Top 10 Posts of December 2016

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Little House Fans Head North
Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2016
25 Laura Days of Christmas
Welcome to the 150th Anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birth Year
Where did Albert come from?
Pepin County Celebrates 150 Years – Pepin Pickling Company
Mary Ingalls ISBSSS Society Update Fall 2016
T-Shirt of the Month December 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2016

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.

SHARE: Get Human on the Phone

A useful website.

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The following website was recommended to me as a way to get around being trapped in one automated menu after another when what you really need is to be able to talk to a real human being. I haven’t tried any of these out yet, because it hasn’t come up since I was given the site, but I wanted to pass it along anyway.

www.gethuman.com

UPDATED January 14 2017: I just tried again and the website is still up, running, and useful.

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…

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Digital Natives and Information Literacy

I recently gave my Digital Natives program at the Kirkwood Community Colleges Collaborative Learning Days. Here are the notes and links. Even if you haven’t heard the program I think they may prove useful.

You hear the term Digital Native tossed around a lot about young people today. A true digital native would be information literate. Information Literacy, making sure people can find, evaluate for quality, and use the information that they need and think critically about it, is a big part of any library. This presentation will point out practical points that you can help people learn to evaluate and secure information. Topics covered will include website evaluation, how the Internet becomes an echo chamber of your beliefs, how to build better passwords, and the importance of a digital will.

Find an early version of this program online courtesy of the State Library of Iowa.

Below you will find the links that I used in the program. I think you will find them interesting.

What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials
Eszter Hargittai Delaney Family Professor, Communication Studies Department, Northwestern University

Information Literacy –

making sure people can find, evaluate for quality and use the information that they need

Find the longer definition from Association for College and Research Libraries.

Keyboard

Four Generations

Kao, Grace, Elizabeth Vaquera, and Kimberly Goyette. Education and Immigration. Hoboken: Wiley, 2013.

Online Things You Should Know

Constantly Online – Pew Research
PhotoPin to find Copyright Commons Photos
Gizmodo’s 25 Mostly Commonly Stolen Passwords from 2015
Human Memory Isn’t Good Unless It Has Been Trained
“we live in a world of misquotes.”
Password Hints from Kirkwood Community College

Double Check sources

Digital Will from DC Bar

Information Literacy Awareness

From the Information Security Office:

Iowa Information Security Office provides the Information Security Awareness Training – Summary 2016 is available to public library staff at no charge.  Libraries that would like to add their staff may contact me. I need the following information for each account created:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address (Note: each user must have a separate email address. Shared accounts are not permitted)

The office also has security awareness handouts (bookmarks and brochures) available to libraries at no charge. Libraries that would like handouts may contact office.

Alison Radl, MPA, MS-InfAs
State of Iowa
Information Security Office
SecurityAwareness@iowa.gov
515-725-2019

Design Literacy

Do you use these design principles?

Want to read the Twitter feed, but don’t have a Twitter account, no problem. Here’s how.

UPDATED January 12 2017: I added a link to a video of an early version of this program.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom During 2016 Ep80

Listen to our 80th episode celebrating Laura fandom in 2016.

Sarah in DeSmet in April 2016
Sarah in DeSmet in April 2016

The 149th anniversary of Laura’s birth.

Laura was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame with a ceremony in April.

Jerry Pinkney won the ALA’s Wilder Award.

I presented at the South Dakota State Historical Society conference about Laura Ingalls Wilder and Food.

Books

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by William T. Anderson

Little House Coloring Book

Available new paperback editions of 2 scholarly books announced by Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, SD.

Little House Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture by Anita Clair Fellman (which includes a Sarah Uthoff reference).

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture by John E. Miller

Pomona, CA

Did a celebration for the 50th anniversary of their Gingerbread Sociable last year (which was really their 49th)

Pepin, WI

Did dry run for the cabin birthday event this year

Annual meeting introduction of newly restored organ

Sugaring Off Dance

Independence, KS

Rebuilding year

Walnut Grove, MN

Karen Grassle (Ma on the TV show) returned. Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) and Wilder expert Bill Anderson also spoke.

De Smet, SD

I spoke at the Ingalls Homestead

Tessa Flak had first full year as director. The Memorial Society in De Smet has long staunchly held that when you pay a subscription for Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore that was all you were getting and it was completely separate from the museum is rolling the subscriptions into a new membership program. They will honor current subscriptions until they expire including current lifetime memberships, but it will no longer be an option to get new ones. A wish list for donations is listed in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lore with a fuller explanation of the new membership program.

Mansfield, MO

Opened new museum that have long wanted officially in April as part as their long term site plan.

Malone, NY

Mountain Lake PBS produced a news magazine segment on the Almanzo Wilder farm.

Almanzo and Laura Anniversary Celebration – Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bill Menke, husband of Almanzo Wilder farm former archivist Elizabeth, passed away this year. They also lost former volunteer Fred Holmes and current volunteer Bonnie Demerse died this year.

Ken Pulsifer was a long time volunteer and board member who constructed a trail to the schoolhouse. A new sign was put up this year with the trail’s name “Schoolhouse Trail” and Pulsifer’s name.

Other Museums Major Events

Anaheim White House – Anaheim, California Dinner with 7 Little House on the Prairie TV Show stars – March 19, 2016

Old World Wisconsin -World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016

Heritage Hill in Green Bay, WI

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Henry Ford – Short Daily Program Oct. 1-Oct. 30

University of Missouri – MOOC Pamela Hill Smith presented her MOOC on Laura Ingalls Wilder again. This time she combined the two halves she created originally and added a little more.

Join us next time to look ahead to Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom in 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.

 

Favorite Purchase

Revisiting one of my favorite pieces from my merchandise collection. Please comment with one of your favorites.

Sarah's Notebook

Loftus Suspenders Loftus Suspenders

During my programs, I often point out how dangerous Laura collections are. Once you get to a certain tipping point, it gets harder to justify to yourself why you shouldn’t buy that 9th version of a stuffed Jack. (OK, it gets to be impossible – trust me – it’s an addiction.) That brings me to the point of today’s blog entry. Of all the stuff I got this summer just because I couldn’t bear not to my absolute favorite was this little number from the Loftus Store. It’s miniature mounted suspenders on a cardboard cutout of Pa’s shirt representing the pair that Laura, Carrie, and Ma bought Pa for Christmas in the books. It’s just too cute for words.

1876 Suspenders 1876 Suspenders

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa has a pair of flowered suspenders from 1876.They are a good example of the kind of…

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Time to Book a Program

We’re at the start of the new year and requests for programs are coming in!

If you’d like to see me in person, tell your local library, museum, conservation center, or service group. Still on the fence? Here’s an example of one of my programs. It’s a shortened version of my Christmas program.

Funding

If you are in Iowa, I suggest you look into funding my program through a Humanities Iowa grant. It’s just a little half page form and you can have me speak for $50 (depending on location overnight accommodations might also be required separately). You don’t have to go through a Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau grant, but it is such a good deal that I strongly recommend it for programs in Iowa that qualify. I am also available to speak out of state.

Booking a Program

Presenting at Ottumwa

Presenting at Ottumwa

The booking process:

1.       Decide roughly what you want me to do. Do you have a program in mind? Read all about my possible programs.  Are you thinking about extras like handouts or crafts? How long do you want me to be there outside of the program (for example if it’s an event do you want me to circulate awhile before the presentation and drum up interest?)? Also, do you want me for one program or more?

2.       Contact me and set up a date. We both have to agree on a date and time that works for both of us.

3.       Price depends on exactly where you want me to go and what you want me to do. Please contact me so we can discuss the details. If you don’t go through Humanities, normally I charge $200 a program with 50 cents a mile mileage, but exact charges can depend on the answers to number 1 above. You can talk with me for suggestions for funding.

Old Laura Cottonwood Tree

Uthoff dressed as 1930s by Cottonwood Tree at Memorial Site in De Smet SD

Qualifying for a Humanities Iowa Grant

As a member of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau, I am pre-approved for their community group grants. Find a list of requirements at the link above, but basically you need to be located in Iowa and have a program aimed at either adults or families, children only groups are not approved, but I’ve had approvals for groups that met within a school or had school groups come too as long as you also reach out to the public to come to the event. Be sure to specify how you will do that on the grant application.
Please note that you do NOT have to fill out the full grant application that is located under the Grants tab on their homepage. This is a specialized form.
If your group’s event is approved, you pay $50 and Humanities Iowa will cover most other expenses. (Extra costs might apply when an overnight stay is necessary, for supplies if you choose to add an optional craft, etc.)   For more information check their webpage.

Or contact them at:

Storytelling

Storytelling

Humanities Iowa
100 LIB RM 4039
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

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.

30 Top Posts of 2016

Sarah Uthoff sitting on merry-go-round in front of one-room school
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

Each month I’ve started to share the top 10 blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month.  Since it’s the end of the year here are the top 30 posts with the most views during all of 2016. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. 🙂

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Iowa City Park Zoo
July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2016
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
James Wilder’s First Wife
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday 2016
Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2016
Little House Fans Head North
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Where did Albert come from?
2016 Events in Pepin
Pa’s Beard
What comes next?
Wilson Rawls
Missing Murals of Iowa City
Laura Ingalls Wilder SD Conference Update
Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1
Monkey Business in Iowa City
Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2016
In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014
2016 Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Links
May 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Red Chief Tablets
Mary Swanzey Harris Gift to Mansfield
Report on New Project from Mary Ingalls Society

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.