In the Kitchen With Laura Jell-O

My In the Kitchen With Laura posts and videos bring you into the kitchen with Laura Ingalls Wilder as we learn about historic cooking.

Historic Food?

Gelatin both as a savory and as a dessert since back in the middle ages. Jell-O as a branded product was invented in 1897. Do you know there is a museum that focuses on Jell-O? The LeRoy Historical Society is the local historical society for the town where Jell-O brand gelatin was invented. Lynne Belluscio represented the museum in my recent podcast.

Listen to: Lynne Belluscio and the Story of Jell-O

The LeRoy Historical Society doesn’t have an official tour video, but there are a couple done by visitors on YouTube. This one gives you a brief look around and features Lynne.

For a quicker version of the story of Jell-O check out this brief video history of the invention of the brand.

This write up includes some nice photos including one of a Jell-O including a lettuce type salad encased in Jell-O.

Cookbooks

Cookbooks are an important cultural resource. This one includes references to Jell-O cookbooks. Download and find some of the many, many Jell-O cookbooks that were produced.

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.

Lions City Park Then Pentacrest Museums Now

Iowa City Park Zoo

City Park Zoo

Regular readers will know that I loved the City Park Zoo. It had fallen on hard times. You can read my prior posts about it.

One story I had heard was that the bear which had been the University of Iowa’s mascot before Herky the Hawk. I asked the people behind the Natural History Museum on campus about it and they thought maybe that story was mixed up with the fact that they DID have the City Park lions.

Iowa City Park Zoo Lions in the News

So I’m always excited when anything from the City Park makes the news and the lions from the zoo are in the news. These lions were brought to Iowa City by Harry Bremer who purchased them in South Africa. They lived in his carriage house for awhile and then moved over to the City Park. The lions were taxidermied when they died (in 1931 and 1939). 68 donors including a large gift from the family of former sociology professor George McCall funded a new spot for lions.
They raised money for a new permanent mural in 30 years by Thomas Agran. It will open later this year with an image of South Africa where the lions were born. I’m looking forward to see the stand out of a new display.

Pentacrest Museums eNewsletter

The Pentacrest Museums incorporates the multiple museums in the Pentacrest area of the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. They send out e-mail newsletters regularly here is their story about the lions.
Pentacrest Museum E-Newsletter from March 25, 2020:
Check out the latest IOWA Magazine for an article on the exhibit renovation and habitat installation for our lions, Harry and Josephine.
We’re proud to announce, there and here, our new partnership with Iowa City Downtown District’s public art director and adjunct assistant professor at the UI School of Art and Art History, Thomas Agran, “It’s exciting to take part in offering some context for the lions, helping to use their rather bizarre story as a broader opportunity to teach. Yay museums!”
Agran will install the exhibit mural in Mammal Hall soon, when it is deemed safe to work in the building again. Stay tuned for progress reports and grand opening dates. Click here to read the story in Iowa Magazine.
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.

 

September 2019 Roving Reports

September was a very Laura Ingalls Wilder themed month with two different Laura trips. Traditionally Laura Days in Pepin, Wisconsin, and Wilder Days in Mansfield, Missouri, are on consecutive weekends. That makes it hard to get the time to do both in a single year. This year I did get a unique chance to do both.

Normally when I make a Laura trip I like to call in and do a podcast every day so you can follow along. This year I didn’t get it done for either trip. In Pepin I had a technical issue and in Mansfield I got back so late each night I didn’t take time. I did do a couple of Facebook lives so you can find those back on my feed.

So I ended up doing one big roundup podcast episode for each. I hope you enjoy them. There are going to be video posts for both trips, too. Check out my YouTube and Vimeo channels every Friday.

Pepin

Sarah at Pepin
Sarah in my 1890s dress at Pepin

I was in town for Pepin’s Laura Days, September 13-15, 2019. I come in on Friday night, but honestly nothing is officially happening yet. It’s all set up. The biggest day of the event is Saturday which has my speech, the Little Miss Laura contest, the fiddle contest, and other assorted events. Sunday has several community events including a pancake breakfast and church service. The big event is the parade.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2019/10/14/ep-106-roving-report-pepin-laura-days-2019

Find the video playlist.

Mansfield

Sarah by the Bust of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I was in town for Mansfield’s Wilder Days, September 19-22, 2019. Thursday I made a non-Laura related stop (look for the videos). Then I failed to get to stop and get a photo of Laura’s bust in the Missouri Hall of Fame in the state capitol. I stayed the night in Lebanon, Missouri which has grown a lot since the last time I stayed there as a kid. Friday I made it to Mansfield making a long stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Branch of the Wright County Library. I spent a lot of Friday afternoon at the Rock House and then back to museum for the VIP reception before the Wilder dinner at the high school gym. Saturday I heard Pa’s fiddle did Rocky Ridge and the museum and walked the path between the two houses. Saturday night I saw the pageant. Then Sunday morning I hit the stuff that I could get photos of when they were closed. Then I headed home.

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2019/10/30/ep-107-roving-report-mansfield-wilder-days-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   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.

Happy Halloween 2019

Me as Laura and my brother as Fonzie

Have a Happy Halloween with The Henry Ford.

Check out a Bogie Book for yourself!

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.

Train at Henry Ford

I love trains. I love The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village. So in short I LOVE this video. I can even tie in a Walt Disney connection because when Walt was first really getting into trains and starting to think about creating Disneyland one of the places he visited was Greenfield Village. If you go there, I think you can see where he got some of his ideas.

This less than 4 minute video is from The Henry Ford‘s video series, Innovation Nation. It looks at the history of Cabooses. Do you know exactly what a Caboose does?

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.

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.

Memorial Society Wagon Gets Covered

I don’t think it’s any secret that I LOVE De Smet, South Dakota. Despite my best efforts to go to OTHER Laura sites circumstances and De Smet keep calling me back. I was very pleased last year when I went to the De Smet Event that they’d gotten an authentic farm wagon/covered wagon like the Ingalls would have used.

Hansen Wheel and Wagon

The wagon was found in very good condition in a barn and restored by the internationally famous Hansen Wheel and Wagon that both restores and builds various kinds of wagons and horse equipment for museums, Hollywood, and well-healed horse people of all types. The business, which can be toured for a fee, is located near Mitchell, South Dakota (also home of the Corn Palace). Its owner, Doug Hansen, was able to come over to DeSmet for the DeSmet Event 2017.

Man in front of covered wagon
Doug Hansen of Hansen Wheel and Wagon in front of DeSmet Memorial Society Wagon

A Normal Farm Wagon

Everyday people on relatively short trips wouldn’t be buying Contestoga wagons, they’d just put hoops on their everyday farm wagon. Farm wagons are a very multipurpose vehicle. The sides can be taken down so that they are taller or shorter as needed. The box can be removed completely to move something that wouldn’t fit in the box. The box can be put on runners and be changed into a sleigh.

Under Cover

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in DeSmet doesn’t have much in the way of large scale storage so the wagon was left outside in the elements. However I just recently found this note off of the De Smet News council report

Tritle, David. “City Approves New Assisted Living Center.” The De Smet News, 15 Aug. 2018, pp. 1,8.

  • The Zoning Board also approved a request from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society director Tessa Flak to build an open shelter to house the society’s antique prairie schooner. Flak said the elements have not been kind to the wagon and paint is starting to peel. She hoped the shelter would be sufficient to slow the decay. 

When I returned for my incredibly short trip in October 2018 I got a photo of the shelter.

Wagon under car port type shelter
Wagon Under New Shelter

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

South Dakota Art Museum 2019

Harvey Dunn Art Museum
Harvey Dunn Art Museum

One of my favorite places in Brookings is the South Dakota Art Museum. The best part is that it’s where you can see the largest collection of Harvey Dunn paintings. Dunn, who is Grace Ingalls Dow’s nephew by marriage, was a very famous artist and illustrator. (He even has his own stamp.) His prairie paintings are amazing and even if you’ve seen them online or in books, you really need to see them in person to fully appreciate them. My post last year has more details.

I want to encourage people to visit so I always like to give the exhibit schedule for the year.

Harvey Dunn Exhibit

This year’s Harvey Dunn Exhibit is called “Harvey Dunn: Fences, Cows, Plows & Oxen.” It opened on February 16, 2019 and be open through August 11, 2019. They rotate through which of his paintings they exhibit. This time they’ve chosen paintings that feature fences, cows, plows, and oxen. That describes about half of Dunn’s work in their collection, but these are the highlights.

Vote for a New Print

Another good reason to stop at the art museum is it’s lovely gift shop. One of the things I love are the prints of Dunn’s work. Currently they offer 15 Dunn prints.

They’re about to offer another one and this time YOU can vote for which one you’d like them to do next.

Pssst! I voted for “The Sunlit Hills” which features Hereford cattle. So should you! I must admit some of the others are pretty great, too. — No Herefords though so you know where your loyalty should lie.

Free Parking

The big excitement last year was that they now have a dedicated, free parking lot. It was always available for parking when available, but as it was right next to campus security I think people always felt a little nervous about parking there – I know I did. Now it’s officially and fully available for all museum visitors.

Paint Out!

The museum co-sponsors an event at the Ingalls Homestead where registered artists paint over a weekend and then sell their works. It’s been a successful, long term event.

Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint Out, August 9-11, 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  Facebook ,  TwitterLinkedIn ,  SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

April 2019 Presentations

Fake Tintype

April is always a busy month for presentations and this year is no exception. I’ve also added my first program in May. Check and see if there is a program coming near you.

  • Lake Mills Public Library – Lake Mills, Iowa – Packing Up – April 3, 2019 – 5:30pm
  • Athena Club – Belle Plain, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – April 8, 2019 – 6:30pm
  • Ottumwa Women’s Club – Ottumwa, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – April 9, 2019 – 1pm
  • Siouxland Libraries – One Book Siouxland: Prairie Fire -Sioux Falls, South Dakota – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – April 14, 2019 – 3pm
  • Nashua Public Library – Nashua, Iowa – Packing Up – May 4, 2019 – 10:30am

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.

Cell Phone Invented

A 1980s cell phone

The Henry Ford museum has a documentary show that focuses on things from their collection. Marty Cooper headed up the team at Motorola that developed the cell phone. It was an invention that changed the behavior of the majority of people on the planet. On April 3, 1973 on a New York City street Cooper made the first cell phone — to his major competitor to tell them they’d succeeded.

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.