Most Important Event in American History

March 25, 2015

It isn’t the one you’d think. You might think Independence Day, when the Constitution or the Bill of Rights was ratified, the shots fired on Ft. Sumter, or Pearl Harbor, but Richard McMillan, Professor of History at Pierce College argues that the actual most important event in American history was the Spanish Armada attacking Great Britain [notice I didn’t include spoilers, do you know how it turned out? Informal poll comment one way or the other before watching the video :)]. Actually it’s also a pretty great description of what happened to the Spanish Armada complete with animation, so enjoy!

Are you convinced?

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.

Manchester Tornado Anniversary

March 22, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Update: Glad to update what’s going on in Manchester. I made sure the links worked and I added a link to a video and a link to a blog post on the compromise.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

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In June 2003 I was in De Smet for Ingalls Homestead Teacher Day. I had stopped along the way to pick up Shirley Knakmuhs and her daughter to bring her along. The event went great and I remember standing on the hill with her and her daughter at the Ingalls Homestead. My time had been mostly focused on the event, but high on my priority list of projects was to go and get more photos of Manchester, the next town down the tracks from De Smet, the birthplace of Harvey Dunn, and most importantly to me the long term home of Grace Ingalls Dow. We were already past the time we originally planned to leave (a common event with me and De Smet) and I turned to the west and calculated how much extra time a quick jaunt to Manchester would add. With one thing and another I…

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Find Converters

March 20, 2015

Sometimes you have to convert a number into something else. That can be something like inches into centimeters or standard time into military time. This handy dandy list shows websites that will handle these conversions and many others for you.

Modern Measuring Equipment

Modern Measuring Equipment

Convert one type of measurement into another (e.g. inches into cm)

http://www.easysurf.cc/menumt.htm

Convert Time

Convert Across Time Zones:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Convert Standard Time into Military Time:
http://www.calculatehours.com/Military_Time_Converter.html

Convert value of money

From Two Different Points in Time –

For essays on how the process works and its accuracy:
http://eh.net/hmit

For US dollar conversion between two years (this is my favorite such calculator tool, with the most information):
http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/

Convert Currency Across Countries:
http://www.xe.com

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.

Iowa Newspaper Preservation 2015

March 18, 2015

park pavillion It’s been an on-going issue that I’ve posted about multiple times. Due to funding cuts the microfilming and preservation of Iowa newspapers effectively stopped in 2009. These efforts were headed up by the State Library of Iowa. This has been of great concern of historians around the state. Once these newspapers are gone they are almost impossible to track down. It’s also a matter of beating the clock because most newspapers have gone to using cheaper paper and ink. While this choice saves them money and allows them to say they are going green (which is true, these inks and papers are better for the environment), but it also means they break down much quicker than newspapers from previous decades.

So it is with something of shock that Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs basically turned down money to restart the project that was in the process of being approved via a bill by the General Assembly. According to the story below they are in the process of doing a study on the current state of all collections and want to develop a plan going forward before they act. Personally, I’m all for plans and as papers create digital only content new methods will hopefully be developed to capture them. That said they have such a big backlog of paper copies of newspapers now, I would definitely have taken the earmarked money. You can never tell if something like that will be offered again and my guess is that it won’t be.

The study will examine all the collections held by the historical society and prioritize where money will be spent. It will specifically look at the newspaper plan and will consider whether to keep producing microfilm or to move to a digital format of preservation. Microfilm is still the gold standard for preservation. It has a proven track record to be stable over a long period of time with no additional work necessary (that’s not true for work copies, but preservation copies that are merely stored and sometimes copied). Microfilm is also a format that even if no microfilm reader is available you could jerry-rig something fairly easily to retrieve the data. Microfilm is also relatively easy to transform into a digital copy for access purposes. Digital preservation can allow for easier and wider decimation of the preserved copies. However, media formats haven’t shown long term storage capabilities. It requires a lot of work to keep digital records accessible in programs that people can still use.  For example, I’ve seen news stories about research being done on the moon landing that required people to re-enter data from paper print outs since the original digital files are no longer accessible. Even when digital information is kept up to date, each time you have to update to a new file standard to keep things accessible some small amount of the data is lost just by the nature of the process. The study also looking at what is already being done by other entities to save copies, especially newspapers themselves. While it may be better to spend funds on resources that haven’t been preserved at all, preservation done by private companies is always at risk and well worth duplicating by public institutions if funding is available.

So in short, I’m going to keep an eye on this developing story and you should too. I hope we hear more about this soon.

http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/State-Not-Archiving-Newspapers-102035.shtml

Find previous posts linked to my last year’s report:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/iowa-newspaper-preservation-2014

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.

Movie: Star Trek (2009)

March 16, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Looking back today at one of my all time favorite movie reviews that I’ve written.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

SPOILER ALERT!!!

This week I went to see the latest Star Trek movie. I know, know, it’s been out awhile, but I was waiting to see it in IMAX and then I had to find a time I could get to the theater. I have to say WOW! It was definitely worth the wait. However, despite all the reviews and everything I read (and there were more articles around here due to the Riverside connection, see my Riverside post) I was totally unprepared for what I saw. It was NOT a Star Trek movie. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (my personal favorite) and Star Trek III: The Wrath of Kahn were Star Trek movies. This was quite simply the most glorious piece of visual fanfic ever devised by man.

This is going to be more of analysis than a plot summary, so if you want a summary with…

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Newton’s Cowboy

March 13, 2015
My Photo on exhibit at Hoover

My Photo on exhibit at Hoover

Often when you’re driving around the highways and byways of America, you see things you don’t understand. See this collage from an old Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum which included a photo of me in Brandon. This is the story of one of those things that doesn’t have a clue in its actual location, no sign, no information, nothing.

The cowboy is near the McDonalds/Love’s gas station just off Interstate 80 just outside Newton, Iowa. (Note: be careful turning around to get to the drive thru window it’s a horrible turn.) You might know Newton from the Maytag appliances (no longer there), the amazing Maytag Blue Cheese, the Iowa Speedway or their amazing public library. Drive around town if you stop they also have a wonderful collection of downtown murals and a huge lizard statue outside the public library.

The upshot is it was originally in front of a cowboy restaurant in Oklahoma that had some connection with Love’s gas stations. When the restaurant closed down they decided to move it to an active location and randomly picked the Newton location as it was freshly opened.

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 acting 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.

Mary Ingalls Pageant Roving Report

March 11, 2015

August 2014 was first Mary Ingalls Society Pageant in Vinton, Iowa. Below is the link to the podcast I did about attending. I’ve added the highlights of what is talked about in order to help you find a particular part if you are interested. I’ve also added some links to some additional information you might find useful. Also see my podcast on Mary Ingalls and the School for the Blind.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/09/21/roving-report-mary-ingalls-pageant-2014

Vinton very near the Lincoln Highway, the turn off being by the Youngsville Cafe.

Short history of the Mary Ingalls Pageant.

From South take left branch of 218 don’t go straight through town.

Sign and front of school

Sign and front of school

Parking situation around school

People came early and stayed in their seats

Founder’s Room returned to original purpose as historical room. It has since been restored and reorganized and is the ground floor presence of the museum. You can see Mary’s records there. The main museum Third Floor hasn’t yet been restored from storm damage.

Seats are wooden auditorium style seating.

Pipe organ – Iowa Gov. Laurabee organ – hoping to restore organ

Scenes cut from original script that tell more about what life was like at the school

Pageant held in same auditorium where Mary would have attended events in

Changed story to have Mary be the point of view character

Showed what it was like for Mary to attend the school and how the school worked, the amazing impact they had on people’s lives

Return to De Smet based on Grandpa’s Fiddle

Mary Ingalls Pageant this coming year will be August 1, 2, 3, 2015. Hotel facilities are available both in Vinton proper and in the fairly close Cedar Rapids.

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 acting 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.

De Smet Pageant Wow!

March 9, 2015
Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant

Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant

I was just doing a quick check on the time the pageant grounds open before the De Smet pageant (this year their production will be By the Shores of Silver Lake) and found that they’d completely redone their website. There is no other way to describe it than visually stunning. I love the new tag also, “Theater on the Prairie,” which is a nice twist without being too on the nose. I like the About section with the history of the pageant and almost all the information you need is right there.

That said it is set up more for a tablet or a smart phone than a computer monitor. The links at the top are anchors, not true links. The main page slides through nicely on a smart phone or a tablet, but its organization is a lot less clear than the old page. Also, the links to the FAQs and Contact Us, which do open as separate pages, are buried all the way at the bottom of this main page.

So take a look at the gorgeous new site yourself and remember to keep digging if you don’t see what you want right away.  And I do believe that’s my favorite pageant Almanzo in the slide show at the top of the site that starts if you stay on the page long enough (although I would have cropped the sole of Royal’s boot off) :).

 

So check out:

http://www.desmetpageant.org

Also, remember to Like their page on Facebook.

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.

 

 

Lord is My Shepherd and Walnut Grove Humor

March 7, 2015

trundlebedtales:

One of my TV show posts I did a little bit of work on it in preparation for the reblog. I hope you enjoy it.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Normally I don’t do many posts about the Little House on the Prairie TV show, but one thing I always like to pass on about any show is where you can go to see where it was shot.  I came across a reference in a local paper to the filming of “The Lord is My Shepherd” episode. This is the one with Ernest Borgnine. In the episode Laura tries to convince God to let her change places with her dead baby brother, but he sends her angel Borgnine instead.

Prairie at McCone Sod Houses - Near Walnut Grove Prairie at McCone Sod Houses – Near Walnut Grove

According to the Modesto Bee back on Sept. 3, 1974, exteriors were shot at Donnell’s Vista overlooking Donnell’s Reservoir and near Kennedy Meadows. Here’s a link to visitor information on Tuolumne County (where both are located) today.
http://tcvb.com

Now for the humor. The article says those two locations were chosen “because both places resemble mountains…

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Missouri State and Laura Ingalls Wilder and the MOOC

March 5, 2015

I signed up for the Laura Ingalls Wilder MOOC (Massive Online Open Class) that Missouri State offered Fall 2014 with Pamela Smith Hill, but I must hang my head and admit I didn’t actually participate. I was too busy and feeling slightly regretful about it when I happened upon this YouTube Channel and there, for all the world to see, were the video postings from the  class, open and free for all without any of the fuss of the class. So I went through and watched them, put them in order, and added brief notes to let you know the main points of each one. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

I’ve also added on a short section from the other MOOC Missouri State rolled out this year on Ozark History. They had a famous Ozarkian of the lecture segment and this is the one about Laura. I hope his information in the others was more accurate.

4 Laura Ingalls Wilder

An introduction to some Ozark History class.

Promo for the class

All That I Have Told is the Truth

I think this one was an experimental post because it’s replicated below. I’m not sure if they thought there was something wrong with this version or if they wanted to standardize the upload titles or if they wanted to draw attention to this one for some reason.

Week 1 Episode 1 -

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Literary Legacy

How Smith Hill discovered Laura’s books, 1965 Hill first Rocky Ridge visit, 5:08 Betty Love photo journalist who took smiling photo with books, 10:25 Publishing Process

Week 1 Episode 2

All That I Have Told is True

Slight revision of “All That I Have Told” is the Truth above

Week 2 Episode 3

Mythic Beginnings: Tracking the Movement of the Real Ingalls Family

Laura’s earliest memories and how they changed for the early books

Week 2  Episode 4

Plum Creek and the Missing Years

Family moves through Minnesota, what do we know about their moving, Rothville, Missouri, but doesn’t name town, Focusing on 1876-1878, Experiences in Burr Oak mostly from Pioneer Girl

Week 2 Episode 5 Part 1

Where the West Begins (Part One)

Family moves into South Dakota, Argues that South Dakota was setting for strongest books – older when there – won Newbery Honor Books

Week 2, Episode 5 Part 2

Where the West Begins (Part Two)

Laura describing things for Mary influenced writing, First essay

Week 3 Episode 6

Missouri Sky (Part One)

Analysis of Laura’s diary On the Way Home, Images of museum interior and farm outside Rocky Ridge farmhouse

Week 3 Episode 7

Missouri Sky (Part Two)

Moving into Mansfield and adding to Rocky Ridge Farm, Using every opportunity, Laura’s chickens lead her into writing, Rose unhappy in childhood, Laura and women’s clubs, Farm Loan Association, Rocky Ridge farmhouse built from materials on the farm, Laura’s farm writing

Week 3 Episode 8 Part 1

Rose Wilder Lane: A Longing for Far-Away and Unimagined Places (Part One)

Rose’s opinion as expressed in Long Skirts, Old Home Town, Danger of reading autobiographical details from writer’s fictional work, Rose as restless spirit, Rose named after Wild Rose, Rose’s Spring Valley Photo, Almanzo’s illness, Moving to Florida, Rose’s various early professional jobs, Rose’s marriage to Claire Gillette Lane

Week 3 Episode 8 Part 2

Rose Wilder Lane: A Longing for Far-Away and Unimagined Places (Part Two)

Was Rose a reliable narrator? Lane’s vision of “biography” of Jack London was highly fictionalized, Lane’s fictionalization of her own life in Diverging Roads, How accurate Rose presented her own life even in diaries and letters and the emotional reflection of writer

Week 3 Episode 9

Rose Wilder Lane: A Longing for Far-Away and Unimagined Places (Part Three)

Rose’s history after high school, Her history in Europe, Hints at possible romantic connect with Troub, Writing Discovery of Freedom and connection to the Libertarian Party

Week 3 Episode 10 Part 1

A Shared Profession: Mother/Daughter Journalists (Part One)

Rose and Laura began writing professionally at the same time, Rose’s and Laura’s early professional writing jobs, History of choosing a professional name by Laura and other women writers, Newspaper style editing

Week 3 Episode 10 Part 2

A Shared Profession: Mother/Daughter Journalists (Part Two)

Laura’s trip to San Francisco, Comparison of Rose’s and Laura’s work fictionalizing biography, Specific instances of Rose making up newspaper stories, Lane condescending and blunt in her advice to Laura giving advice still useful to writers today

Week 3 Episode 11

Interview with Jean Coday, Director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, Mansfield, MO

Interview with Joan Coday, Coday’s first visit, Rocky Ridge’s welcoming spirit, Coday’s take on Laura’s personality, Coday’s impressions of Laura as someone who lived up in Mansfield, Coday getting involved with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home Association, Plan for developing site, Chicken coop restoration

Week 4 Episode 12 Part 1

Pioneer Girl (Part One)

Reporter went to interview Rose and described their house, Rose as famous writer, Laura’s early stabs towards writing, How her reaction to Pa and Ma’s death supported her writing

Week 4 Episode 12 Part 2

Pioneer Girl (Part Two)

Mary’s death, Rose working on manuscript, Bad magazine year, Rose’s likely opinion, Targeted to adults in magazines, Process of sent out to Carl Brandt, Rose and Laura waiting for word on manuscript, Laura’s dental problems

Week 4 Episode 13

Pioneer Girl (Part Three)

Brandt returned manuscript and suggested they drop it, Rose’s continued work on it and the process with Laura and Rose, Differences of the three versions, Bender story and how it couldn’t be true, Rose’s marketing strategy

Week 4 Episode 14

Pioneer Girl (Part Four)

Bye version cut younger stories and Rose realized potential for possible children’s book. Why Pioneer Girl never published, Time in Burr Oak, Mary’s illness (2/3rds way through), Importance of Pioneer Girl

Week 4 Episode 15 Part 1

Autobiography and Memoir (Part One)

Difference between autobiography and memoir, Argument of whether Pioneer Girl is autobiography, memoir, and fiction

Week 4 Episode 15 Part 2

Autobiography and Memoir (Part Two)

Laura turned to fiction, Standards and ethics of non-fiction versus fiction, Publishing scandals – Lillian Hellman Pimiento not only had she made up fictional details but took on someone else’s life, “Every word she writes is a lie, including AND and THE.”, James Frey A Million Little Pieces, Margaret Seltzer Love and Consequences: Memoir of Home and Survival, the slippery boundary between fiction, nonfiction, and memoir

Week 5 Episode 16

‘Little House in the Big Woods': From Autobiography to Fiction (Part One)

Laura, Manly, and Rose close communication, Rose’s changed opinion about children’s literature, Argument between Laura & Rose over how they would celebrate their wedding anniversary. Berta and Elmer Hader and their involvement. Juvenile version of Pioneer GirlWhen Grandma was a Little Girl

Week 5 Episode 17  Part 1

‘Little House in the Big Woods': From Autobiography to Fiction (Part Two)

Juvenile version of Pioneer GirlWhen Grandma was a Little Girl, Rose identifies material as Laura’s and her role as editing, Transforming voice of novel from older Grandma to child Laura, While Rose offered to do revision of point of view, Laura refused and did the work herself. Business of publication, Role of editors in publishing industry, Rose’s time in Vietnam, Rose’s death

Week 5 Episode 17 Part 2

‘Little House in the Big Woods': From Autobiography to Fiction (Part Three)

Rose’s experience as a newspaper editor, different from normal book editor process was more aggressive, “Rarely is the writing process one of divine dictation”, Discussion of coming up with title, The three book contract at Knopf, original Little House in the Big Woods Harper only for 1 book, Fiery extraordinarily took up the book to make sure it published

Week 5 Episode 18

‘Little House in the Big Woods': Literary Themes and Discussion (Part One)

Changing from youth version of Pioneer Girl to Little House in the Big Woods, 60 years ago line, Expectation of shelf life of the books, Large cast of characters and lack of focus on Laura

Week 5 Episode 19

‘Little House in the Big Woods': Literary Themes and Discussion (Part Two)

The cyclical structure of Little House in the Big Woods, Appeal to readers older than characters – unusual in children’s literature

Week 5 Episode 20

Let the Hurricane Roar

[Sound is muted on this one, adjust your volume accordingly.] – Rose taking on family stories for her writing, Rose turning to novels Courage! aka Let the Hurricane Roar which features characters Charles and Caroline Ingalls, Harpers rejected Farmer Boy and Saturday Evening Post accepted LHR, Laura felt betrayed by Rose appropriating material that Laura was herself using, Laura’s likely take on Rose’s perception that she Rose was being petty and jealous about Laura using her stories, Hill’s commentary of how close Rose’s borrowing comes to plagiarism, LHR is now known as Young Pioneers

Week 6 Episode 21 Part 1

‘Farmer Boy': A Literary Overview (Part One)

Picking up with Farmer Boy, Rose visited Malone and sent back descriptions (for some reason illustrated by a photo of the Wilder home in Spring Valley MN), Rejection of Farmer Boy as part of publishing industry practice, Royalty rate, Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods as companion books

Week 6 Episode 21 Part 2

‘Farmer Boy': A Literary Overview (Part Two)

Process of recreating life of Wilder family that she never experienced, Focus on main character is the key difference between LHBW and FB, Theme of LHBW is that perpetual cycle while FB focuses on changing the character, Excitement of Little House on the Prairie novel

Week 6 Episode 22

Perspectives on Children’s Literature: Middle Grade Fiction (Part One)

Considered middle grade novel focused between ages 8-12, Various definitions, Lack of Newbery wins, Definitions of classifications of children books as a whole, What is considered too graphic for kids, Basic outlines of children’s literature

Week 6 Episode 23 Part 1

Perspectives on Children’s Literature: Middle Grade Fiction (Part Two)

Ingalls family books, Flowerett, Pa’s Big Green Animal Book, Millbank by Mary J. Holmes, Brief run down of children’s literature

Week 6 Episode 23  Part 2

Perspectives on Children’s Literature: Middle Grade Fiction (Part Three)

Comparison of Laura to other historical heroines, Capable girl books, Importance of illustrations, Helen Sewell, Garth Williams illustration process, Comparison of illustrations, says didn’t illustrate same scenes much [ed. note: I’ve found many of the same scenes illustrated in my work comparing the two], Illustration for middle grade chapter books dropped off in 1980s, returned with Harry Potter and graphic novels

Week 7 Episode 24 Part 1

‘Little House on the Prairie': Literary Overview (Part One)

Laura’s drafts on reused paper, how revised, Opening lines of classic children’s literature, Close examination of Little House on the Prairie opening

Week 7 Episode 24 Part 2

‘Little House on the Prairie': Literary Overview (Part Two)

Manipulating chronology from real life to literature, themes driving plots, Importance of neighbors in theme, Dangers of pioneer life, Laura moving to become central character and establishing the real life Laura’s voice

Week 7 Episode 25

‘Little House on the Prairie': Historical Perspectives (Part One)

Context of Kansas settlement within Civil War, Did the Ingalls family actually live in Missouri, Osage land settlement, Photos of the Osage and their connection, Comparison of events in books and real life

Week 7 Episode 26 Part 1

‘Little House on the Prairie': Historical Perspectives (Part Two)

Laura attempts to find Little House on the Prairie Museum site, Laura’s attempts to locate Osage chief, Briefly what is known about Dr. Tann [ed. note – see publication available through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove for more] and Mr. Edwards, Is there any historical proof of the end of  books them being pushed off claim, Rules of Osage land settlement

Week 7 Episode 26 Part 2

‘Little House on the Prairie': Historical Perspectives (Part Three)

Problems with Native American depiction, Garth Williams different take than Helen Sewell, Crisis of wording, Rise of objections to the books for their depiction, Native American perceptions

Week 8 Episode 27

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek': Literary Overview (Part One)

On the Banks of Plum Creek, Foreshadowing, Overconfidence, Grasshoppers, Points out how this book strengthens Caroline Ingalls allowing her to go out on the prairie and to gently criticize Pa

Week 8 Episode 28 Part 1

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek': Literary Overview (Part Two)

Books as literary realism

Week 8 Episode 28 Part 2

Nature is unstoppable force, Love its beauty, fear its strength, Financial security

Week 8 Episode 29 Part 1

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek': Historical and Critical Perspectives (Part One)

Rose’s abandoned novel series, Rose’s move to Columbia and the Tiger Hotel, Rose encouraged to add more details, detailed description of girlhood dresses, Laura and Rose’s editorial decisions about  On the Banks of Plum Creek

Week 8 Episode 29 Part 2

‘On the Banks of Plum Creek': Historical and Critical Perspectives (Part Two)

Grasshoppers, sod houses, Nellie Owens – 3 girls in one

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 acting 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.


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