1600th Post

I started this blog a little over 10 years ago in February 2007. Tonight I hit 1600 published posts. My goal has been to share information about Laura Ingalls Wilder, one-room schools, food history, and social history in general. I focus on helping to push out information I find and to create new material. 

The blog is called Sarah’s Notebook within Trundlebed Tales. I took the name from Editor’s Notebook from the editor of Food History News because I loved that publication. I picture it as a real notebook with each blog post a page of things I want to tell people about or find again. In addition to my main topics, I add a scattering of tech tips, book and movie reviews, and quotes in general. So browse around you never know what you’ll find.

From my first post to this one, I hope that you’ve found my blog useful and interesting. I want to thank everyone who has read along and I hope that you will continue to – note the number on the drafts, I’ve still got a lot to say.

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 Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,   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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Book: “My Father’s Dragon” and “Elmer and the Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Revisiting my father’s dragon.

Sarah's Notebook

9780679889113_p0_v1_sAn alley cat directs Elmer Elevator to Tangerina to rescue a captured baby dragon with the help of 2 dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a comb. The first book ends with them leaving the island and the sequel picks up having just left the island and they struggle to find their way home.

I used to shelve these books often when I worked as a library aide. The cover appealed to me, but I just never got around to reading them (OK listening to them while I drove) until now. These two books are one of those perfectly plotted books where everything comes together in a satisfying conclusion. The one loose end left at the end is has Elmer seen the last of his dragon? but other than that the author remembers every stray tangerine peel and it comes back again. They are really little gems. Simple and…

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T-Shirt of the Month October 2017

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 enjoy our new monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt each month.

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.

Shirt of the Month

Here is this month’s t-shirt:

T-shirt hanging on a hook
Map of Lake Pepin

This shirt wasn’t from a giftshop at one of the museums. One of the great things about Pepin is that it is more than a Laura tourist town. Pepin is among the towns that is used as a weekend away town for people from the Twin Cities. That means it can support more good restaurants and arts and craft shops that a town with that population normally could. That’s mostly a benefit to Laura fans (except for the fact they can make it harder to get hotel reservations on weekends).

This shirt was from one of those upscale tourist stores down by the lake. I love it because it has a map. The map is shifted so the river runs horizontal instead of on a Northeast to Southwest flow. It shows major roads in the area with no labels. It also show an absolutely darling little full color cabin showing the rough spot of the birthplace and a lovely color blue for the river. This is one of my favorite 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 Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,   LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

October 2017 Presentations

Sarah at Kirkwood Booth ISF 2017

October tends to be when things start to wind down for the year. We have fewer presentations and events, but we still will have one more burst for the Christmas season in November and the first week of December.

  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, October 30, 2017. (Not open to the public)

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 10 Posts During September 2017

Sarah in Rest Area Restroom

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. :)

Photo Policy Change in De Smet

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

T-Shirt of the Month September 2017

Guiding Light Airs its Last Episode

Elm Trees

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Program Descriptions

Book: As You Wish by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden

Lord is My Shepherd and Walnut Grove Humor

In the Kitchen With Laura April 2014

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 Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,   LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Mentions September 2017

Uthoff at Night Using Tin Lantern
Uthoff at Night Using Tin Lantern

The mentions that Sarah Uthoff and Trundlebed Tales got during the month of September 2017. This month was a slow one on the news front. A little work I did awhile ago as background for a blog post popped back up. If you haven’t discovered History Myths Debunked, the blog or Death By Petticoat, the book, do so. 🙂

Theobald, Mary Miley. “Revisited Myth # 129: Punched patterns on tin lanterns varied by family so people could tell who was moving about outside at night.” History Myths Debunkedhistorymyths.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/revisited-myth-129-punched-patterns-on-tin-lanterns-varied-by-family-so-people-could-tell-who-was-moving-about-outside-at-night Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.

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.

October 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

October is the month that most homesites close down for the year so there aren’t a lot of events, but there are a few.

Wheat
Wheat

Burr Oak IA

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale October 1, 2017 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Vinton IA

Marc and Brandi Janssen Mary Ingalls Fiddle Program – October 15, 2017

Malone/Burke NY

Wilder Fun Fundraiser Golf Tournament – October 13, 2017 Noon- ? Ticketed Event

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  Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.