Who is Bill Kurtis?

Revisiting Bill Kurtis.

Sarah's Notebook

With all the talk recently about the lawsuit involving Friendly Productions and the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas, you’ve probably heard the name Bill Kurtis. With his sister, Kurtis owns the family property including the museum site. This commercial plays like everyone should instantly recognize him, but I don’t think he really has the same name recognition of say Dan Rather or Walter Cronkite. So if you are still struggling to put a face with the name, here is a YouTube link of the first in a series of commercials he’s done for AT&T wireless. The latest features Michael Phelps . Keep an eye out.


Updated with fresh link. March 19, 2013

Updated October 20 2020: I added a link to Michael Phelps and my current signature block.

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Sullivan Anne of Green Gables Film Production Sites

Regular readers will know that I’m a bit obsessed about where movies and TV shows were filmed. It’s so great to know that you can step into a photo of a story you’ve loved. It can be hard for the regular person to find out where they shot later, so when I find out I like to share.

Sullivan Productions occasionally does a post talking about filming locations, but tends to pull them after a bit. Here is a list I’ve put together. Find previous posts I did on Sullivan locations and notes about filming there here and here.

Just Like Zadar Cow From Hell

One last thing. When I was in junior high a local comedy group filmed a movie, partially by our school. One day we came out and there was Zadar in a livestock trailer in front of the school. I mention old Zadar the Cow From Hell (which sadly I’ve never seen – long story) because I heard about it from a lot of people who had. The problem was we knew the area too well. We could pick out when they shot one side of a street in Ely and the second side in Solon. It was really obvious where they stitched things together to make a new fictional thing. The Kevin Sullivan movies and TV show do the same thing. That’s why you’ll see notes below talking about roads from here and exterior used from there. They didn’t just use one place. Like most movies they stitched together what they needed. You really can’t go where they shot the show because in this world it doesn’t really exist. I guess you’ll just have to find a way to break through into Avonlea.

Where to Find Anne

Butternut Farm – Scarborough, Ontario
Used for Green Gables Exterior

North Rustico – Prince Edward Island
Used for Red Roads – like the drive from the station

Westfield Heritage Village – Rockton, Ontario
Used for Train Station, General Store Interior

Simcoe County Museum – Minesing, Ontario
Used for One-Room School

Pickering Museum Village – Greenwood, Ontario
Used for Walking the Ridge Pole

Windmere House – Windmere, Ontario
Used for Exterior White Sands where buggies drove by

McLean House – North York, Ontario
Used for Anne tried to stop Gilbert from leaving from front of the hotel, Speaking piece on hotel stage

Halton County Radical Railway – Milton, Ontario
Used for train Anne rides in

Victoria College – Toronto, Ontario
Used for series as Queen’s Academy

Spadina Museum – Toronto Ontario
Used for Miss Josephine Barry’s House

Here’s a blog post about a similar topic with photos.

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Halloween Costume Contest for a Safe Halloween

CDC Recommends

This year the CDC has put out some specific advice when it comes to Halloween. Living in the country we don’t get many trick or treaters coming to the door. In fact, our most recent average would be 1 per night. And sadly when I was small enough to trick or treat for me it used to mean driving around to family members, so I can’t say I have that much Halloween to do in person, but I love one of the suggestions from the CDC. Learn more.

Virtual Halloween Costume Contest

Now, costume contests ARE something I’ve gotten to do a lot of. In fact, just 2 years ago I partnered with a friend at the library to be a Disney princess and cast member for the Kirkwood costume contest. [We didn’t win. 😦  ]. However, I did go as, you guessed it, Laura Ingalls Wilder for quite a few years. So I think that a virtual costume contest is an amazing idea since it means we can have entries from all over the country, heck from OUT of the country. Everyone is welcome to participate!

In a previous year I tracked photos of Laura costumes all year. Take a look!

Sarah and her 4H calf Laura

Rules

You need to submit at least one photo of the entry either through social media where you tag in Trundlebed Tales on Facebook or Twitter or send me an e-mail with the photo attached to info@trundlebedtales.com If you want to submit some other way, please e-mail me first.

  1. Who can participate? – Adults, Children, and Pets.
  2. Who do you dress as? – Our main thought is to have people dressed up as Laura, but we’ll also take Almanzo, Nellie, Mary, or Rose. (E-mail and ask if you think of someone else you want to be. I’ll probably say yes, but please ask first.)
  3. When do the photos need to be from? – I’m going to be completely open on this. If you want to submit a photo from a previous year, I’m fine with it.
  4. How do I enter? – Tag me on Twitter or Facebook or E-mail me with an attached photo. If you want to submit some other way, please e-mail me. info@trundlebedtales.com
  5. By when? – Send and tag them to me by November 2nd. That gives you a chance to pick the photos you want if it’s this year’s costume.

Hopeful Thought

I’ve done other contests online that don’t come to very much, but I’m going to try really hard to see if I can get this one going. Please help spread the word if you don’t want to enter.

P.S. Thank you to my cousin Joanna Fletcher who shared out the image from the CDC originally and thanks to the Fox 5 channel that created such a great graphic I wanted to share it.

Sarah in her winter Laura dress

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.

Top 10 Posts During September 2020

Sarah in front of the Mansfield Museum

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

Training, Education, and Conferences

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls from Cottage Chronicles

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

In the Kitchen With Laura Salt Rising Bread

Red Chief Tablets

Wilson Rawls

Upcoming Presentations Fall 2020

Laura Ingalls Wilder on American Masters Gets Date!

Walking the Rocky Ridge Rock House Trail

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder Summer 2020

Freedom School

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.

Training, Education, and Conferences

Tonight I published a new page tonight. It lists my training and conferences I’ve attended.

Training, Education, and Conferences

Below find a listing of trainings, classes, and conferences I have attended in reverse chronological order. This is NOT a complete list, but should give a good feeling of my continuing education in the last 10 years or so.
Farming Then and Now: Hampton
June 9, 2020 – July 10, 2020, Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation thru AEA
Collaborative Learning Days, January 10, 2019
  • Untangling the Copyright and Fair Use Mess (I co-taught)
  • Zoom: Best Practices
  • What Should I Do With My Book? Writing and Publishing a Manuscript
  • The Flawed Peace: The Treaty of Versailles, Adolf Hitler, and the Road to the Second World War
Student Diversity, Access, and Success Training, December 19, 2018
Keynote, Juan Garcia, Senior Director ACT
Intercultural Competency, Kim Fetten
Iowa Library Association, October 2018
Collaborative Learning Days, January 2018
  • Knowing Who Our Students Are
  • Bringing Down the Butcher (Czech WWII history)
  • Office 365
Iowa History Camp
November 11, 2017
Total Participation Techniques
May-June 2017, AEA PD Online

Collaborative Learning Days, January 2017

  • Turning Your Students into Global Citizens in 55 Minutes or Less
  • Accommodation Services – Everything You Have Ever Wanted to Know About Us
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) at Kirkwood

October 21, 2016 Kirkwood Community College
How to legally handle FERPA information for students.

17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong
August 17, 2016 AEA PD Online
ILA Leadership Institute

Every Learner, Every Day: Tools and Strategies to Meet the Needs of ELLs
March 29, 2016 Grant Wood AEA

Cutting-edge research offers better tools and strategies to meet the needs of ELLS than ever before. Together we will review the basics of language acquisition, move into using CBM data to get good measurements of ELD growth, and finish with strategies for ELLs in the content classroom.

McCord Fair Use Workshop, 2016

Innovative Libraries Online Conference (ILOC): Digital Citizenship
– January 21, 2016

Fair use for libraries, academic libraries, and schools – 2015

PLOW: Round 9 – Customizing Your Library PLOW System Website
March 19, 2015 – State Library of Iowa

Google Sites
February 15 – April 12, 2015 AEA PD Online

Iowa Library Association
September 2014

North Central Iowa Library Symposium – It’s All About the Librarian!
April 24, 2014

Iowa Small Library Online Conference (ISLOC)
January 2014

Iowa Library Association/Academic and College Research Libraries (ILA/ACRL) – Big Questions, Big Opportunities: Bringing Start-Up Culture to Our Libraries
May 10, 2013

OLLIE: Online Facilitation
February 13, 2013 AEA PD Online

Iowa Small Library Online Conference (ISLOC)
January 2013

Introduction to the Online Learner
April 27, 2012 AEA PD Online

Iowa Small Library Online Conference (ISLOC)
January 2012

Iowa Library Association/Academic and College Research Libraries (ILA/ACRL) – “The Library is Open: Open Minds, Open Doors, Open Access”
April 23, 2010

Preservation 102: Care and Handling of Textiles, Care of Photographs, Ask the Experts
April 5, 2006

Preservation 102: Photographs and Book Repair
March 15, 2006

By Sarah S. Uthoff
Last Updated: September 30, 2020

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.

 

In the Kitchen With Laura Salt Rising Bread

My In the Kitchen With Laura posts and videos bring you into the kitchen with Laura Ingalls Wilder as we learn about historic cooking.

Seeing the Heat Levels on a Wood Cookstove – Photo of Stove Courtesy of Hillside Homestead

MOMCC Leavenings

One of my volunteer jobs is as Foodways Resource Group Chair of the Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council. One of my first foodways projects was a program where different people divided up diferent leavenings and we all presented what they learned at the next conference. This is taken from the handout I did summarizing what I found out.

My assigned leavening? Salt!….which you’ll have to read about below.

Does Salt Rise Up?

Research summary:

“Salt is not a leavening agent.  It may effect the gassing power of baked products that are fermented.  In breads that are fermented by yeast, salt inhibits yeast growth.  This prevents excessive development of carbon dioxide gas.

There is sometimes confusion concerning a type of bread known as “salt-rising bread”.  Salt does not actually make the bread rise.  The fermentation is due to a type of bacteria found in corn meal or potato that
is salt-tolerant.”  – Rose Magdziarz – Consumer Affairs – Morton Salt

After checking many other sources the above statement was the consensus.

Baking Salt Rising Bread

In our work with salt rising bread we have discovered it has a nice grain. It has a horrible smell that lets you know it is working. While it is not a recipe the modern baker would select, it was a method that efficiently used ingredients on hand and created an acceptable end product.

Although people make it other ways, it was clearly perfect for cooking with a wood cookstove. The starter needs a low source of heat for a long time. It’s the perfect thing to push to the back of the stove overnight. After some experimentation, we discovered that you can subsitute an uncovered slow cooker. Until the bread is baked it really stinks. No, seriously, if you’d smelled it once you’d never forget. Even during the actual baking you’d open the oven and think, this will smell good like baking bread, NOPE it still stinks until it finally done baking when it does smell good. Following is the recipe we have had most success with.

Salt Rising Bread Recipe
Yield: 6 servings

3 medium sized potatoes
2 cup lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
4 cup boiling water
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons cornmeal
2 Tablespoons melted shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon salt
Flour (as needed to develop a dough stiff enough to knead, it varies)

Starter:
Pare and slice potatoes. Add cornmeal, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and boiling
water. Wrap bowl in a heavy cloth. Cover and allow to stand in a warm
place overnight.

In the morning remove potatoes. Add milk, water, baking
soda, salt, and shortening. Add sufficient flour to make a dough just stiff
enough to knead. Knead until smooth and elastic. Form into loaves. Place in well-oiled pans. Cover and let rise until double in bulk. Bake in
moderate oven (400 degrees F) about 45 minutes. 3 loaves.

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.

New Addition to Program Additions Page

Revisiting a coloring book from Homestead National Monument.

Sarah's Notebook

Here’s a direct link to a new addition to my Program Additions (things you can add to programs) page. This is the wildflower prairie coloring book from the Homestead National Monument. Looking for something to color? Trying to identify wildflowers? Here it is below.

http://www.nps.gov/home/forkids/upload/coloring%20book%205-22-06.pdf

UPDATED September 25, 2020: I basically rewrote this one. Clearly I was thinking a lot about the additions page because the previous write up kind of assumed you knew all about it. I double checked the link and added 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…

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Upcoming Presentations Fall 2020

Here are the upcoming programs for this fall. They are going to be online.

OLLI Virtual ClassWriting Isn’t Perfect: Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder – October 14, 2020 Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and MuseumLaura Ingalls Wilder: Around the Next Bend in the Road – Third Thursday at Hoover –  November 19, 2020 – 6:00pm

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.

 

All Dunn Harvey Dunn That Is

Harvey Dunn Art Museum
Harvey Dunn Art Museum

Art in Brookings

One of my favorite places to stop at on my way to De Smet, South Dakota is the South Dakota Art Museum. Located on the edge of the South Dakota State University campus, it’s located down a straight shot from Highway 14 if you go through town on a major road. Turn north onto Medary Avenue. Since 2018 they’ve had an official parking lot (it’s the same one where they told you to park before, but officially it’s the museum’s now). I encourage anyone driving to De Smet go out of their way to stop at the art museum in Brookings.

Beginnings

Now the South Dakota Art Museum is an impressive building now with an even more impressive collection, but it didn’t start out that way. Harvey Dunn was a very well known illustrator and art teacher on the east coast. He was from Manchester, South Dakota (his uncle was Grace Ingalls’s husband David Swanzey) and once he started to have money he decided he wanted to come home summers. So every summer he’d come back to Manchester. He’d go around looking for compositions, make sketches and then back in his winter home he’d paint these HUGE canvases of the prairie. (Seriously they are gorgeous, neither photos nor reprints do them justice, just go to Brookings already!)

The most recent Harvey Dunn book supported by the South Dakota Art Museum

There wasn’t a lot of interest in these prairie paintings of Dunn’s. They were a sidelight to his professional career. However, he decided he’d put a display of them were he came from and see if the home folks would be interested in seeing them. Were they ever! The display in De Smet was so popular it was extended and eventually Dunn was so moved by this reaction that he decided that these paintings needed to stay where they were inspired. He agreed to give a collection of these prairie paintings to the state of South Dakota — with the condition that they have a place to properly store and display them suddenly they needed an art museum! The current museum was built in 1970 with an addition in 2002.

All In

The South Dakota Art Museum didn’t sit on its laurels and just display these Dunn works they were given. They collected other things like Paul Goble’s artwork, but they focused on Dunn. They put together themed shows of his work. They have collected more of Dunn’s work and frequently work with other museums to lend out or borrow his work. They were instrumental in getting a Harvey Dunn biography published and through the Harvey Dunn Society sponsor the yearly Plaine Aire paint out event at the Ingalls Homestead.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the museum they have put out every single Dunn art work they have (except for 3 deemed too fragile to display). It looks a lot like the photos of that first show in De Smet.

See the exhibit online at: ALL DUNN

50th Anniversary Exhibitions

Here are all the 50th Anniversary exhibits at the South Dakota Art Museum during the next year.

All Dunn: The Complete Harvey Dunn Collection
August 17, 2020 – August 2021

The Cathy and Ken Vogele Collection (Native American Art)
Opens August 17, 2020

Marghab Linens (Permenant Exhibit)
Reopens August 17, 2020

50 Works for 50 Years: Collections
August 17, 2020 – March 6, 2021

Past – Present: Recent Acquisitions in Abstraction
Reopens August 17, 2020

Into the Great Unknown: Illustrations by Paul Goble
Reopens August 17, 2020

http://www.SouthDakotaArtMuseum.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 ,   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 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.