Vinton Blind School March 2012

Luckily repairs are almost complete for Old Main at the Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School, so here’s a look back at before the repairs.

Sarah's Notebook

I’d been waiting to get the pictures in this for awhile. I finally got the photos edited today. I’ve got an update from my visit yesterday which I hope to have up soon, but I wanted to show the starting point.

Blind School with Temporary Roof

There are three places in Iowa with strong connections to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Burr Oak, Iowa, is where the Ingalls Family lived from 1876-1877. West Branch, Iowa, is the home of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum which holds the Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Rose Wilder Lane papers in its collections. The Iowa College for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa, was where Laura’s sister Mary Ingalls attended and graduated.

Between the closing of the residential program for blind students and the damage inflicted on the building by a massive straight line wind storm, followed up by a terrible rainstorm later that week while the…

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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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