Last month I was at the Country School Association of America conference in Beatrice, Nebraska. I’ve long wanted to go because its the location of the Homestead National Monument. After I got back I learned that my Grandma Uthoff was actually a school principal there back in the 1920s after she graduated college, before she married my grandfather.
Why On the Way Home
One of the reasons I was excited to go was that I knew that Laura passed through there on her way from DeSmet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri. I wanted to make sure I’d reread On the Way Home before I went — which I only accomplished driving down and then stopping when she hit Beatrice. I had THOUGHT I’d be able to maybe follow the route either a little ways north or south, but that didn’t happen. Seriously there was a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch EVERY SINGLE NIGHT we were there. And this didn’t mean yeah, it may or may not, it meant STORM! So I didn’t get that done, but it has inspired me.
Read Along with Me
So I’ve decided to send out a tweet or two about the book following along with where Laura is and reported each day. Please join in and tweet with me at the tag #OnTheWayHome. July 17th is their first day on the trail so look for tweets starting later today.
Note that I’ll be using the published version of the book which was edited before publication.
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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.