Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Church bell in Belfry
Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove with Pa’s Bell

I recently reposted a video I had made of long-time Walnut Grove leader Shirley Knakmuhs ringing Pa’s church bell on Facebook.

From the TV Show

I got an interesting comment from “Nellie” from the TV show.

Quote from facebook December 15, 2018:

Alison Arngrim This real one is SO MUCH nicer than the fake one “Tinker Jones” “made” on the show! LOL. Ours was fiberglass and just went “thunk, thunk, thunk”.

Now I’ll “thunk, thunk, thunk,” every time I see that episode.

Walnut Grove Bell

The original Congregational Church building was torn down decades ago. Today the bell lives in the belfry of the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Unfortunately the design they chose for their belfry makes it difficult to see or photograph the bell well. The bell is rung every Sunday with the service alternating between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. During the Laura season the church is sometimes open or you’ll find someone who’ll let you in and you’ll hear the bell ring other times.

Red Church Bench in Museum
Congregational Church Bench

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove has a bench believed to be from that original Congregational Church. For a long time it was in the small church built on museum grounds, but today it’s inside the Laura building at the museum.

Church tower pulled up in air with rope at Walnut Grove Pageant
Pageant Chruch Building

You can also see a recreation of the building of the church of each night of the Walnut Grove pageant Fragments of a Dream. The town comes together and dramatically pulls up the bell tower.

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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Cherry Blossom Schedule 2019

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield (MARSH, not MANS), Missouri is a big event. National level speakers come and present. There are reunions of TV show actors and prominent individual actors. I still haven’t made it, but I’ve wanted to for years. In the past few years they’ve made more of a connection with the both the TV show cast and with the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum in nearby Mansfield. Last year they had a special meal as a fundraiser for the care of museum artifacts. This year they are adding a more formal connection with the museum, including a tour of the site as part of their scheduled events. Tickets go on sale for this year Washington’s Birthday, February 17, 2019.

Find information about this year’s VIP guests by scrolling down their Facebook page. 

Learn more about the festival on their website.

So far this is the schedule they’ve released. I’ve retained their formatting except for making the individual days a heading.

Thursday, April 25 Cherry Blossom Schedule:

(10 AM-5 PM)- Cherry Blossom Quilt Show, sponsored by the Cherry Blossom Auxiliary- Marshfield Assembly of God
9 AM- Louis Picone, Presidential historian and author will speak about our U.S. Presidents- Marshfield Assembly of God.

10:30 AM- “Dear Mrs. Lincoln” Panel, featuring cast members from the historic production: Michael Learned, Conni Brazelton and other- Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- “The American Civil War” Panel, featuring panel members whose relatives were involved in the Civil War. Including Bertram Hayes Davis (Jefferson Davis descendant), Frances Pool (daughter of a Union veteran), Mary Todd Lincoln family member and others- Moderator, Tim Pletkovich – Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- 1 PM- Enchilada Dinner benefiting the Fordland Memorial Library- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $8, pay at the door

1:10 PM- Cherry Blossom Tea, Ginger Alden (Elvis Presley fiancée) will speak and hold a book signing- Marshfield First Baptist Church (Donations accepted)

3:10 PM- “Remembering WW II” Panel, featuring WW II veterans, including: Jack Hamlin, James Shipley (Tuskegee Airmen) and others. Moderator, Myra Miller- Marshfield Assembly of God

4:30 PM- Ella Dickey Literacy Awards, Honoring: Pamela Smith Hill, Gunther Skaletz (Holocaust Survivor), Louis Picone, Chris Noel (actress), Geraldine Hawkins, Resa Willis- Marshfield Assembly of God

4:30 PM- 7:30 PM- Fish Fry to benefit the Vivian Stuber Memorial Library of Niangua- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $9, pay at the door

5:45 PM- Bobby G and Lily Garst History Series: “Reflections of the Vietnam War” Panel, featuring Vietnam veterans and a USO performer. Moderator, Mary Achor- Marshfield Assembly of God

7:30 PM- Clifton Daniel (grandson of President Harry S Truman) brings to life his late grandfather in a one-man production on his life and career- Tickets: $25 (general admission)- Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

Friday, April 26th Cherry Blossom Schedule:

*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from Noon-6 p.m.

*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.

* Quilt Show (10 AM to 5 PM) – Marshfield Assembly of God

9 AM- Robert and Edith Garst History Convocation with Ed Asner (actor) being interviewed on stage- Carl and Glessie Young Community Auditorium

10:15 AM- Annual Missouri Walk of Fame Ceremony, Honoring six famous Missourians with stars on the historic Walk of Fame. Honorees include: Daniel Boone, Conni Brazelton, Paul Hennings, Ed Asner, Rose Wilder Lane – Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum Luncheon- Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the television show, “Little House on the Prairie” with a panel of cast members. Moderator, William Anderson. The luncheon will benefit the fundraising efforts of the Wilder Home and Museum- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Tickets: $25,  www.lauraingallswilderhome.com or 417-924-3626

1 PM- Larry Cook, Presidential memorabilia collector and historian will speak about “Presidential Children”- Marshfield Assembly of God

2 PM- Missouri First Lady Teresa Parsons will ceremoniously plant a Cherry Blossom tree (Location TBA)

2:20 PM- 9th Annual Dred & Harriet Scott Reconciliation Forum- Hosted by the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation of St. Louis- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:30 PM- Demonstration Cooking class with Chef Roland Mesnier (former White House Pastry Chef)- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $50,  www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

3:10 PM- “Remembering Ronald Reagan” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who knew the 40th President throughout his life and career, including: Charles Patterson, Dr. James Broaddus (Commanding Officer at Camp David), James Kuhn (Assistant to the President), Betsy Koons Robertson (Deputy Press Secretary to Nancy Reagan), Rear Admiral James Symonds (First Commanding Officer of the USS Ronald Reagan), Hon. John L. Harmer (Former Lt. Governor of California). Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God

6:30 PM- Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative Dinner presenting Marshfield’s highest honor to several outstanding Americans. Honoring: Eric Scott (The Waltons), Christopher Radko, Carol Combs-Mueller (It’s a Wonderful Life) and others- Richard LaMotte will serve as master of ceremonies- Marshfield Assembly of God
Tickets: $30,  www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174

*Annual Cherry Pie Contest & Auction will be held in conjunction with the Hubble Dinner. Drop off pies from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Marshfield Assembly of God.

Saturday, April 27th Cherry Blossom Schedule:

*Marshfield Lions Club Pancake Day from 6 AM-12:30 PM- $5 all you can eat- Marshfield Lions Club Building

*Vendors on the historic Marshfield square from 9 AM-3 p.m.

*Nostalgia Fest Autograph Show will take place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Marshfield Community Center. Featuring the VIP guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival, complete with a reunion of The Walton and Little House on the Prairie cast and numerous other VIP’s.

8 AM- Randy and Mary Travis will share their testimony at the 9th Annual Presidential Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the Elkland Independent Methodist Church- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall (Donations accepted for Zuzu’s House)

9:30 AM- Geraldine Hawkins, Presidential historian and author will speak about the relationship between Elliott and Eleanor Roosevelt—Marshfield Assembly of God

10:30 AM- “Camp David” Panel, featuring personal memories from those who have worked at or visited the famed Presidential retreat- Moderator, Kevin Abney- Marshfield Assembly of God

11:30 AM- “Legends of Television and Screen” Panel, featuring actors and actresses from several classic television shows and cinema classics- Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), Ronnie Schell (Gomer Pyle show), Linda Kaye Henning (Petticoat Junction), Conni Brazelton (ER) and several others. Moderator, Richard LaMotte- Marshfield Assembly of God

12:00 PM- Marshfield High School Alumni luncheon- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall
Advance tickets: $12, Available by calling 417-839-3560

1:20 PM- “Hidden Waters Wildflower Tour” conducted by Dan Beckner- Hidden Waters Nature Park (weather permitting)

1:20 PM- “Remembering Mamie Eisenhower”, Speaker Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower)- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:20 PM- “Memories of President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush”- Personal remembrances from those who knew the 41st President and First Lady- Marshfield Assembly of God

2:30 PM- Cherry Blossom Cookie Decorating class with Desi Becht (Cherry Blossom committee member)- Marshfield Assembly of God Fellowship Hall- Advance tickets: $20 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 808-345-4975

3:20 PM- “Presidential Family Forum” Featuring descendants of many of the American Presidential First Families- Marshfield Assembly of God- Moderator, Larry Cook

10 Annual State Dinner
Speaker: Richard Thomas (John Boy, The Waltons)
5:30 PM- Doors open
6 PM- Dinner will begin
Marshfield Church of the Nazarene
Tickets: $60 per person
www.eventbrite.com or 417-872-8174

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Book – To the Flag by Richard J. Ellis

Revisiting To the Flag.

Sarah's Notebook

Cover of To the Flag by Richard J. EllisThis book is the story of the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s a very interesting story. How the Pledge developed slowly into its final form, its rise and fall with in schools, and how the physical salute changed over the decades is covered in detail. The story of the history surrounding the pledge is even interesting.has For example, it seems that one of its best known historians was also a plagiarist. The analysis of the early history is the best part and presented in a fairly even handed way. Ellis has his own modern political point of view and the closer it comes to the present time, the less even handed his approach becomes. It’s still a very interesting book for anyone with an interest in the Pledge or the history of education. I’d recommend any one involved in one-room school history read at least the first 2/3rds of the book.

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First Post

I’ve been off-line for over a week at Disney, so since it’s so close to my blogging anniversary, I thought it would be a great time to reshare my very first blog post.

Sarah's Notebook

Welcome to My First Post. I must say that I’m inspired by the wonderful blog (The Editor’s Notebook) that Sandra Oliver keeps on http://www.foodhistorynews.com and borrowed the idea of my name from her. I hope to use this for updating information and new discoveries. I’m going to aim for updating once a week, but I have several pieces of news saved up and it will probably be a few more than that at first.

Sarah S. Uthoff

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Jackanory

I love it when I find a bit of Laura Ingalls Wilder tucked in an odd corner. This one seems extra odd. From 1965 to 1996 the BBC produced a children’s TV series called Jackanory. (It’s from the BBC’s children’s department about that same time as Doctor Who, so even though I’ve never seen Jackanory I’m quite ready to believe it was amazingly cool.)

4 covers of British edition 2 Little House in the Big Woods and 2 Little House on the Prairie
British Editions of the Little House Books

I found this blog post talking about this show:

Out In The Dark

Jackanory was a daily weekday series where they read book across days. The host was Red Shiveley. Original producer Joy Whitby would have the set decorated to the style of the book. Special, original illustrations were provided by Mina Martinez who was frequently used by the BBC.  The music for this span of episodes was provided by Jack Fallon, a jazz violinist, and Rick Jones, a singer.

“Broadcast by BBC1 on Tuesday 25th October 1966, the two hundredth edition of Jackanory was nothing more significant or celebratory than “Out In The Dark,” the second of a five part adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 1932 autobiographical novel The Little House In The Big Woods.”

They don’t have a recording of any of the Laura episodes, but this blog post does a great job of explaining it what it was and you never know. They still occasionally find another episode of Doctor Who, maybe the Jackanory version of Little House in the Big Woods will turn up sometime.

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.

Jean Coday Oral History Interview

Title Card for the VideoToday’s post is doing double duty. In the first half, Jean Coday has long been the driving force behind the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum. Coday’s interview reveals how she got involved with the museum, what role she’s played, and a little bit about Laura’s life in Mansfield. In the second half, I’m going to talk about oral history as a research method. Not a lot of people have a very clear idea in their minds of what research looks like. I like to share examples to help people clarify it in their minds.

This is an excellent example of what an oral history interview is like. An important part of oral history is including indexes and transcripts. Below the video are my notes with general time codes.

 

Ozarks Voices: Jean Coday, Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association, July 14, 2014

Ozark Voices is an oral history project undertaken by the Missouri State University Libraries. The interviewer is Tom Peters, Director of Library. It was shot in the director’s office at the Rocky Ridge complex. Coday also serves as President of HomePride bank in Mansfield.  Coday is from Ash Grove, Missouri.

Why did the Wilders settle in Mansfield? What happened to bring them specifically to Mansfield?

Mower goes by, watch things like that if you do oral history, it’s OK to cut and come back afterwards

August 22nd 1894 Wilders arrive

Cody never met Wilder, she was in Mansfield to visit her father-in-law before Laura died, but husband did, described about 5 min

How do people in town remember her? As farm woman who lived in community, everyone called her Mrs. Wilder

Saw as another farmer

Conversation from book about how got nicknames

Progressive farmers and laying hens

They’re trying to regrow orchard, have 25 trees, been a lot to take care of, have sketch by Laura showing how they planted them

Almanzo was a deliveryman

Almanzo wrote Fruit Growing Experiment Center, station told him to mix lye with oil to keep it on trees

Why Laura wrote the books

How did the books become famous

Why do people want to visit house

About 18 min They still get letters from children “Dear Laura how are you?” because they see her as a friend

Importance of family and love for each other

Did fame turn Laura’s head

Where original manuscripts are located

Mansfield owns 5 of the original “Little House” manuscripts and original Pioneer Girl

What was Rose’s role in books (on side of editor and book agent only)

Rose built Rock House and Laura and Manly lived there 9 years

Rose bringing electricity to farm, Rose brought out a single line phone, party lines were still the rule for decades after

Rose moved to New York City, Laura and Almanzo moved back to Rocky Ridge

About 25 min Irene Lichty and her role in forming association, Lichty’s father had been a Civil War Solider who married a much younger woman so Litchty’s mother was about Laura’s age. When Laura went to town she visited a couple of friends, including Litchy’s mother and the other aunt Betsy Pringle

Coday arrived in 1960, Litchy asked both Coday and her husband to serve on board

They had the house and 2 1/2 acres to start. Lichty was opening house bringing lunch with her, had bookshelf in bedroom with things to sell, by the time Codays came on realized needed to be more organized, they came 3 years after bought the farm

Litchy was primary guide in early years, board helped her in making repairs on home, reinforced it with cables throughout the upper level, they are shooting in Almanzo’s workshop which was briefly the bookstore and then the director’s office, Garage for cars taken down for museum,

Roger MacBride about 30 min

Both get MacBride’s relationship with Libertarian Party wrong, skates around Ed Friendly and Roger’s connection to show

Touch will controversy including court case on behalf of library, Peters sees in terms of intellectual property, Corday barely touches on it

About 35 minutes – People don’t consider Laura a Missouri author although Laura lived decades here. Twain is even though barely visited as an adult. Laura is a Missouri author by choice.

Laura going back to South Dakota and Rose’s feelings about Mansfield

Current fundraising projects – archives and museum buildings, adding trail

Have chicken coop, garden done by Baker Creek Seeds, hopes to return to original driveway and turn into a 1920s/1930s working farm,

About 42 min – worked on buying back land, now about 180 acres

Didn’t buy additional land until 1990 when bought the Rock House and 50 acres for 100,000. Paid that back and bought place across the way. Last buy was 87 acres that horseshoed around homesite. Still paying that off.

Hoping will increase visitation. Think will add 15% to visitation and hope that will encourage town to create more tourist supported businesses like hotels, bed and breakfasts, etc.

They still have contacts almost every week about someone wanting to do an article.

She re-reads the “Little House” series every year.

“She told a story in a way that is timeless and it was in a way that is so charming and so sweet that everybody feels better after they read them…You just feel like you’re part of the family. That’s how the children who read them or have them read to them feel.”

Note about Civil War women

Oral History

Some good points they demonstrate for oral history:

A good idea with oral history is to be part of a larger project like this one from Missouri State University Libraries. It makes it easier for people to find your efforts and helps guarantee that the work won’t disappear after you die.

Have a list of questions over subjects you think they’ll know about.

Try to make the subject comfortable.

Some points they can work on:

An important part of oral history is also making a transcript. While transcripts don’t always pass on the nuance of a recording, a print version makes it easier to scan to find and search and print formats are usually more stable than those of audio or video. YouTube does do an auto transcript, but I don’t see any attach transcript although they may have one separately.

You control your environment. People are going to be listening to this hopefully for decades. Pay attention to the sound. Get rid of background noises like lawn mowers by requesting they wait or waiting yourself. Have a good quality mic.

Learn more about Oral History:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/beginning-oral-history.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.

Quote: “I didn’t know you had really…”

Revisiting a great quote!

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Sarah on library staircase

Today’s quote comes from Rex Stout’s Some Buried Caesar. I started reading Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books because Bertie Wooster in P.D. Wodehouse’s novels did and I’m so glad I did. They are ripping good detective stories as Bertie might say. Anyway I was re-reading the book and this one quote really spoke to me. One of the characters is addressing Wolfe and I hope that the same quote can be said about me. It’s at the end of chapter 8, my edition has it on page 106.

“I didn’t know you had really earned your reputation, so many people haven’t, but I see now you have.”

UPDATED January 1 2019: I added my current signature block and added a photo..

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…

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