Listen to our 80th episode celebrating Laura fandom in 2016.
The 149th anniversary of Laura’s birth.
Laura was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame with a ceremony in April.
I presented at the South Dakota State Historical Society conference about Laura Ingalls Wilder and Food.
Little House Coloring Book
Available new paperback editions of 2 scholarly books announced by Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, SD.
Little House Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture by Anita Clair Fellman (which includes a Sarah Uthoff reference).
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture by John E. Miller
Did a celebration for the 50th anniversary of their Gingerbread Sociable last year (which was really their 49th)
Did dry run for the cabin birthday event this year
Annual meeting introduction of newly restored organ
Sugaring Off Dance
Walnut Grove, MN
Karen Grassle (Ma on the TV show) returned. Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) and Wilder expert Bill Anderson also spoke.
De Smet, SD
I spoke at the Ingalls Homestead
Tessa Flak had first full year as director. The Memorial Society in De Smet has long staunchly held that when you pay a subscription for Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore that was all you were getting and it was completely separate from the museum is rolling the subscriptions into a new membership program. They will honor current subscriptions until they expire including current lifetime memberships, but it will no longer be an option to get new ones. A wish list for donations is listed in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lore with a fuller explanation of the new membership program.
Opened new museum that have long wanted officially in April as part as their long term site plan.
Mountain Lake PBS produced a news magazine segment on the Almanzo Wilder farm.
Almanzo and Laura Anniversary Celebration – Thursday, August 25, 2016
Bill Menke, husband of Almanzo Wilder farm former archivist Elizabeth, passed away this year. They also lost former volunteer Fred Holmes and current volunteer Bonnie Demerse died this year.
Ken Pulsifer was a long time volunteer and board member who constructed a trail to the schoolhouse. A new sign was put up this year with the trail’s name “Schoolhouse Trail” and Pulsifer’s name.
Other Museums Major Events
Anaheim White House – Anaheim, California Dinner with 7 Little House on the Prairie TV Show stars – March 19, 2016
Old World Wisconsin -World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016
Heritage Hill in Green Bay, WI
Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY
Henry Ford – Short Daily Program Oct. 1-Oct. 30
University of Missouri – MOOC Pamela Hill Smith presented her MOOC on Laura Ingalls Wilder again. This time she combined the two halves she created originally and added a little more.
Join us next time to look ahead to Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom in 2017.
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.