.html

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.

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One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

A National Parks style poster for Homestead National Monument

Start With Research

I’ve been researching one-room school lunches for a long time. I’ve collected information from parent and teacher magazines. (I’m also very distraught that there is a thesis from the 1910s I can’t lay my hands on.) I’ve also collected  government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

What People Really Took

One of my on-going projects has been a survey on what people actually ate.  I’ve been collecting surveys for what people remember taking. So far I’ve got 468 responses with answers coming from everywhere between Canada to Louisiana. Answers on what they took ranged from hoe cakes to ketchup sandwiches to a hot dog kept warm in a Thermos with string tied around the natural casing knot to pull it out.

Politics

I was surprised about how school lunch, or at least providing a hot school lunch, turned out to be a pretty political topic as it was an excuse given as one of the reasons to close one-room schools. Many creative efforts were made to fill the gap  (until the Thermos made it unnecessary).

I also found out that where you ate lunch turned out to be a problem, if you ate on your desk how did you get it or keep it clean? Plus, were students made to wash their hands? It’s lead me down a lot of interesting questions besides food.

Handouts

I’ve put together a presentation what I’ve got so far, but I’m still going to be collecting surveys. So if you went or taught in a one-room school or know someone who did, please fill out the survey and spread the word.

Here is my latest update of my Handout 2018 about what I’ve learned so far.

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.

What’s in a Name Trundlebed Tales

What’s in a name?

Sarah's Notebook

cropped-img_3532-1.jpgAccording to a list in the Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Rose Wilder Lane Papers at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, the following were all possibilities in contention for being the title of the book ultimately published as Little House in the Big Woods. I had always enjoyed thinking about this list of names and although I think they definitely chose the right title for the book, I was always partial the last option on the list.

Little Pioneer Girl

Long Ago Yesterday

Little Girl in the Big Woods

Long Ago in the Big Woods

Laura in the Big Woods

The Day Before Yesterday

Little Girl of Yesterday

Little Girl of the Wild West

Trundle-bed Tales

When it came time to name my speaking services, I definitely wanted to avoid any direct connection with “Little House” which is a legally complicated trademark.  Several other options I might have considered were already…

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June 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

June is the start of summer and that’s when events at the homesites spring into full gear. Besides our normal events we have a few one-offs this year including a very unique fundraiser at Mansfield and a piece of unsettling news.

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 9, 2018 10am-4pm

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  June 22-24, 2018

Spring Valley MN

Annual Ice Cream Social – June 15, 2018

Mansfield MO

Justamere Club Painting Event: This is a plein air event (painting in the open air) for a $60.00 ticket you’ll get: all of the needed painting supplies, a guided painting session, tours of the Homes and Museum, refreshments and a guided conservation activity. This Event is limited to the first 30 tickets sold. Your tickets may be purchased  online  or by calling 417-924-3626.

Vinton IA

Tours are still available, but events are in doubt due to uncertainty of the future of the building. If you really want to visit do it before June 1, 2018.

American Writers Museum – Chicago, Illinois

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page Exhibit from November 18, 2017 – Spring 2018

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.

Student Contracts

Student contracts can help students and teachers.

Sarah's Notebook

The last one in my series of education articles:

In the past, education has been too much about a “sage on the stage,” a teacher being the source of all wisdom and lecturing the class. Today, many teachers rather seek to be a “guide on the side,” helping students to have a more active role in their learning. One way this is being expressed is in student contracts also known as learning contracts. A student contract is a written agreement between a teacher and a student where the learner agrees to complete tasks in a set amount of time on his or her own.

Student contracts are beneficial to students because the contract allows recognition of how students learn in different ways, at different speeds, and with different levels of interest. This is especially important today as the student population is likely to be more diverse than ever. Student contracts…

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8 Minutes 30 Seconds

What do you do with your 8 minutes and 30 seconds?

Sarah's Notebook

Here’s the second in my series of articles related to gifted education:

Jason Ryan Dorsey is a motivational speaker with a focus on helping teenagers and adults communicate better. One of his main points is that the average child in America spends only 8 minutes and 30 seconds a day in meaningful conversation with a parent. That isn’t much time to make a lasting impression.

What Should You Do With Your Kids?

So what should you do with that time, even if you can’t increase it? One of the key factors to a person’s success is to have someone who believes in them and is willing to spend time with them. Let your child know you value and believe in them. Being smart isn’t enough, you need to have your own goals. Help your child figure out what dreams they have and tie them to goals that are attainable in…

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Top 10 Posts During May 2018

Sarah dressed in a 1930s dress and apron doing the "In the Kitchen With Laura"
In the Kitchen with Laura in Missouri

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 Supper vs Dinner

Althea Rosina Sherman

National One-Room School Association Conference 2018

Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2018

June 2018 Presentations

T-Shirt of the Month May 2018

Amelia Bloomer’s Grave

Mentions April 2018

Great Article from Prologue

Book: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

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.