Playing Pa’s Fiddle

Our latest update post is all about Pa’s fiddle where you can hear the real one. I’ve done some editing, added headings, and a photo of my fiddle playing friend Ann Cejka from the adult Laura day I put together at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sarah's Notebook

In a piece that was first published in The Little House Sampler edited by William Anderson, Rose Wilder Lane wrote a story called “Grandpa’s Fiddle” where she talks about their last night in De Smet before beginning the trip to Mansfield. She has Laura saying that they’d never made it through everything while she was growing up without Pa’s fiddle and it is definitely an important part of family life as described in the “Little House” series.

Ann Cejka - Adult Laura Days Ushers Ferry Ann Cejka – Adult Laura Days Ushers Ferry

Pa’s Fiddle and Fans

The music of Pa’s fiddle is also of great importance to fans of the series. When Barbara Brooks made a set of character dolls (the ones described in the only know recording of Laura’s voice) of the family, she chose to portray Pa playing his fiddle. Today Pa’s fiddle is one of the treasures on display at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home…

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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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