Blind School in Vinton July 2012

Update: Another of my post updates. They have successfully put on a pageant and they used basically nothing of this original production. The building access was restricted most of this year, but the roof repair has been completed and they are working on the interior restoration. It should come out better than it was before. I also mentioned meeting Robert Spangler and he has since come on my podast.

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I have always wished that I could have been at one of the early presentations of any of the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageants to see them when they

School for the Blind (Rear View)

were first starting out and now I think I just might have gotten my wish.

This last visit (July 27, 28, and 29, 2012) was the 160th reunion for students from the Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School. Events were scheduled all weekend and students as from as far back as the class of 1938 attended.

That was a perfect springboard for a play written as an interview with Mary Ingalls (as portrayed by April Seitz). There were a couple of “facts” I’d like to correct for them and if they keep this format they have to decide what exactly is going on (If Mary is in the present as 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 . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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