New Program Added: What a Doll!

Since 2011, I’ve done this program at the 2012 LauraPalooza and it’s combination of Laura’s life story and the story of dolls in her life and in fandom has continued to prove popular. I’ve continued to add to it and I’m always looking for new dolls to add.

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Laura and Mary Dolls on Display in Pepin Museum

Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a DOLL!

Once we review the basic information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, we examine through photos the history of the different dolls created in the likeness of Laura Ingalls Wilder or created as souvenirs. Which dolls do you need for your collection. Sarah appears in a costume matching the only Laura doll so far created as “old” Laura and brings that doll along in person.  (NOTE: This program works best as a PowerPoint.)

This is a program I first put on for the Bussey Doll Event in Mt. Pleasant. I have extended it since then and learned a lot more about Laura dolls.

The program includes everything from the hickory nut head dolls sold by Mansfield in the 1960s to the Ingalls family of dolls by Ashton Drake to the dolls made and sold in…

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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

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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