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.

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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..

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Introduction of Published Works Page

We’re introducing a new page that lists of works that I’ve had published. It’s not a complete list, but includes major works and some that are just favorites. I hope you enjoy taking a look. I’ve copied the text from the original posting here. I’m sure the page will continue to grow and change over the years.

Below is a partial list of the published works from the keyboard of Sarah S. Uthoff:

Uthoff, Sarah. “Library Explains How to Find Additional Resources Online.” Kirkwood Communique. 27 April 2018.
http://www.kirkwoodstudentmedia.com/news/view.php/1033836/Library-explains-how-to-find-additional-. Accessed 2 October 2018.

Uthoff, Sarah. “Museum Evaluation and Fromative Assessment.” ALHFAM Bulletin, 47.3. (Fall 2017): 13-15.
NOTE: ALHFAM stands for Association of Living History Farms and Museums, a professional international organization for people who do living history. They had a problem with a switch in editors and so this edition actually came out in July 2018.

Uthoff, Sarah and Susan Uthoff. “Museums and Food Allergies.” ALHFAM Bulletin, vol. 46, no. 4. Winter 2016, pp. 20-21. http://alhfam.org/museums-food-allergies
NOTE: ALHFAM stands for Association of Living History Farms and Museums, a professional international organization for people who do living history. They had a problem with a switch in editors and so this edition actually came out in August 2017.

Uthoff, Sarah. “About The Ingalls Family.” Little House on the Prairie. n.d. Web. 6 July 2016.
http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/about-the-ingalls-family/
(Note: This was published in June 2016, but not dated on page. )

“About the Ingalls Family.” Little House on the Prairie. (20 June 2016).

With a Committee. Demonstration Manual for Foodways Interpretation – ALHFAM 2016

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. )

“In the Kitchen with Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Little House on the Prairie. (15 Sept. 2015)

Referenced in “Banned Book Week.” School Library Journal blog (26 Sept. 2013)

Referenced in “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic ‘Little House’ series still resonates years later.” Chicago Tribune (9 Aug. 2013).

Interviewed on Dakota Life for “Life on the Prairie” episode May 2013.

“Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life,” by Pamela Smith Hill. [Book Review] Western Historical Quarterly 40.1 (Spring 2009): 113.

“Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life (A Review).”Homesteader 6.2 (2007): 5.

“Letter to Laura.” [Essay] In Jack, Zachary Michael, ed. Letters to a Young Iowan. North Liberty, Iowa: Ice Cube Press, 2007.

“Do You Have an Electric Salad Bowl in Your Museum?” Thresholds in Education 32.3 (Fall 2006): 30-32.

“Twenty-five Years of the Little House Cookbook.The Homesteader (Winter 2006-2007): 3.

With Susan Uthoff. “Admission and Price Comparison 1972 and 2005.” MOMCC Magazine 26.3 (2005): 12-13.

“How to Cash in on a Quality Cookbook.” ALHFAM Bulletin 34.1 (2004): 7 – 9.

“Using LIW in the Classroom: Teachers Share Ideas in De Smet.” The Homesteader 2.2 (2003-2004): 4.

“Notes from Walnut Grove – 30 Years of Celebrating Laura.” The Homesteader 3.2 (2004-2005): 5.

“Collecting Our Past: Flax Machine, Wheel Spins Yarn of Simple Life” Cedar Rapids Gazette (8 May 2005): 2J. [NOTE: Credited to Johnson County Historical Society Staff]

“A Resource for Costuming 1900-1950.” [Book Review] Country School Association of America Newsletter.                 http://csaa.typepad.com/country_school_associatio/

“Ten Years of Celebrating Laura at the Hoover Presidential Library.” American Road: Newsletter of the Hoover Presidential Library Association 27.63 (2003): 15-16.

UPDATED: January 7, 2019

By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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 30 Most Viewed Posts During 2018

Stuffed Brindle Bulldog
Ingalls Homestead Stuffed Jack

These are the most visited blog posts during 2018. I hope that you will check out a few and find some you like and even some worth passing on.

Top 30 Most Viewed Posts

ALA Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Renamed

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Come On the Way Home With Me

Visit the Original Wilder Medal

Dean Butler on Almanzo Wilder Farmstead Site

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

Wilder Pageant Production Rescheduled

Iowa City Park Zoo

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events During 2018

Floods Continue in SW Minnesota

Walnut Grove Pageant Works Towards Recovery

Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Date Set!

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Happy Anniversary to Laura and Almanzo

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2018 Events

August 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2018

Iowa Genealogical Society to Hold Fall Conference

In the Kitchen With Laura Supper vs Dinner

One-Room School Urban Legends

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder First Book Now TV Show

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

The Long Winter on Wisconsin Public Radio

News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

T-Shirt of the Month January 2018

Pageant Travel Advice

What comes next?

Drone Crash at Little House on the Prairie Museum Site

What’s in a Name Trundlebed Tales

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.

 

Top 10 Posts During December 2018

Rose Wilder Lane Birth Historic Marker - October 2018
Rose Wilder Lane Birth Historic Marker – October 2018

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.

And a comment on this sign. When I had been away from DeSmet for awhile, I thought the red splot on my historic marker shot was a red burn on the film since that happens on 70s/80s photos, but I was wrong. It’s actually on the sign. I’m not sure what process they used when they created these makers for the South Dakota State Historical Society, but whatever it is they had an issue. It’s not just this sign that has a big red spot, it’s all their markers from this time.

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

The Long Winter on Wisconsin Public Radio

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

In the Kitchen With Laura Update 2018

Smile You Can Donate To Laura on Amazon Nov 2017

AirBnb in Walnut Grove and Other Lodging

25 Laura Days of Christmas

Pepin Old Fashioned Photos

Christmas Crafts

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2018

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.

In the Kitchen With Laura Update 2018

Another year and we’ve added at least a couple of our In the Kitchen With Laura posts. What is In the Kitchen with Laura? One of the ways I celebrate Laura is through historic cooking. These posts take you into a historic kitchen. Sometimes it’s something to try hands on, sometimes it’s just learning something about food and cooking. All of them are things you could do, In the Kitchen With Laura. Here’s a longer explanation. Enjoy the directory of all the posts from this popular series.

Sarah in costume holding Fannie Farmer and Joy of Cooking cookbooks
Fannie Farmer and Joy of Cooking Show the Change in Cooking

What is In the Kitchen With Laura?
http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-ingalls-wilder

Learn more about my program In the Kitchen With Laura:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/fizz-boom-read-and-in-the-kitchen-with-laura-ingalls-wilder

Check out these images from the program:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-test-shots

Pig Tail
Pig Tail

In the Kitchen With Laura Posts

Butter and Egg Money:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-june-2014

Cambric Tea:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-cambric-tea

Churning Butter as in the Little House books:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-churning-garth-williams/

Cook’s Country Food History Videos:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-morel-mushrooms

Fannie Farmer Cookbook and The Joy of Cooking:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-august-2014

Fire:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-fire

Ginger Water:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-july-2014

Goats:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-april-2014

Handwritten Recipes:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-project-jan-2014

Kerosene Lamps:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-kerosene-lamps

Losing Food Words:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-losing-words

Measurements:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-project-march-2014

Morel Mushrooms:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-morel-mushrooms

Pepper Rings:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/in-the-kitchen-pepper-rings

Roundup of Food History Videos:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-cooks-country-food-history

Shortening:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-may-2014

Spices:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-spices

Supper versus Dinner versus Lunch:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-supper-vs-dinner

Whipped Cream:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-whipped-cream

Woodstove Basics:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-project-february-2014

Wringer Washer:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/in-the-kitchen-with-laura-wringer-washer

UPDATED January 1 2018: I added more explanation in an introductory paragraph.

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.

Blythe be your Yule!

Blythe be your yule!

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Sarah by Bonnet Tree Sarah by the Hats and Bonnets Tree

A card sent in December of 1909 in Pennsylvannia offered the unusual greeting “Blythe be your Yule.” This was recently shared on the ALHFAM listserv. It sung out to me in the spirit of Anne Shirley after she married Gilbert Blythe, as she said “Blythe in name and Blythe in spirit!” Try this greeting yourself!

UPDATED December 27 2018: I added a photo from the Hoover Presidential Library Museum and my current signature block.

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…

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