Laura Bush in Mansfield 2008

Looking back to Mansfield in October 2008.

Sarah's Notebook

My beautiful pictureFirst Lady Laura Bush should be coming to Mansfield today (October 3, 2008). I’m so glad that she is taking this opportunity while she is still in office to highlight the Wilder museum at Mansfield. I have often thought that it was an underused function of the bully pulpit of high office to highlight museums, historic sites, and libraries around the country and Mansfield certainly deserves it. Neither the White House or the museum seems to be giving much information and I’m certain Mrs. Bush will not have too much time for touring, but the publicity should be priceless. Mrs. Bush has long held Wilder is one of her favorite authors and even organized a White House conference that included Wilder as one of three great women authors of the west. The conference was one in a series of literary conferences which I hope will remain as a lasting record…

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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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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