Caroline Fraser Video

Caroline Fraser being interviewed at Iowa City Public Library
Caroline Fraser being interviewed at Iowa City Public Library

In my post about Caroline Fraser’s visit I said if I found it online, I’d share. Good news I found it! If you couldn’t attend the Fraser presentation about her role as editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, catch it now online.

Sound is muffled for a short while at the beginning, don’t worry it straightens out. It’s a big file so depending on your connection speed, you may wish to let it pre-load before you play it. The camera work is a little strange due to the fixed camera locations in the meeting room. The younger woman who comes up behind Fraser is working the PowerPoint slides, they lost the connection for awhile and she needed to the restart the entire system.

Sound is muffled for 30 seconds at the beginning. The first half is Fraser’s summing up of Laura’s life.

28:00 Fraser lists differences between her edition and the current HarperCollins standard edition.

31:00 Switch sets up to interview

31:00 How did you find resources and research? (1st question) Talks about where visited to research

34:00 How much editing was done to the books?

35:00 How long did the project take? Also, talks about her article in reaction to Ghost in the Little House.

39:00 Why are people still interested in the Little House books?

Yes, when they switch to the audience that’s me in the blue shirt and the braid. If I’d realized the shot was so wide, I’d have smiled more, but I was concentrating. 😉

42:00 What is Library of America?

46:00 Sharon McElmeel asks if Carrie’s husband helped name Mt. Rushmore

48:00 Resources used in creating the edition

51:00 How people got involved with the books

52:00 Little House on the Prairie TV show – Fraser’s take

54:00 McElmeel talks about her son’s connection to the books and the TV show

56:00 Why did Fraser choose to edit the Laura Ingalls Wilder books over any other author

Find more photos, a link to another guest’s report, and the archive of the Talk of Iowa episode in this blog post:


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

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 . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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