Pepin Featured in News Summer 2013

Sorry you have to watch at least one commercial before watching but a local news station has done an “Our Town” focus story on Pepin, Wisconsin. Several of the interviews are on boats on the lake which is what non-Laura people tend to see as unique about Pepin. They do show some nice footage of the Wayside cabin replica and of the museum although they aren’t really clear about which is which if you don’t already know. They also show the Pickle Factory (one of my favorite places to eat in Pepin) and the Garden Market that’s on the corner where you turn on the way to the birthplace cottage.

I find it kind of odd what they didn’t mention though. If I was going to be doing this kind of report on Pepin, I’d definitely talk about the artist colony quality of the town, all the arts shops, and the large collection of restaurants that are far above in quality what you’d normally find in a town this size. I’d talk about the two main streets (they moved it when the train came through) and exploring the area (the beach, the scenic overlooks, the restored one room schools, the Big Wood remnants, and the multiple museums). I don’t think they even do a good job of talking up all the amenities they have for boat people. I’d have interviewed several other specific people too. But if you haven’t been to Pepin, it’s a nice, basic tour. Take a look.

Also both the Old World Wisconsin Laura Ingalls Wilder Month in Eagle, Wisconsin and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin, Wisconsin were described in a New York Times blog post and actually made a brief mention in a summary of it that appeared in the June 30, 2013 New York Times.


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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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