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Ep 109 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2019
Original Airdate January 11, 2020
There was a lot going on during 2019. There were a lot of things going on. The “Little House on the Prairie” Cast Reunion and the Laura Ingalls Wilder conference lead the list on my social media of what people thought were the biggest events. We also have things going on with “American Masters,” “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical,” and lots of stuff at the homesites. Check out what happened.
Ep 108 Family Trip to Walt Disney World 2019
Original Airdate December 27, 2019
I finally got 5 of the 6 people from our trip together to interview about our last trip. Chime in as my mom, my brother, my niece and nephew, and me talk about our trip to Walt Disney World during late January 2019. We talk about where we stayed and our time at the park, our favorites, and what we learned. We stayed at Pop Century, visited all four parks and Disney Springs, and had the DVC tour.
Ep 107 Roving Report Mansfield Wilder Days 2019
Original Airdate October 30, 2019
A report on my September 2019 trip to Wilder Days, Mansfield’s big Laura Ingalls Wilder event. Wilder Days is a big Laura event that includes special speakers, music, a crafts show, a pageant showing, etc. The Wilder dinner is a newer event and includes a special guest speaker who is then available for signing. This year the special guest was Alison Arngrim aka Nellie Oleson on “The Little House on the Prairie” NBC TV show. Another fairly recent additional to the program is a fiddle festival that is quickly developing a regional reputation for a high quality event.
Ep 106 Roving Report Pepin Laura Days 2019
Original Airdate October 14, 2019
Get a full report on what was happening during Pepin, Wisconsin’s Laura Days 2019. Laura Days is their big Laura Ingalls Wilder event of the year. They have events going on at the museum, the city park, and the cabin. What’s it like to visit? What did you miss this year? What’s different from visiting during Laura Days and visiting during a normal time.
Ep 105 High Heat Old-Fashioned Clothes
Original Airdate July 25, 2019
One of the questions reenactors, people who wear old-fashioned clothes at living history museum sites and at living history events, get a lot is “aren’t you hot?” Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it’s no. Today we’ll look into why that is and what can you do in heat if you’re wearing old-fashioned clothes or even what you should do yourself is you’re visiting a living history site or wearing a costume during summer heat. Learn about how people used to beat the heat.
Ep 104 – 45th Anniversary Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion
Original Airdate June 5, 2019
Once again we join host Sarah Uthoff and Walnut Grove museum director Amy Foster as they talk about the major event the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and the Walnut Grove Pageant coming up July 12-13, 2019 in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Little House on the Prairie TV show. This will be the largest reunion of the cast planned for this year. We’ll talk about what’s happening, who’s coming, and what to expect. Tune in with your questions.
Ep 103 Meeting Actors with Pauly Tee
Original Airdate June 2, 2019
Join host Sarah Uthoff and Pauly Tee (he was previously on the show talking about visiting Little House on the Prairie TV show filming locations) as we talk about meeting actors. What do you do if you run into an actor? What can you expect at a reunion event? How do they work? What should you know before you go? We’re going to focus on the Little House on the Prairie reunion coming July 2019, but these tips will be helpful no matter what the TV show, event, or con you go to.
Ep 102 Looking Ahead at Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom This Year 2019
Original Airdate May 15, 2019
A lot happened last year because of the big anniversary, but there’s still interesting stuff going on this year. Since this is late we’ll go through some of the big events this year and what we’re still looking forward to. Whether you’re interested in the TV show, the museums, or books, there is a lot going on.
Ep 101 Debra Reid, Agriculture History, and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Original Airdate May 5, 2019
Debra Reid, Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford, joins host Sarah Uthoff to talk agriculture. Laura didn’t just live in Little Houses, she lived on farms across the Midwest. But while people tend to have one idea about what farms were like in the past, it was really much more complicated. We’ll examine how agriculture has helped the country through the fulfillment of the Homestead Act, what Wheat Culture was down to what variety Pa and Almanzo would have grown, and how agriculture changed between the late 19th century and the 1910s and 1920s when the Wilder farm Rocky Ridge was thriving.
Ep 100 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2018
Original Airdate February 26, 2019
Join us as we review what went on in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom on the Little House on the Prairie this year. The big mark was the renaming of the ALA’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, but there was lots going on including return of the china shepherdess replica, the closing of the Iowa School for the Blind, a new cabin at Independence, and much more. We mark seven years of Trundlebed Tales podcasts with this episode. The first episode was broadcast Dec. 19, 2010 and also featured a round up of Laura fandom. Please look at it as an opportunity to check in with us. Think about calling in, commenting in the chatroom next year.
Ep 99 Gettysburg Address and Trundlebed Tales
Original Airdate November 19, 2018
Join us as we remember the Gettysburg Address on the anniversary of the day it was performed. We reminisce with our host Sarah S. Uthoff about the address and what it’s meant to her.
Ep 98 Looking Ahead at Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom This Year 2018
Original Airdate May 28, 2018
A lot happened last year because of the big anniversary, but there’s still interesting stuff going on this year. Since this is late we’ll go through some of the big events this year and what we’re still looking forward to.
Ep 96 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2017
Original Airdate January 10, 2018
Join us as we review what went on in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom on the Little House on the Prairie this year. It’s a big year since it was the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth. We mark six years of Trundlebed Tales podcasts with this episode. The first episode was broadcast Dec. 19, 2010 and also featured a round up of Laura fandom. Please look at it as an opportunity to check in with us. Think about calling in, commenting in the chatroom next year.
Ep 95 Pauly Tee and His Little House Adventures
Original Airdate December 16, 2017
Enjoy our visit with Pauly Tee. Pauly has not only visited some of the normal Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites, but also hunted down places where the NBC TV series filmed. He shares with us the highlights of his trips and some information if you want to see them too.
Travel Times Christmas, Museums, and Living History
Original Airdate December 10, 2017
Christmas is an important holiday at museums. It often is the focus of some of the biggest events in the museum calendar. This is especially true about living history museums, historic villages, and house museums. Why should you brave the weather and the cold to go? What do you want to do to prepare to go? What is living history? Why is it a special Christmas experience? What do the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites do for Christmas? Take a listen and you’ll learn.
Ep 94 Sandra Oliver and the Genealogy of a Recipe
Original Airdate November 17, 2017
Sandra Oliver, the former editor of Food History News and master food historian, joins us to go through the history of recipes. What stories do your recipes tell? How can you stir up the history of a recipe?
Ep 93 Little House on the Prairie Museum 2017
Original Airdate September 27, 2017
Join host Sarah Uthoff and her guest Kristin Schodorf of the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas. Learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder, the history of the site and the exciting plans for the future.
Roving Report Laura Days Pepin Wisconsin 2017
Original Airdate September 9, 2017
I’m on the ground here in Pepin, Wisconsin. I’m ready to start a new day at Laura Days, the celebration of Laura Ingalls Wilder in her birthplace town of Pepin. Here about my trip up here, some travel warnings, and what I’ve seen so far.
Roving Report Laura Days Pepin Wisconsin 2017 Part 2
Original Airdate September 10, 2017
A report on my second day at Laura Days in Pepin, Wisconsin. Do you love all things “Little House”? Then Pepin’s Laura Days is for you. From the museum to the horse drawn wagon to the traditional craft demonstrations to visiting the cabin to a petting zoo to a major fiddle contest. This year’s second special guest is Renee Graef. Pepin’s Laura Days has something for everyone.
Roving Report Laura Days Pepin Wisconsin 2017 Part 3
Original Airdate September 18, 2017
I’ve been home a week, but I wanted to catch you up with the end of my trip. I want to leave a few last thoughts and Pepin and then move on to Spring Valley, Minnesota. As always I keep you up to date on what to see and where.
Ep 92 Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair
Original Airdate August 20, 2017
Sarah Pratt is the artist of the butter cow for the Iowa State Fair and their special sculpture each year. At the 2017 fair, Pratt created a butter Laura Ingalls Wilder in honor of her 150th birthday. Tune in and find out all about the history of the butter cow, the Iowa State Fair, and what the Laura Ingalls Wilder display was like.
Ep 91 Carrie Ingalls Swanzey and Keystone SD
Original Airdate July 27, 2017
Although Laura Ingalls Wilder gets all the attention, her sisters are also part of the Ingalls family and just as much a part of the “Little House” World. Most people know that Laura and her Almanzo ended up in Mansfield, MO, but what happened to the other Ingalls sisters? We’ve had an episode about Carrie’s work as a newspaper woman, but tonight we’re going to examine Carrie’s life after that. In her time in Keystone, Carrie became a wife, a mother, and a leader of the community. Learn about her time in Keystone, South Dakota then and what you can see of her today now.
Ep 90 De Smet Event 2017
Original Airdate July 20, 2017
Hear all about our trip to De Smet, South Dakota for the De Smet Event 2017 in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday. Previous De Smet events focused exclusively on researchers and authors, but this time two TV show cast members, Dean Butler and Alison Argrim (Almanzo and Nellie respectively) headlined. The other focus was the on-going Pioneer Girl Project. William T. Anderson (Laura expert), Nancy Koupal (Pioneer Girl Project editor), and Judy Thompson (Cover illustrator). Join me for a full report about my trip and suggestions for things for you to do if you take a similar trip.
Travel Times Springfield Illinois
Original Airdate July 8, 2017
We’ll look at taking a trip to Springfield, Illinois. Without a master plan to, our family seems to end up in Springfield, Illinois every few years since I was about 8 years old. Even with all these trips we still haven’t seen everything there is to see. Springfield is unique. Besides being the headquarters of all things Abraham Lincoln, it is also the site of a major Frank Lloyd Wright house, lots of government related sites, the Illinois State Fair grounds, and plenty of stuff for Route 66. Tune in to figure out what you should see in Springfield.
Ep 89 Dean Butler on De Smet Event 2017
Original Airdate June 28, 2017
Dean Butler is known the world over as Almanzo Wilder from the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie. Although he has moved on to other things, he has generously continued to be a supporter of Little House fandom appearing at homesites, events, and even conferences about Laura Ingalls Wilder. He also produced two documentaries on the Wilder family and a series of extras for one of the DVD releases.
Butler last appeared on our show in 2014 in honor of the TV show’s 40th anniversary event in Walnut Grove MN. This time he’ll be talking about the second De Smet Event that was held during July 2017. Both he and Alison Arngrim (TV’s Nellie Oleson) will be speaking and signing autographs at the event. We’ve checked in with site director Tessa Flak and now we’ll get more word on what to look forward to with Dean.
Ep 88 Family Trip to Keystone Hitting the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sites
Original Airdate June 27, 2017
During June 2017 a group of extended family loaded up the rented van and headed west (well first a little east and north, but mostly west). We hit several stops along the way including the Spam Museum, the Jolly Green Giant, the Laura Ingalls Wilder stops in De Smet SD, and Wall Drug (a hidden Laura site). Finally we pulled into Keystone – long time home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey and short time home of Mary Ingalls. First things being first we visited the Keystone Area Historical Society where they have been making some big changes. I crossed off the 20 year goal of riding the 1880 train, hit Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. The next day we panned for gold before heading east, made a quick stop in Rapid City, and then checked out the Corn Palace. Finally we made it home. I’ll run you through what we actually did, what we were sorry we had to skip, and some great restaurants where we ate.
Ep 87 De Smet Event 2017 with Tessa Flak
Original Airdate May 31, 2017
It’s the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday this year and they are celebrating in De Smet, South Dakota, Laura’s Little Town on the Prairie. The big event was Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017. Special guests will include prominent Laura authority William T. Anderson, Nancy Koupal of the South Dakota Historical Society Press, Dean Butler and Alison Arngrim – Almanzo Wilder and Nellie Oleson on the NBC TV show, and Judy Thompson who designed the cover art of both Pioneer Girl and Pioneer Girl Perspectives. Join host Sarah Uthoff and De Smet Memorial Director, Tessa Flak as we get all the details of this event. Join this special Little House on the Prairie or rather Little Town on the Prairie event.
Ep 86 Lynne Belluscio and Maple Syrup History and Practice
Original Airdate March 31, 2017
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she learns about maple syrup tradition and creation. Lynne Belluscio’s family has collected and processed maple syrup for years. Get the full story behind making maple sugar and maple syrup, plus the story behind the dance at Grandpa’s in Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Maple Syrup played a vital role in the history of the county’s diet providing a cheap sweetener. We’ll also talk about maple syrup today.
Ep 85 Nancy Koupal of South Dakota State Historical Society Press
Original Airdate March 15, 2017
Our guest is Nancy Koupal of the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. We’ve got a lot to cover this time. Koupal will discuss her past connection with Laura including finding the famous Ma and Pa portraits, her work bringing out “Pioneer Girl” and the upcoming “Pioneer Girl Prespectives,” and this April’s Laura Ingalls Wilder themed conference. There’s always more that you can dig into when it comes to Laura Ingalls Wilder and we’ll have a lot of fun doing that this episode.
Ep 84 John E. Miller and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Original Airdate February 16, 2017
John E. Miller is a Laura Ingalls Wilder expert. He is a frequent speaker at Laura conferences and was a past winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy award. Miller was born near Mansfield in Missourit and spent most of his life in Brookings, near DeSmet, South Dakota.
His books include:
- Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little Town
- Looking for History on Highway 14
- Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture
Join us as we talk about his books, his research, Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” books.
Ep 83 Linda Halpin Quilt Detecting With Laura Ingalls Wilder
Original Airdate February 23, 2017
Quilt expert Linda Halpin joins us to talk about the connection between Laura Ingalls Wilder and quilts. Most excitingly she is going to talk about her research about Doves in the Window, one of the quilt patterns Laura mentioned by name in the “Little House” books. She’ll also talk about workshops that you can take part in.
EP 82 Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On-Air Birthday Party 2017
Original airdate February 7, 2017
Welcome to our seventh annual on air birthday celebration for author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. This year will be special because it’s Laura’s 150th Birthday so we have lots to celebrate. Laura fans are invited to call in and share either the story of how they became a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, their favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder related experience, or annual family traditions based on Laura. Here the stories of everyone who called in.
Ep 81 Looking Ahead at Laura Ingalls Fandom 2017
Original Airdate January 30, 2017
What will happen in Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House fandom during 2017? This is a BIG Laura Ingalls Wilder year because it’s the 150th anniversary of Laura’s birth. There are events scheduled, books coming out, and new products to buy.
Ep 80 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2016
Original Airdate January 7, 2016
Join us as we review what went on in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom on the Little House on the Prairie this year. We mark six years of Trundlebed Tales podcasts with this episode. The first episode was broadcast Dec. 19, 2010 and also featured a round up of Laura fandom.
Ep 79 July in Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2016 and Beyond
Original Airdate August 6, 2016
July is always a big month in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. There are big events at almost all the homesite every year normally on the same weekends. Tune in and find out why July is important especially at the homesites.
After we talk about it general we’ll talk about what went on in July 2016 and specifically my two trips to DeSmet, South Dakota this year.
Ep 78 William Anderson and Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder –
Original Airdate June 20, 2016
William T. Anderson is the foremost Laura Ingalls Wilder authority. Wilder was a pioneer and author of the famous “Little House” book series. Anderson has written many books, booklets, and articles on both Wilder and on other historic topics. Anderson’s most recent project was collecting and editing the notable letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. This will be the last major collection of previously unpublished Laura writings. Tune in for the full story.
Ep 77 – Celebrate Reading Millbank by Mary J. Holmes
Originally aired June 6, 2016
Join our reading celebration. There is only one novel mentioned by name in the “Little House” series, Millbank by popular 19th century author Mary J. Holmes. The mention is in On the Banks of Plum Creek when Laura tries to “prove” she can read by reciting word for word what she had heard Ma read aloud from Millbank so many times. Have you ever wondered what that books was like? Tune in to hear me do a cold read of the first 30 minutes worth of the book.
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Ep 76 – Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
Originally Aired April 22, 2016
Join Daryl Hrdlicka longtime member of the cast and crew of Fragments of a Dream the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. He’ll give us the scoop. We’ll talk about how and why you should attend, about the history of the event, and what it’s like to be part of the awesome team that puts this event on each and every year.
There are currently three Laura Ingalls Wilder pageants and one Mary Ingalls pageant in production. The Walnut Grove version is the most “Hollywood” with fantastic special effects and a well written script that has been honed over the years. They also have the most direct connection with the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show through their use of special appearances by the actors from the show. Learn just what makes this outstanding Laura event tick and how you can take part.
Ep 74 – Tessa Flak New Director at De Smet South Dakota
Originally Aired March 16, 2016
Last year long time Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of De Smet Cheryl Palmlund director resigned and Tessa Flak took over last fall. Join us as we talk with Tessa. We’ll look into her background and her plans for the future fo the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society of De Smet. We’ll also look at the basics of a visit and some other vacation suggestions.
Ep 73 – Laura Ingalls Wilder On Air Birthday Party 2016
Originally Aired February 7, 2016
Welcome to our sixth annual on air birthday celebration for author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura fans were invited to call in and share either the story of how they became a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, their favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder related experience, or annual family traditions based on Laura. Based on requests, I’m continuing it as an hour so you’ll have plenty of time to call in. We talked with Laura Camp from the Mansfield Pageant and livecasting the birthday event from Laura’s birthplace cabin.
Ep 72 – Grant Wood Regionalist Artist
Originally Aired February 3, 2016
“American Gothic,” the frequently parodied painting of the old couple (really father and daughter) standing in front of a white farm house with a gothic style window holding a pitchfork, is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. You know the painting, but what do you know about the artist? Wood was one of the school of Regionalist painters, but his art ranged from recycle art to murals to stain glass. Wood was born and raised and returned to work in Iowa. Tune in to learn about Wood’s life, his art, his Iowa connections, and a new display coming to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
Ep 71 – Looking Ahead at Laura Ingalls Fandom 2016
Originally Aired January 9, 2016
What will happen in Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House fandom during 2016? There are events scheduled, books coming out, and new products to buy. Catch this sneak peek. Also, feel free to call in and give your predictions or projects that you’re working on.
Ep 70 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2015
Originally Aired January 1, 2016
Join us as we review what went on in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom on the Little House on the Prairie this year. We mark five years of Trundlebed Tales podcasts with this episode. The first episode was broadcast Dec. 19, 2010 and also featured a round up of Laura fandom. Please look at it as an opportunity to check in with us. Think about calling in, commenting in the chatroom or sending me an e-mail with a comment before the broadcast.
Ep 68 – Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 2
Originally Aired May 23, 2015
We only got through the book organization last time, so join us for Part 2. As I often say in my presentations, it’s a DANGEROUS time to be a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan because there is just SO much merchandise out there. Pretty much whatever you want you can find it with either Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House on it. You can even find unexpectedly odd things like a dogtag or a bobble-head doll. Where do you find all this stuff? It’s one of my post frequently asked questions at my programs so we’ll go over that too. So gather up your books, your stuffed Jacks, your Charlotte Dolls, and all your books, and listen up as we discuss how to organize your Laura Ingalls Wilder collection.
Ep 67 – Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1
Originally Aired May 17, 2015
As I often say in my presentations, it’s a DANGEROUS time to be a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan because there is just SO much merchandise out there. Pretty much whatever you want you can find it with either Laura Ingalls Wilder or Little House on it. You can even find unexpectedly odd things like a dogtag or a bobble-head doll. Where do you find all this stuff? It’s one of my post frequently asked questions at my programs so we’ll go over that too. So gather up your books, your stuffed Jacks, and your Charlotte Dolls and listen up as we discuss how to organize your Laura Ingalls Wilder collection.
Ep 66 – Paul Revere’s Ride
Originally Aired April 19, 2015
In honor of April being Poetry Month and April 18, 2015 being the 240th Anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride, tonight’s special episode features both some information about the ride and an elecution style delivery of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” as taken from the longer “Tales of a Wayside Inn.” Laura Ingalls Wilder fans will enjoy hearing an elecution style delivery like Laura’s teacher William Reed taught her in Burr Oak, Iowa which is believed to have helped influence her later writing style.
Ep – 65 Animal Book World Read Aloud Day
Originally Aired March 5, 2015
In honor of World Read Aloud Day, I’m going to be reading from “Pa’s Big Green Animal Book” as described in the “Little House” books. I’ll feature the section about the Great Auk.
Ep 64 – Almanzo Wilder On Air Birthday Party
Originally Aired February 14, 2015
Last year I had requests to do an episode for Almanzo’s birthday party, so I’m trying it out. Call in and share your favorite Almanzo stories, what you like best of Malone, Spring Valley, or De Smet. In honor of Almanzo’s appetite, your favorite stories about Little House food. Call in and share or share ahead of time.
Ep 63 – Laura Ingalls Wilder On Air Birthday Party 2015
Originally Aired February 7, 2015
Welcome to our fifth annual on air birthday celebration for author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura fans are invited to call in and share either the story of how they became a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, their favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder related experience, or annual family traditions based on Laura. I was very pleased with the response the last two years and so we’re going to try it again. Based on requests last year, I’m extending it to an hour so you’ll have plenty of time to call in. Please consider calling in and sharing your story and if you missed it in 2014, start working on your story for 2015. If you want to share your story, but don’t want to talk on air, you can send a story to me ahead of time or in the chatroom live during the show.
Ep 62 – Looking Back 2014 Looking Ahead 2015
Originally Aired January 31, 2015
We’re going to combine two of our special annual programs. This time we’re going to look backward and relive the Laura Ingalls Wilder events of 2014. Then we’ll look ahead to what’s coming up in 2015.
Ep 61 – Hoover in West Branch
Originally Aired December 29, 2014
This is another combination Trundlebed Tales and Travel Times episode. This time we are going to take a look at West Branch, Iowa. Why are the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Papers held at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch? What is a Presidential Library? How did the Hoover complex develop? Also, we’ll look at what to do if you visit today, what you can see, where you can stay and where you can eat. I think you’ll really love this episode from either the history or the travel angle.
Ep 60 – Travel Tips for Laura Ingalls Wilder Vacations
Originally Aired Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tonight we’re calling on fans and hope we get a lot of response. As people start planning their Laura Ingalls Wilder trips for next year we want to give them the best advice and we were counting on YOU! Thank you those of you who called in and give your best Laura related travel tip. Which route do you take? What’s your favorite Laura trip related discovery? Is there a cool store everyone should visit? Where’s the best play to stay? Which homesites are best for adults only? Which homesites are best with kids? Single stop or big circle route? Should you do back to back pageants? Plus any related tip or hint you can think up.
Roving Report Laura Days in Pepin WI 2014
Originally Aired September 30, 2014
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she reviews the recent Laura Days event in Pepin, WI. Whether you like sailing, Laura Ingalls Wilder, quilting, or fiddle playing you’ll enjoy Laura Days. Laura Days in Pepin WI will be held next year Sept. 12-13, 2015.
Roving Report Mary Ingalls Pageant 2014
Originally Aired September 21, 2014
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she reports on last month’s Mary Ingalls Pageant in Vinton, Iowa. She reflects on the experience and gives advice for if you want to come next year.
Roving Report Walnut Grove 2014 Part 1
Originally Aired July 25, 2014
Reporting live from Laura Ingalls Wilder Country check in with our reporter Sarah Uthoff as she has journeyed to Walnut Grove MN for the 40th Anniversary “Little House on the Prairie” cast reunion.
Roving Report Walnut Grove 2014 Part 2
Originally Aired August 30, 2014
Home from Laura Ingalls Wilder Country check in with our reporter Sarah Uthoff as she reports on the rest of her journey to Walnut Grove MN for the 40th Anniversary “Little House on the Prairie” cast reunion.
Originally Aired July 16, 2014
While it isn’t an official Laura Ingalls Wilder site, Old World Wisconsin has long impressed Wisconsin’s favorite daughter with an annual event. Last year they expanded to an entire month and the month long event returns this year. Come take part in the World of Little House – June 28, 2014 – July 31, 2014 in Eagle, Wisconsin (an easy drive from Milwaukee). Discover events and activities every day and dress as a Laura character to get $2 off your admission. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/2399/the-world-of-little-house Join host Sarah Uthoff and Jennifer VanHaaften of Old World Wisconsin to learn more about the event.
Originally Aired July 10, 2014
Once again we join host Sarah Uthoff and Walnut Grove museum director Amy Ankrum as they talk about the major event the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and the Walnut Grove Pageant coming up July 25-26-27, 2014 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show. This will be the largest reunion of the cast planned for this year. We did an earlier episode last year, but now we have the latest updates. We’ll talk about what’s happening, who’s coming, and what to expect.
Originally Aired May 5, 2014
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she interviews Dean Butler who played Almanzo Wilder on the NBC “Little House on the Prairie.” 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the TV Show. In recent years Butler has returned to the “Little House” fold by visiting the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites and producing special features and documentaries about both the TV show and the real Laura and Almanzo. Find out what’s planned for the anniversary and talk about his experience on the show and making the documentaries.
Originally Aired April 23, 2014
Want to take a Laura Ingalls Wilder trip, but don’t know where to start? I’m going to do a dual Travel Times Trundlebed Tales episode where I give a background that will be help visiting any of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite trips.
Originally Aired April 20, 2014
In honor of Easter, let’s take a listen to a great author’s memories of how her family celebrated Easter in the late 19th century. Listen to part of a chapter in Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton Porter, complete with how they did Easter eggs.
Originally Aired March 26, 2014
Join host Sarah Uthoff when Nancy Westlake joins her to talk about Laura Ingalls Wilder in the classroom. Westlake is the one behind the highly used teacher/student pages on the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library’s Laura Ingalls Wilder section of its website. She was also involved with the popular ICN sessions they did as classroom outreach. Call in and share your Laura in the classroom story.
Originally Aired March 6, 2014
Back in 2012 we first celebrated National Read Aloud Day with a selection of poems from one-room school readers. This year we thought we’d do something a little special. There is only one novel mentioned by name in the “Little House” series, Millbank by popular 19th century author Mary J. Holmes. The mention is in On the Banks of Plum Creek when Laura tries to “prove” she can read by reciting word for word what she had heard Ma read aloud from Millbank so many times. Have you ever wondered what that books was like? Tune in to hear me do a cold read of the first 30 minutes worth of the book.
Originally Aired February 7, 2014
Welcome to our fourth annual on air birthday celebration for author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. We started out with informational episodes, one year sharing the history of Laura’s birthday in particular and one about the history of 19th century birthdays, but last year we tried a different format. Laura fans were invited to call in and share either the story of how they became a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan or their favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder related experience. I was very pleased with the response last year and so we’re going to try it again. Please consider calling in and sharing your story and if you missed it in 2014, start working on your story for 2013.
Originally Aired January 19, 2013
Another installment of previewing the year in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. There are a lot of events and some new projects coming out in 2014. Get a heads up for books and get a heads up on Laura events you might want to attend.
Originally Aired January 6, 2014
Tonight is a little change of pace. Guest host actor Jordan G. Kessler interviews Laura Ingalls Wilder, historic foodways, and one-room school authority Sarah S. Uthoff. We’ll find a little bit more of behind the scenes of Trundlebed Tales.
Originally Aired December 29, 2013
Join us as we review what went on in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom this year. We mark four years of Trundlebed Tales podcasts with this episode. The first episode was broadcast Dec. 19, 2010 and also featured a round up of Laura fandom. Please look at it as an opportunity to check in with us. Think about calling in, commenting in the chatroom or sending me an e-mail with a comment before the broadcast.
Originally Aired November 21, 2013
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks with the poster girl for Thanksgiving Kathleen Wall of Plimouth Plantation. We’ll talk about the history of Thanksgiving what comes from the Pilgrims and what comes from the Victorians and Pioneers. We’ll especially focus on the food of Thanksgiving, but we’ll talk about lots of traditions.
Episode 46 – Walnut Grove Hosting 40th Anniversary Event
Originally Aired October 29, 2013
Join host Sarah Uthoff and Walnut Grove museum director Amy Ankrum as they talk about the major event the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and the Walnut Grove Pageant are planning for next July in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show. We’ll talk about what’s happening, who’s coming, and what to expect. Ankrum will be coming off the five site meeting and will give us all the latest Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum news. Tune in with your questions.
Episode 45 – Laura Party at Burr Oak
Originally Aired November 12, 2013
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she shares about attending a Laura Ingalls Wilder kids party at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa.
Episode 44 – Mary Ingalls and the Iowa School for the Blind
Originally Aired September 21, 2013
Join host Sarah S. Uthoff as she talks to Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School alumnus and historian Robert Spangler. The ISBSSS is the second oldest school in the state of Iowa and sits on a beautiful campus in Vinton, Iowa. The school’s most famous alumnus is Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister, Mary Ingalls. Spangler is the force behind a very impressive website dedicated to the school’s history and is part of the new Mary Ingalls Society. If you’ve ever wondered about the school’s history, how they have faced recent challenges from politics and forces of nature, or want to know what’s up with their new Mary Ingalls organization tune in and find out.
Laura Days Pepin 2013 Roving Report – Part 1
Originally Aired September 14, 2013
Our host Sarah Uthoff has travelled thru Burr Oak, Iowa to Pepin, Wisconsin for their Laura Days celebration. Check in with her and what’s going on in Sept. 2013.
Laura Days Pepin 2013 Roving Report – Part 2
Originally Aired September 15, 2013
Our host Sarah Uthoff spent a busy day in Pepin, Wisconsin for their Laura Days celebration. Check in with her and what’s going on in Sept. 2013.
Laura Days Pepin 2013 Roving Report – Part 3
Originally Aired Oct. 15, 2013
Our host Sarah Uthoff ties things up in Pepin for another year and makes a stop at Spring Valley, Minnesota on the way home.
Episode 43 – All’s Fair
Originally Aired August 4, 2013
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks about the history of agricultural fairs and how those traditions continue today.
Episode 42 – Projects Update 2013
Originally Aired June 9, 2013
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she catches everyone up on several of the research projects she’s been working on about Laura Ingalls Wilder and One-Room Schools.
Episode 41 – Vinnie Ream Pioneer Artist
Originally aired March 20, 2013
Join host Sarah Uthoff when she talks with Paul Juhl who wrote the book on Vinnie Ream. Ream was the first woman and the youngest artist to ever receive a commission from the United States Government for a statue (the one of Lincoln that still stands in the Capitol rotunda today) and those were only the beginning of the firsts in her career. She married into a long time Iowa City family and spent time in the family home that is still standing in Iowa City. She strengthened her ties by creating the Samuel Kirkwood statue that today stands in the U.S. Capitol and duplicate of which, after leaving it’s long term home at the Old Capitol in Iowa City, moved to the community college named in his honor. Today her Samuel Kirkwood statue looks down from the center of the college’s main roundabout. She even has a town in Oklahoma named in her honor. Join us to discuss this fascinating artist.
Episode 40 – Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On-Air Birthday Party
Originally Aired Thursday, February 7, 2013
Welcome to our third annual on air birthday celebration for author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder. Last year we talked about the history of celebrating birthdays, this year we want to talk about how Laura Ingalls Wilder effected our lives and our favorite Laura related memories and experiences.
Episode 40 – One-Room School Equipment
Originally Aired Saturday, January 12, 2013
What was it really like to attend a one-room school? Join host Sarah S. Uthoff and guest Pam Stover as they talk about the equipment you could expect to find in one-room school. What did they have art and music equipment? How did they get a drink of water? Was there really a dunce cap? And the question Laura Ingalls Wilder never answers where did they go to the bathroom? All that and more on the next episode of Trundlebed Tales.
Episode 39 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2012
Originally aired Sunday, January 6, 2013
Join us as we review what went on in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom this year. We mark two years of Trundlebed Tales podcasts with this episode.
Episode 38 – Thanksgiving History
Originally aired Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks with food historian Sandra Oliver about her book on the history of Thanksgiving, Giving Thanks, and on the history of Thanksgiving, its culture and its foodways.
Episode 37 – L.M. Montgomery and the Bala Museum
Originally aired Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks with Linda and Jack Hutton about how they came to start the Bala Museum. We’ll talk about the connection that L.M. Montgomery has to the area which inspired her adult novel “The Blue Castle”, Linda’s L.M. collection and the museum’s connection to the Sullivan Producation “Anne of Green Gables” movie. Linda and Jack have done incredible things to bring the 1919 “Anne of Green Gables” movie once completely lost back to life and we’ll talk about that project as well.
Episode 36 – Dr. George Tann
Originally Aired Saturday, October 27, 2012
Join host Sarah Uthoff and Susan Thurlow as they talk about Dr. George Tann. Dr. Tann was a real life doctor who saved the Ingalls Family when they were sick with malaria in Kansas, Indian Territory. Laura Ingalls Wilder describes the incident in “Little House on the Prairie.” However, there is much more to Dr. Tann’s life than that. Thurlow has done extensive research and will share her results.
Episode 35 – Quilts and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Originally Aired Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Join host Sarah S. Uthoff and quilt historian Linda Halpin as they talk quilts. We’ll explore trends in quilts during Laura Ingalls Wilder’s lifetime and how quilts changed over time. We’ll talk about how quilts were sewn and how they were used. Halpin is the author of “Quilting With Laura.”
Walnut Grove Roving Report 2012
Originally aired August 8, 2012
Host Sarah S. Uthoff will give an update of her trip to Walnut Grove this summer. She’ll cover the changes at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant. Be sure to keep up with the Ingalls in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Also read the related blog post with photos from the 2012 pageant and tips for attending yourself.
LauraPalooza 2012 Roving Report
Originally aired July 22, 2012
This is the roving report that I didn’t get to make from LauraPalooza, the national conference of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. I’ll take you through the conference and what it was like for me to attend. I hope it will make you feel like you have a front room seat.
Episode 34 One-Room School 1913 with Julie Lang
Originally aired July 1, 2012
Join host Sarah S. Uthoff and Julie Lang as they discuss Lang’s one-room school program in Marshalltown, Iowa. One of the most historically correct one-room school programs in America, Lang designed most of it. It’s set specifically in the year 1913. Hear her views on one-room school museums and how their program works at her country school. Find the resources she lists and the books she’s looking her at this blog post.
Episode 33 – Adult Laura Ingalls Wilder Day
Originally Aired May 26, 2012
Following up on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Patch episode, this time I’ll talk about the Adult Laura Ingalls Wilder day we did as a follow up. I was very sorry we never got a chance to repeat it at Ushers Ferry, but everyone who attended enjoyed it so much that I wanted to share what it was like with everyone. I’ll review what we did for set up and what sessions were held and what activities we offered people. Who knows maybe someone will be inspired to try an adult Laura day of their own.
Episode 32 – A Wilder Lane in San Francisco
Originally Aired May 6, 2012
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks with Trini Wenniger who wrote Rose Wilder Lane’s San Francisco, about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, their time in San Francisco and what you can still see there that they did.
Episode 31 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Patch
Originally Aired April 28, 2012
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks about her experience with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Girl Scout Patch. This program will be aimed at Laura fans who want to know more, Girl Scouts and their families who are considering earning the patch, and for people who may wish to set a workshop in their area.
Learn more about the patch and the event here:
Episode 30 – A Rare Titanic Family
Originally Aired April 17, 2012
Join us as we talk to Julie Williams whose relatives were not only on the Titanic, they all survived. Williams has written a book on it and we’ll talk about her family’s story and the centennial of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
Special Episode – Read Aloud from One-Room School Readers
Originally Aired March 7, 2012 – World Read Aloud Day
Episode 28 – LauraPalooza 2012 Preview
Originally Aired February 23, 2012
Get a preview at what will be happening at the second national Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference this July.
Episode 27 – Celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birthday On Air
Originally aired February 7, 2012
Join us for our second annual Laura Ingalls Wilder birthday celebration. This year we are sharing our favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder related memories.
Episode 24 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2011
Originally Aired Sunday, December 18, 2011
A review of what happened in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom 2011.
Episode 23 – Ingalls Wilder Cemetery Basics
Originally Aired Sunday, December 11, 2011
Learn some Midwestern cemetery history. Basic Cemetery etiquette and where to find the main members of the Ingalls and Wilder family members are buried and how to find their graves.
Episode 22 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Celebrates Thanksgiving
Originally aired Friday, November 25, 2011
Episode 21 – Julie Williams Talks Carrie Ingalls Swanzey
Originally aired Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Williams talks about Carrie in terms of her being a newspaper woman on the frontier.
Episode 20 – Closing Up for Fall
How did 19th century people face fall differently than we do?
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Episode 19 – Spring Valley Wilder Connection
Monday, October 24, 2011
Episode 18 – Paul Juhl on Lincoln’s Iowa Connection
We’ll visit about Abraham Lincoln, James Harlan, and Iowa.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Report from Pepin Laura Ingalls Wilder Days – Part 1
Friday, September 9, 2011
Episode 17 – Kitty Latane of Pepin –
Latane gives us a preview of Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin.
Episode 16 – Apron Introduction
Host Sarah Uthoff gives us a very brief introduction to aprons where historic foodways meets historic clothing.
Episode 15 – Pam Stover Music in One-Room Schools
Join us as we visit with music specialist about music and how it was used in a one-room school.
Roving Reporter from De Smet South Dakota – Part 1
Originally aired Saturday, July 23, 2011
Roving Reporter from De Smet South Dakota – Part 2
Originally aired Sunday, July 24, 2011
Roving Reporter from De Smet South Dakota – Part 3
Originally aired Friday, July 29, 2011
Report from Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
Originally aired Sunday, June 26, 2011
Report from Little House on the Prairie Museum – Part 1
Originally aired Friday, June 10, 2011
Report from Little House on the Prairie Museum – Part 2
Originally aired Saturday, June 11, 2011
Episode 14 – Rob Uthoff is Making Hay
Farmer Boy Rob Uthoff will answer all your questions about all those references to making hay while the sun shines in Laura’s writing.
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.
Episode 12 – De Smet Pageant 40th Anniversary
Ann Lesch of the Ingalls Homestead and the De Smet Pageant talks about the history of the pageant and its anniversary celebration.
Episode 11 – Seeking Laura Letters –
Here an update on the project to collect Laura letters.
Read more here: http://www.trundlebedtales.com/seeking-laura-letters.html
Episode 10 – Steve Luse of Burr Oak – Luse gives an update on Burr Oak, Iowa and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
Episode 9 – Take a Bite Out of History: Biscuits
Follow along with the basic food history information given to the Girl Scouts for the “prairie meal” part of their patch workshop at Ushers Ferry. Laura Ingalls Wilder meets historic foodways when host Sarah S. Uthoff takes you through the “Prairie meal” part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder patch session as she did it at Ushers Ferry Historic Village and introduces you to some introducing facts and thoughts about food history.
Episode 8 – Michelle Martin of Independence – Martin gives an update of what’s going on with the Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas
Episode 7 – One-Room Schools: An Introduction
Host Sarah Uthoff gives the basics of one-room schools.
Episode 6 – Barb Mayes Boustead and the Long Winter – Boustead discusses was the “Long Winter” really that bad.
Episode 5 – Laura’s On Air Birthday Party – We talk about the history of how Laura’s birthday has been celebrated through the years.
Episode 4 – Nicole Elzenga of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota
Episode 3 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Vacations – Planning a Laura trip? Get some thoughts and information to help start your planning.
Episode 2 – Introduction to Host and Format, Looking ahead to fandom in 2011
Pilot Episode – Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2010 in Review
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Last Updated: February 19, 2020
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