2016 Events in Pepin

February 12, 2016
Sarah Uthoff at Pepin Replica Cabin

Sarah Uthoff at Pepin Replica Cabin

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin

2016 events listing:

February 2, 2016, 7pm: Annual Meeting & Program with refreshments.  This year they will have an inaugural performance on a newly-acquired reed organ, restored by Dave Zahn. Year in review and looking ahead, elections to the board, recognition of volunteers.  Public welcome! Location: Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin, WI.
February 9, 2016, 2pm: Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 149th birthday at the Little House Wayside!  Put on your warm woolens and join us for a birthday party at the cabin (snow date: February 21 at 2pm).  Location: Little House Wayside, County Road CC, Pepin.
April 2, 2016, 6pm: Sugaring Off Dance!  Marking the end of winter and the annual sap run, we’ll dance to the same traditional tunes described in the “Dance at Grandpa’s” chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, and enjoy a potluck dinner featuring local foods and maple syrup, all in a beautifully-restored one room school. The band is the Rush River Ramblers. Old time music with called dances, refreshments. $10 at the door. People are welcome to come in costume, or as they are. Location: Pleasant Corners Schoolhouse, intersection of County Roads J & JJ, Stockholm, WI (ticketed event).
September 10 & 11, 2016: Laura Ingalls Wilder Days!  Fiddle contest, Laura contest, traditional crafts area, horse-drawn-wagon rides, food, Quilt show, craft vendors, parade, & more.  Location: Multiple sites in and around Pepin, the Museum, and the Little House Wayside.
Museum open for the season Sunday, May 15, 2016.  Open daily 10 – 5 through Sunday, October 16, open weekends in late October.  Please see the museum website for additional information.

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.

General Laura Ingalls Wilder Program or A Long Way Home

February 10, 2016

I’m going to start doing a more in-depth description of one of my programs each month. Check them all out. Which one would you like to see most?

General Laura Program (PowerPoint Presentation)

A Long Way Home: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Uthoff as 1930s Laura

Uthoff as 1930s Laura

Although the official name of this program is A Long Way Home, a name I came up with when I started the original version for a 4H project, I often refer to this one as my General Laura Program. It’s one of my top 3 requested programs. It certainly has changed a lot and gone through many different versions since I originally put it together, but it still lays out the overall story of Laura’s life with an insider’s view. This one is admittedly my favorite and so it gets a lot of my best new photos when I come back from a trip.

Program Specifics

This basic Laura Ingalls Wilder program offers a general overview of Wilder’s life. All too often when a non-historian is asked a question about history, he smiles, nods, mentions Laura Ingalls Wilder and thinks he knows all there is to know. That’s definitely not true, but it is a good start on life in the nineteenth century. Laura’s history follows the history of the country from pioneer girl to farm wife. Learn a general overview of Wilder’s life with some interesting ways her story fits in with social history and American history along the way. The program features photos taken at all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites and museums. A good choice for any age group, this program offers the most in depth information  about Wilder’s life of my programs that survey Laura’s entire life. I can change the level the information is pitched at and I’ve presented it to great applause from early elementary school to adult groups.

It requires the ability to present in PowerPoint which means being inside, with electricity and a place to project. I can bring my own projector along or I can use yours. The program is a live show so length can vary, but it normally takes between 50 and 55 minutes. I prefer to have at least 10-15 minutes for questions afterward, but that is optional and if I need that long depends on whether it’s a talkative group or not.

Alternatives for Presentation

A Long Way Home can be presented several different ways. I can present it either as myself or in character as an older version of Laura. Presenting as myself allows me to add insider stories that Laura either wouldn’t know or probably wouldn’t tell about her family.

Alternatively I can present this in character as an older Laura. The set up I use is we’re back in 1931 and Laura has just gone through her second round of rejections from her attempt to get the story in print as a picture book. Although Laura always wanted to preserve her father’s stories and what pioneer life was like she begins to doubt herself. She decides in 1931 when after receiving a second batch of rejections for her book she’s asked to rewrite what will ultimately become Little House in the Big Woods yet again. She tells the story of her life to her neighbors to see if they think the story is worth her rewriting her book one more time.

Sound interesting?

If this sounds interesting to you, ask a local museum or library to have me come and present A Long Way Home, the General Laura program.

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.

 

Episode 5 – Laura’s On Air Birthday Party

February 7, 2016

Check out our very first on-air birthday party and tune in tomorrow (Feb 7, 2016 – 2pm CT) for this year’s party.

Sarah's Notebook

Did you miss it? If you want to listen to Episode 5Laura’s On Air Birthday Party, you can find it in the Blog Talk Radio Archives here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2011/02/08/trundlebed-tales-ep-5–celebrating-lauras-birthday

Or find all the past episodes on iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/trundlebedtales-blog-talk/id412309121

Be sure to explore other episodes at:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales

Charlotte Doll

My First Party

This very first on-air party was when the show was first starting out and you’ll find more issues with it than usual . :) The format was a little different too because it’s mostly me instead of a call in as I talked about how Laura herself would have celebrated her birthday in the 19th and 20th centuries and how birthday celebrations changed over the years.

Description in Archive

Come celebrate children’s author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday on February 7, 2011, the 144th anniversary of her birthday. Grab a piece of virtual birthday cake and learn about…

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Pomona Gingerbread Party

February 6, 2016

It’s time for the Pomona Public Library Gingerbread Social.

Sarah's Notebook

Every year on the Saturday closest to Laura’s birthday , the Pomona Public Library hosts a gingerbread party in her honor. Started on the 100th anniversary of her birth in 1967, it’s still a major Wilder event. I haven’t gotten there yet, but it’s definitely on my list of life goals to visit. Read about the plans for this year at the link below.

http://pplchildrens.blogspot.com/2009/01/little-house-in-big-woods.html

50th Anniversary

Really I’m not sure why they are saying 2016 is the 50th Anniversary. Everything I’ve been able to find on it (including the poster they sent me for their 25th anniversary) said they started in 1967 so I’ve been trying to figure out how to get out their for their 50th anniversary in 2017, but apparently this is the year they are celebrating. I know they’ve cut back festivities, attendance has been less, and it’s been harder to find volunteers (just like everywhere)…

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T-Shirt of the Month February 2016

February 5, 2016

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 we’re going to try a new monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Clothes are one of those things that I once kept as a firm line not to cross as part of my efforts to restrict my Laura collection to a reasonable size. That totally failed when I discovered how great it is to have a Laura t-shirt on when traveling. It really makes it feel like your trip has already started once you get in your car.

Pepin Polo

Pepin Polo

A variation of the Laura t-shirt is the Laura polo shirt. While not the thing to wear in the hottest weather, polo shirts look more polished than a plain t-shirt. I especially love this one I got at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society giftshop in Pepin, Wisconsin. It has a lovely cabin embroidery over the left breast and is a lovely complimentary blue color. It has an unfortunate tendency to wrinkle a little bit, but otherwise I think it’s one of my best Laura shirts.

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.

Mentions January 2016

February 4, 2016

Edwardian Sarah

I always collect online or print articles where I was mentioned during the month.

There was a nice feature this month in the Kirkwood staff magazine on me and my collection.

Olinger, Nancy. A Step Back in Time. We Are Kirkwood. January 2016. Web.  http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=37574#sarah

 

This month I wrote an article for the official Little House on the Prairie website.

Uthoff, Sarah. “Grown-Up Laura Ingalls Wilder Party.” Little House on the Prairie. n.d. Web. 3 February 2016.

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/grown-up-laura-ingalls-wilder-party

(Note: This was published on February 3, 2016, but not dated on page. )

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.

Top Ten Posts January 2016

February 3, 2016

Sarah on library staircaseI want to share the blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday 2016
Report on New Project from Mary Ingalls Society
In the Kitchen With Laura Whipped Cream
Pride and Prejudice Walk
Iowa City Park Zoo
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
2016 Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Days in Pepin 2013 Day 1

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.

February 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

February 2, 2016

February tends to be bad time for Laura Ingalls Wilder events since in the northern part of the country tends to have event cancelling weather, but many people buck the weather and try anyway for local events. (Would it have killed Laura to be born in May? LOL) Here are the ones on my radar.

Cabin in the Light

Cabin in the Light

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – 7pm Annual Meeting
This year they will have an inaugural performance on a newly-acquired reed organ, restored by Dave Zahn. Check on their Facebook page for notice if weather causes a delay.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 2 pm CT Marc and Brandi Janssen host the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Show at Uptown Bill’s (see the Mickey Rooney movie Bill). Music and stories from the Little House books. Great afternoon of entertainment.

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 2 pm CT Trundlebed Tales On-Air Birthday Party Stream/Call in from anywhere
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/laura-ingalls-wilder-birthday-2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 2pm CT  149th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday
The celebration at the birthplace cabin in Pepin, Wisconsin, will be on Sunday afternoon at 2pm, with hot drinks and birthday treats for all who brave the weather to come out. “snow date” would be Feb 21.

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.

Ozark Watch Rock Architecture

January 31, 2016

Have you ever wondered about the buildings of Mansfield?

Sarah's Notebook

Wilder Town House 1998 Wilder Town House 1998

Have the Buildings in Mansfield Struck You as Odd?

This is something I have wondered about on every trip to Mansfield.  As you are driving along you will notice lots of buildings covered with a red rock facing. It pretty clearly is a facing which always struck me as strange. Around where I live buildings made of stone are made of stone, big solid walls of it, but this appears to be always like a rock version of vinyl siding. I never could quite figure out the point.

The Wilder Town House

I was especially interested because Laura’s house in town, which was clapboard sided when she lived there (according to the “Just as I am Without One Plea” photo), and the Friendship House were both sided in this strange manner. It turns out that this is just a regionalism, that it was just something that…

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Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday 2016

January 29, 2016

It’s time for your FAVORITE Trundlebed Tales episode of the year. This is the episode where I ask you to call in live to my podcast and share:

  • your favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder experience
  • how you started loving Laura
  • the most unusual thing you ever did as a Laura fan
  • your yearly Laura based traditions
  • or anything Laura related

It’s time to celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday.

Pepin Laura Days

Pepin Laura Days

This year Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday will be on Sunday so our show will be at 2 PM.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2016/02/07/ep-73-laura-ingalls-wilder-on-air-birthday-party-2016

Call in at 1 (877) 633-9389 from 2PM to 3PM CT. The number will only be good while the show is live.

If you miss the show live, click on the link above. It’s the same link to hear it in the archive.

Technology willing, I’ll also open a chat room during the program so you can also share that way. If you want to do that it will go easier if you go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com and create a free account before the show. You can also log in through Facebook. I’m going to do an hour episode again so make sure you call in so I’m not faced with dead air.

If you have a story and want to share it before the program because you can’t do it live or don’t want to speak on air you can send it to me at info@trundlebedtales.com

Remember the party starts at 3PM ET, 2PM CT, 1PM MT, 12PM PT

Find previous year’s archives of my birthday programs:

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.

 


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