Bussey Doll Event Features Laura Ingalls Wilder Dolls

Since we are getting into a quieter time in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom, I thought this might be a great time to revisit some of my posts with the highest all time views. Here’s the first. As of October 2013 this is one of top 10 posts of all time for the number of views on this blog. It’s rare that a week goes by without at least one hit on this post. The Hawkeye Doll Club continues to host its excellent event every year with a different theme, but the basic dolls of the collection are on display any time the Heritage Museums are open on the Midwest Old Threshers Grounds in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa including a great many of the china headed dolls like Nellie owned. This program led to my crossing the Rubicon and while before this one of the few limits to my Laura Ingalls Wilder collection was not to get dolls, I was so taken by them that I have begun to collect Laura Ingalls Wilder dolls. I’ve continued to expand my Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll! program that I debuted at this event as I discover new facts and find new dolls. Although it remains a dark horse, I usually still get requests for it once or twice a year and I even presented in at the 2012 National Laura Ingalls Wilder conference. While I have included other information about Laura dolls from time to time in other posts, this post remains far and away the most popular. I hope you continue to enjoy it.

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Midwest Old Threshers of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and the Hawkeye Doll Club of Iowa hold an annual one day doll event. This year’s was held June 28, 2008. The subject of this year’s was “Return to the Prairie” and “Dolls of Distinction.” I previewed my new Laura program “Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll” which talks about dolls in Laura’s life and fandom. Mary Kopsiecker brought in her collection of Laura dolls which include such rare items as an early 1970s Charlotte doll from Burr Oak and a china head doll purchased in Mansfield in 1981. Mary also shared information about the bus trip we took last year to Malone and a letter she would have written to Laura as a child.

Thelma Kirkman shared a history quilt she made including things like square showing animals the Ingalls family knew and a secret panel with Wilder information under it. She…

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

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