Top 10 Posts During August 2020

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.

Historic Clothes with Micarah Tewers

Laura Ingalls Wilder Digital Pageants 2020

Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls from Cottage Chronicles

T-Shirt of the Month March 2017(Nellie’s Restaurant T-shirt in Walnut Grove, MN)

Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

Millbank World Read Aloud Day

James Wilder’s First Wife

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Laura Ingalls Wilder Summer 2020

Pomona Public Library

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.

Pepin/Spring Valley Trip 2007 – Part 1

Revisiting Pepin 2007

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I had a great trip this last weekend. I only wish it could have been a longer trip, but hopefully next year I’ll be able to stay for Sunday and Kitty Latane’s Pepin in Laura’s time program. I tried a different route up to Pepin this year that I was told was shorter. It ended up being within 15 minutes of the other route. It did take me through some different country.

One new place I stopped was New Hampton, Iowa. They have a great public library. It’s the prettiest new construction library I’ve ever seen and I recommend anyone considering an addition or new construction of a library to visit them.

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I stopped along the way at Spring Valley, MN. I had lunch at the A & W there. (It’s a genuine drive-in and I highly recommend it to anyone whose passing through the…

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Mentions July 2020

Sarah in WG Wagon by Sign
Sarah in Walnut Grove Photo Op Wagon

I have a few more mentions this month for taking part in the Walnut Grove digital pageant this year.

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Digital Pageants 2020

This year all three of the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageants were canceled (Walnut Grove, De Smet, Mansfield, inclusive). The Walnut Grove and De Smet pageants decided to go online. Note these videos are only up temporarily so once they come down the links will be broken.

De Smet Pageant

This year the De Smet Pageant was supposed to be The Long Winter. They are on a system now where they rotate through all the novels in the series set in De Smet. They thought it would be too hard to get permission to do the book. I had originally hoped they’d do the Hallmark Hall of Fame radio play (which they had the rights to and which would have been really cool). Instead they announced that it was going to be based more on other people’s experiences in town.

Having seen it now, it was still more focused on the Ingalls family than I expected. It still has more on real people than the supporting player status they normally get.

They live streamed it on Facebook on Saturday, July 11, 2020. It was repeated twice on South Dakota Public Radio and for right now you can still stream the Facebook version.

Walnut Grove Pageant

The Walnut Grove Pageant took a different tack. They are had a program what should have been each night of the pageant. They joint livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. There were some technological issues on a couple of the nights, but for a brand new attempt they did a great job.

Currently the episodes are still available on YouTube, but they’ll be coming down. However, they are working on released them on DVD. An additional fundraising project for it is selling these great shirts.

Support Your Local Pageant

Fans who visit some of the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived have been able to get a peek at “Laura” and her family through a pageant. These pageants have been going for decades. They are staged almost entirely by volunteers. It’s amazing they’ve been able to stay going for as long as they have. Reach out to the pageants, donate to their fundraisers. Help keep the pageants around for your dream trip.

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.

Major Storm Devastates Eastern Iowa

Solon was in the center of the storm that they are saying was like a level 2 hurricane that hit the entire eastern half of Iowa. We’ve been out of power and on a generator since noon on Monday. We have no electricity, no landline, no TV, no internet. Cell phone coverage has been spotty and cell phone data pretty much non-existent.

I’ve come out to my cousin’s house because her internet is back up. So I haven’t been around much lately. At this time I have no idea when we’ll be up. At 1:30am this morning the power crews got that tree that was blocking the road and hanging on a high power line in front of my house. Look for more from me later, but it will be awhile.

Top 10 Posts During July 2020

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.

Sarah with Balloons on Main Street
Sarah with Balloons on Main Street

Laura Ingalls Wilder Summer 2020

Historic Clothes with Micarah Tewers

Laura Ingalls Wilder on American Masters Gets Date!

Read Along With TV’s Nellie Alison Arngrim

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Presents for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Fan in Your Life

On the Way Home Live Tweet Part 1

Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny

Farming: Then And Now – An online agriculture lesson

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes

Wading in the Creek

Mentions June 2020

Pa’s Beard

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.

Prince Edward Island History

Earlier this summer I took part in the online L.M. Montgomery conference. If you don’t know about it, Montgomery fandom has a strong base grounded in both academic support and loving fanship. If you love Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, try to get to this great conference which is held every other year in Prince Edward Island.

While I was taking part in the online conference I was taken to the University of Prince Edward Island YouTube channel. On it I discovered a series of videos about island history. I thought you might enjoy watching it, too.

Here is the most important one: Where Prince Edward Island Got Its Name

Here is the link to the entire series: Keep an eye out for more

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.

And One More on the Way Roundup 2012

Have you stopped by any of these great additions to Laura trips.

Sarah's Notebook

These are links to a series of posts I did as part of the build up to LauraPalooza  about fun touristy spots that you can add on your Laura Ingalls Wilder trip whether you are coming to the conference or on any Laura trip.

Sarah in WG Wagon by Sign Sarah in Walnut Grove Photo Op Wagon

And One More on the Way 2012

And One More on the Way: Cassville Ferry

And One More on the Way: The Lincoln Highway

And One More on the Way: Phelps Park

And One More on the Way: Barn Quilts

And One More on the Way: Lanesboro MN

And One More on the Way: Sail Lake Pepin

And One More on the Way: Mary Tyler Moore

And One More on the Way: SPAM Museum

And One More on the Way: Little Brown Church

And One More on the Way: Wanda Gag

And One More on the Way: Sleepy Eye…

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Laura Ingalls Wilder on American Masters Gets Date!

Crew in Mansfield

If you’ve been following along with this blog, my podcast, or my trip videos or hung around in Laura Ingalls Wilder online sites you’ll have known for quite awhile they’ve been working on a documentary for American Masters on Laura Ingalls Wilder. Tuesday afternoon PBS announced it’s on their schedule to air on December 29, 2020. (Note: Each PBS station can independently alter their airdates and times. Check your local station’s schedule for exact times.)

I met Mary Murphy (producer), Chris Czajka (assistant producer), and Caroline Curvan (researcher) when I visited Mansfield. They’d visited Pepin during the LauraPalooza conference and Burr Oak right before the Wilder Days in Mansfield. When I saw them in Mansfield they were planning on having around 200 minutes of film and for the final documentary to be 90 minutes. So who knows what will be included?

I can’t wait to find out. 🙂

P.S. I asked them about the other minutes because it sounded like a lot of what they filmed should be preserved even if not used. Apparently they are working on a central, accessible place for the extra film from all these movies. I hope that’s true because I’d love to see the rest of 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.

Burr Oak Laura Days 2012

Check out this video from Burr Oak about their Laura Days back in 2012.

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The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa has put out a video about their most recent event. Put the last weekend in June on your calendar for next year.

I’d like to point out that they are wrong about the games. None of these are games Laura would have played, although they are old-fashioned.

Also, they really should have taken a few second shots of some things. Like when a door opens up and somebody starts to come out and hurriedly backs in, stop shooting and start over. However, it does a nice job showing what the event is like and I think it will make you want to visit next time. I’m especially glad to see they had a stagecoach back which I think is great thing to get a photo of the stagecoach in front of the Masters Hotel. Looking forward to next year.

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