Laura Ingalls Wilder Thanksgiving

Parched Corn
Parched Corn

If you say Laura Ingalls Wilder, Thanksgiving probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind, but you’ll find lots of references to it in her writing. That’s entirely proper because as much as we tend to think of Thanksgiving coming down to us from the Pilgrims in 1621, a lot more of the story, lore, and traditions of Thanksgiving actually come to us from the 19th century and the Victorians and pioneers.  Want to learn more? Do I have a deal for you!

I actually have two Laura Ingalls Wilder based Thanksgiving programs. The first is more aimed at children or family groups. In addition to some old fashioned story telling we’ll learn about some of the myths and stories of Thanksgiving, taste parched corn that the Ingalls used as a holiday tradition to remind them of the Pilgrims, and do an original Thanksgiving craft based on a 19th century homemaking trick that would make Martha Stewart proud. (This is an experience based program and doesn’t involve PowerPoint.)

The second version is aimed at adults. Originally presented at the national Association of Living History Farms and Museums conference, Thanksgiving: From Pilgrim to Pioneer looks at some examples of how Thanksgiving was celebrated over the years. The Ingalls family serve as guides but included is information from many other sources as well. It traces back traditions to where they belong (mostly to the Victorians) and talks about why we associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims instead.  (This one does use PowerPoint to share images and quotes.)

Contact me for booking today!


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

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

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