Mary Ingalls Pageant Roving Report

August 2014 was first Mary Ingalls Society Pageant in Vinton, Iowa. Below is the link to the podcast I did about attending. I’ve added the highlights of what is talked about in order to help you find a particular part if you are interested. I’ve also added some links to some additional information you might find useful. Also see my podcast on Mary Ingalls and the School for the Blind.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/09/21/roving-report-mary-ingalls-pageant-2014

Vinton very near the Lincoln Highway, the turn off being by the Youngsville Cafe.

Short history of the Mary Ingalls Pageant.

From South take left branch of 218 don’t go straight through town.

Sign and front of school
Sign and front of school

Parking situation around school

People came early and stayed in their seats

Founder’s Room returned to original purpose as historical room. It has since been restored and reorganized and is the ground floor presence of the museum. You can see Mary’s records there. The main museum Third Floor hasn’t yet been restored from storm damage.

Seats are wooden auditorium style seating.

Pipe organ – Iowa Gov. Laurabee organ – hoping to restore organ

Scenes cut from original script that tell more about what life was like at the school

Pageant held in same auditorium where Mary would have attended events in

Changed story to have Mary be the point of view character

Showed what it was like for Mary to attend the school and how the school worked, the amazing impact they had on people’s lives

Return to De Smet based on Grandpa’s Fiddle

Mary Ingalls Pageant this coming year will be August 1, 2, 3, 2015. Hotel facilities are available both in Vinton proper and in the fairly close Cedar Rapids.

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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

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