Every year the historic campus (The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and The Herbert Hoover National Historic site) and the town of West Branch celebrate Christmas in a BIG way! The big Christmas event in person is always the first weekend of December. I’ve been several times and I recommend it. However, if you’re only able to visit West Branch online there are several videos to watch!
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas
Back in 2010, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum did a special Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas exhibit. Their normal schedule is big summer exhibit through October, Christmas tree exhibit from November through the beginning of January and then a winter exhibit from January through April or May. Each year they try for a different theme. The 2010 exhibit was A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas. I consulted and loaned them some of my material, photographs, etc. for the display.
Take a look!
NOTE: I actually have more footage of this on an old computer and I may edit it and get it up someday. Also, be aware that the Christmas ornaments in the gift shop were a limited supply and when they’re gone they’re gone. The Laura ones are a long time gone. Check with them for this year’s holiday exhibit themed ornaments.
I put together a special program about Christmas. This is a shortened, original version of my Christmas with Laura program which I still present.
Readers Theater “A Christmas Carol”
Another non-Laura Christmas entry is their Readers Theater production of A Christmas Carol. Admittedly as they are reading it’s not the most exciting thing to watch, but this shortened edition is an excellent show to have on while wrapping presents or otherwise getting ready for the holiday.
Christmas in Iowa
Their third and final – for now – Christmas video is Michael Zahs, a popular Iowan historic speaker, presents historic tales of Christmas in Iowa.
And if you’re a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan be sure to check out my latest program video – again a special version of – A Long Way Home.
But an older Laura video is a tour of their Laura Ingalls Wilder exhibit. It’s still their most visited winter exhibit ever.
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.