Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2019

Baking on a wood burning stove
Baking at Ushers Ferry

When you think Laura trip, normally think of summer trips. Planning driving trips around the Midwest during the winter isn’t a wise person’s first choice, but sometimes early December is still fine weather. Over the years several of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites have had a Christmas event that first December weekend. Currently Mansfield, Missouri, and Malone, New York, have Christmas Events.

Mansfield MO

December 7, 2019 – Christmas with Laura 6:00pm

Mansfield’s Christmas event is smaller. Refreshment, shopping, and tours of Rocky Ridge are all part of the event.

Malone/Burke NY

Christmas with Almanzo  – December 7, 2019

  • Children’s  craft activities
  • Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

Spring Valley, MN

For years Spring Valley hosted a Christmas tree at their museums. This is the first year without one. I’m sorry to hear it and we’ll watch hopefully for their return.

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.

Top 10 Posts During November 2019

Sarah in her 1890s dress in set up
Me in the set up

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.

Schedule of Presentations

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Pomona Public Library

A Long Way Home A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anne’s American Cousins

September 2019 Roving Reports

American Women Exhibit

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

T-Shirt of the Month November 2019

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Smile You Can Donate To Laura on Amazon Nov 2017

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.

Mentions November 2019

Sarah at the Cupboard Laura is at during the Mansfield library opening

I’ve gotten two November articles for this month. I recently got a copy of the Mansfield Mirror the week after Wilder Days. It had a photo of me with a nice detailed paragraph. [Thanks to Vicki Johnson my friends in Mansfield 😉 ] So I’ve added that as well.

Kelly, Brandon. “Sarah S. Uthoff to portray Laura Ingalls Wilder at Tama County Conservation O.W.L.S. Event.” The Tama News-Herald:The Toledo Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2019, http://www.tamatoledonews.com/page/content.detail/id/609671/Sarah-S–Uthoff-to–portray-Laura-Ingalls-Wilder–at-Tama-County-Conservation-O-W-L-S–event.html?nav=5006, 11 Nov. 2019.

“This is Sarah Uthoff…” Mansfield Mirror. 25 September 2019.

Uthoff, Sarah. “Kirkwood Library Offers Tools for Literacy Awareness.” Kirkwood Communique, Eagle Voice, 30 Oct. 2019, https://www.eaglevoice.com/kirkwood-library-offers-tools-for-literacy-awareness, 8 Nov. 2019.

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.

A Long Way Home A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Me in front of the screen

Every Labor Day weekend the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library hosts a Laura Ingalls Wilder event. Between 1999 and 2010 I was the annual speaker. I’ve been back a couple of times since then. Most recently the Sunday before Labor Day 2019.

I did a version of my program, A Long Way Home. I’d like to thank Cheryl Harness for allowing me to use some of her drawings in this version. I took this opportunity to revisit and change out photos from my trips to Burr Oak, Iowa; Pepin, Wisconsin; Spring Valley, Minnesota; and Mansfield, Missouri. I hope that you enjoy this version.

The first 8 minutes are focused on Tom Schwartz, Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidentail Library and Museum, the introduction about how the papers ended up at the Hoover library. The video includes footage of me presenting and close up scans of some of my slides. It ends before the end. I hope you enjoy it.

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.

Anne’s American Cousins

Revisiting an Anne story.

Sarah's Notebook

L.M. Montgomery Shelf

I just read a very interesting article about L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. It compared Anne with Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Freckles, and other orphan centered turn of the century works. It was strange because somehow I had never run across L.M. Montgomery until Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables production was first shown on the now dearly departed Wonderworks. The advertisements said it was a cross between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (which I had also loved) so how could I resist? I ended up liking Anne even better than Rebecca, so much so that my mother once accused me of having left Laura behind and gone on to Anne (an idea which I quickly disabused her of – I did go to Prince Edward Island as my high school graduation present and loved it.)

The article discusses how Canadian were…

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Over the River and Through the Woods 2019

Sarah by Bonnet Tree
Sarah by the Hats and Bonnets Tree

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is packing up to make a trek to Grandma’s house.

Most importantly be sure to go into Amazon Smile and get your account set up before any Christmas shopping.

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.

American Women Exhibit

Check out this video from the Hoover Presidential Library about their “American Women” display.

Sarah's Notebook

The next time the Hoover Library had a display case dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder was when she was chosen as part of the American Women exhibit in 2000. Laura’s case is shown at Laura Ingalls Wilder  8:41 into the video. In the Wilder case, look for a chair Almanzo made, a table and chair from Rocky Ridge, and the mailbox where Laura received all those fan letters. There are a couple of pages of revised manuscript. Also on the table are examples of Laura’s china and silverware. There are also Sewell editions and foreign editions plus some photo blow ups. I made quite a few trips over there to admire the exhibit while it was up.

Below are the women who got a major mention in the video. On YouTube open the comments and you can click on the times to go directly to the woman you are…

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