Vinnie Ream Pioneer Woman Artist

I still can’t believe I didn’t learn about Vinnie Ream sooner.

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I am actually surprised that I didn’t know more about Vinnie Ream growing up. I’m normally a reliable source on local history and Ream lived just a block away from my Uthoff grandparents (which makes it especially odd I didn’t know about her because my Grandma (Hazel Jones) Uthoff was a painter and I’d have thought she’d have connected with the fact a famous artist used to live down the street), but for some reason I didn’t.

Sadly not knowing about Vinnie Ream doesn’t seem to be an uncommon condition in Iowa, in comparison to the generous information on her on the websites for the Missouri and Wisconsin state historical societies (both of which have a connection of much shorter duration with Ream than Iowa did) there wasn’t a single hit on the State Historical Society of Iowa website, despite the fact that they do have a Ream collection.  So…

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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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