Nancy Drew by Mildred Wirt Benson

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Me wearing a WWNDD t-shirt My What Would Nancy Drew Do? T-Shirt

Mildred Wirt Benson is an Iowa girl who wrote 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew books for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. She wrote these titles. If you want to know more about Benson check out this episode of my podcast.

Episode 13 – Barbara Lounsberry Talks Nancy Drew
Join us for a very special Trundlebed Tales episode where we talk Nancy Drew and her author Mildred Wirt Benson.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2011/05/26/trundlebed-tales-ep-13-barbara-lounsberry-talks-nancy-drew

Nancy Drew books written by Mildred Wirt Benson

  • The Secret of the Old Clock
  • The Hidden Staircase
  • The Bungalow Mystery
  • The Mystery at Lilac Inn
  • The Secret at Shadow Ranch
  • The Secret of Red Gate Farm
  • The Clue in the Diary
  • The Clue of the Broken Locket
  • The Message in the Hollow Oak
  • The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
  • The Whispering Statue
  • The Haunted Bridge
  • The Clue of the Tapping Heels
  • The Mystery  of…

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Plum Creek Park Camping

When the Prairie Whispers CoverLooking for a place to camp? Walnut Grove now has an online system to make a camping reservation.

If you don’t want to camp, still consider a visit. You can also get a tour guide booklet called through the museum gift shop.

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

1800th Post

I hit another landmark with yesterday’s post. I’ve been blogging since February 8, 2007. This time I hit my 1800th post.

Since then I have published posts on:

I hope you will come along for the ride and that you will enjoy the next 1,800 posts.

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

April 2019 Mentions

Sarah Uthoff in my new studio
Sarah Uthoff in my new studio

I had one major media mention this month. I did an interview with John Small on the local morning radio talk show. Check it out below. I had a few mentions in lists of what’s going on in Sioux Falls that week. The Sioux Falls program was underwritten by the South Dakota Humanities Council. Thank you for our support.

Small, John, host. “Sarah Uthoff – Getting to Know the Real Laura Ingalls Wilder.” John and Heidi Show. Sunny Radio. 2 Apr. 2019. www.spreaker.com/user/bigjohnsmall/805-sarahuthoff-gettingtoknowthereallaur. Accessed 7 May 2019.

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

The Big Merino

BIG in the USA

Sarah in front of Albert the Bull Statue

During the mid-20th century America had a bit of a boom in giant cement statues where they suddenly appeared over the country. My personal favorite is Albert the Bull in Audubon, Iowa. There are many others though including Chief Black Hawk in Oregon, Illinois, Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, South Dakota, and the Enchanted Highway in North Dakota. Sadly with the focus on speeding down the Interstate, America no longer creates such fun stops.

Australia seems to have gotten the bug a bit later. Their BIG phase seems to have been in the 1980s, but many are currently being refurbished including things like the Big Banana and the Big Prawn.

What really caught my attention though was that they have a BIG MERINO! (Start halfway through the video)

A REALLY BIG MERINO!

Merinos, of course, is the breed of sheep that Father Wilder raised in Farmer Boy. Merinos produce very high quality of wool. If fact if you see a breed of sheep attached to the description of any wool finished goods it’s pretty much guaranteed for it to be Merino. It’s a breed with a lot of positive characteristics. They are considered the best all around breed. (Sheep breeds have normally been bred to a purpose – wool, meat, milk, etc. An all around breed can do well in every category. )

A white sheep Merino breed lying down
Merino

The Big Merino was built in 1985 and it was moved and had a gift shop/exhibit space added under it in 2007. So now you have a Laura Ingalls Wilder reason to visit Australia!

https://www.bigmerino.com.au

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

Star Wars Day How Last Jedi Should Have Ended

Happy Star Wars Day! This short from How It Should Have Ended is quite possibly THE best Star Wars thing produced since Return of the Jedi! Enjoy!

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

Top 10 Posts During April 2019

Sarah in WG Wagon by Sign
Sarah in Walnut Grove Photo Op Wagon

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. I did skip a couple in the rankings that were about events that took place in April since they’re already over. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too.

Schedule of Presentations

Ozark Mountain Players Announce 2019 Dates

News from Rocky Ridge Spring 2019

Where did Albert come from?

And One More On the Way Post List

Memorial Society Wagon Gets Covered

March 2019 Mentions

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2019

Booking a Program

Trading Card 2018

What comes next? Updated

May 2019 Presentations

Program Descriptions

South Dakota Art Museum 2019

In the Kitchen With Laura Project January 2014

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