October 2018 Presentations

Sarah Uthoff in front of the Surveyors House
Sarah Uthoff in front of the Surveyors House

Thanks to my Johnson County Historical Society school programs October is shaping up to be a busy month. 🙂

As a heads up, October is pretty much booked. I still take bookings for November and the first week or so of December, but after that I’m closed down until the last half of March. I’ve just had to cancel too many programs during those months over the years. [The weather could be bad on this end, or that end, or this spring for Urbandale it was fine on both ends and an ice storm halfway between parked on I-80. Some cancellations do happen, but we try to avoid it. 😉 ]

The Humanities Iowa program is a great deal, but they only allow me so many slots a year. Several have been taken already. So if you’re interested for 2019 let me know as soon as you can.

Just because I have those Humanities slots doesn’t mean you can’t book direct. I’ve actually had more direct bookings this year than I have in years. Get in touch for specifics. info@trundlebedtales.com

Programs

  • Iowa Library Association – Cedar Rapids, IA – Library Rescue: What Jon Taffer Taught Me About Libraries – October 4, 2018 – 11:05am (Registration Required)
  • Lake City Schools – Lake City, Iowa – Packing Up – October 9, 2018 (Not open to the public)
  • Lake City Public Library – Lake City, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – October 9, 2018 – 7pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 10, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 18, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 24, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 25, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • Eastern Iowa Girl Scout Tea – Location to be announced, Ticket Required – Originally Scheduled in October Delayed Until Spring

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

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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September 2018 Presentations

Sarah at Coralville School
Sarah at Coralville School

September tends to be a busy month for Laura Ingalls Wilder events and this year it’s no exception. I have two programs. My first program is A Day in a One-Room School. In this program I take you through a day in a turn of the 20th century school. My second is my annual program at Laura Days in Pepin. This year I’m doing Packing Up and we’ve shifted time to morning. See you then!

  • North Liberty Public Library – North Liberty, IA – A Day in a One-Room School – September 4, 2018 – 6:30pm
  • Laura Days – Pepin, WI – September 8-9, 2018

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.

 

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

A National Parks style poster for Homestead National Monument

Start With Research

I’ve been researching one-room school lunches for a long time. I’ve collected information from parent and teacher magazines. (I’m also very distraught that there is a thesis from the 1910s I can’t lay my hands on.) I’ve also collected  government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

What People Really Took

One of my on-going projects has been a survey on what people actually ate.  I’ve been collecting surveys for what people remember taking. So far I’ve got 468 responses with answers coming from everywhere between Canada to Louisiana. Answers on what they took ranged from hoe cakes to ketchup sandwiches to a hot dog kept warm in a Thermos with string tied around the natural casing knot to pull it out.

Politics

I was surprised about how school lunch, or at least providing a hot school lunch, turned out to be a pretty political topic as it was an excuse given as one of the reasons to close one-room schools. Many creative efforts were made to fill the gap  (until the Thermos made it unnecessary).

I also found out that where you ate lunch turned out to be a problem, if you ate on your desk how did you get it or keep it clean? Plus, were students made to wash their hands? It’s lead me down a lot of interesting questions besides food.

Handouts

I’ve put together a presentation what I’ve got so far, but I’m still going to be collecting surveys. So if you went or taught in a one-room school or know someone who did, please fill out the survey and spread the word.

Here is my latest update of my Handout 2018 about what I’ve learned so far.

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.

June 2018 Presentations

Sarah at Teacher Desk at Stone Academy, Solon, Iowa
Sarah at Teacher Desk at Stone Academy, Solon, Iowa

June is a month where you see a lot more events than presentations, but I do have three of them this month. One is at the Country School Association of America (one-room schools). There is still time to register for that one.

  • Winterset Public Library – Winterset, Iowa – June 13, 2017
    2 pm – In the Classroom With Laura
    6:30 pm – In the Kitchen With Laura (1930s version)
  • Country School Association of America:18th Annual Schoolhouse Conference – Beatrice, NE – What’s For Lunch Update – June 17-20, 2018 (Conference Registration Required)

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.

My Upcoming Schedule

These are my confirmed presentations for this year. Take a look. Is there a program coming near you?

Sarah at Flindt's Garage on Ingalls Homestead
Sarah at Flindt’s Garage on Ingalls Homestead

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.

Learn more here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

Schedule

  • Historical Collections of Grundy County – Morrison, Iowa – General Laura Program – March 11, 2018 – 2 pm
  • Winterset Public Library – Winterset, Iowa – March 16, 2017
    2 pm – In the Classroom With Laura
    6:30 pm – In the Kitchen With Laura (1930s version)
  • Urbandale Public Library – Urbandale, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – Pioneer Version – March 17, 2018 – 10 am
  • St. Charles City-County Library District (Saint Louis, Missouri Area) – April 14, 2018
    Middendorf-Kredell Branch at 10 am (General Laura Program)
    Spencer Road Branch at 3pm (In the Kitchen With Laura)
  • Des Moines Public Library – Des Moines, Iowa – In the Kitchen with Laura – April 23, 2018 – 2pm
  • Tama County Historical Society – Toledo, Iowa – General Laura Program – May 2, 2018 – 7pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes May 7, 14, and 21, 2018 (Not open to the public)
  • Country School Association of America:18th Annual Schoolhouse Conference – Beatrice, NE – What’s For Lunch Update – June 17-20, 2018 (Conference Registration Required)
  • Laura Days – Pepin, WI – Packing Up – September 8-9, 2018

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One-Room School Survey Update Jan 2018

Please pass this on to anyone you know that is interested in one-room schools, went to one or taught in one. I want the widest possible numbers for my survey.

Orange oval lunchbox

The image is a common one, students trudging along a road to a distant one-room school house, clutching their school books and lunchboxes. What do you think is hidden in those lunchboxes? My mission is to find out. My research has covered reports in both teacher magazines and in parent/women’s magazines, teacher instruction manuals, and extension leaflets. In addition, I’ve been distributing a survey. The difference between what was called for in magazines and what people actually took was interesting.

It’s time again to remind you that my one-room school lunch survey is still on-going. I have 458 responses, the schools described range from Canada to Louisiana.

It’s a one-page survey and also makes an excellent story jogger if you fill it out with an older relative or ask them to fill it out. Anyone who attended or taught at a one or two room school is welcome to participate no matter when or where that school was located.

Please help us get enough surveys so we can see more trends. Anyone has complete copyright permission to run off and distribute as many as possible for any location.

Find the survey here:

lunch-survey

I update the handout with current numbers at each presentation. The most recent one was from the Association of Living History Farms and Museums. Find the latest circulated results here:
https://trundlebedtales.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/school-lunch-handout.pdf

For the Future

This summer I’m going to be doing an update on my results at the Country School Association of America.

If you haven’t yet filled out my survey (linked above), please do!

If you can come to the one-room school conference in Beatrice, Nebraska, it will be well worth your trip!

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,   LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

October 2017 Presentations

Sarah at Kirkwood Booth ISF 2017

October tends to be when things start to wind down for the year. We have fewer presentations and events, but we still will have one more burst for the Christmas season in November and the first week of December.

  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, October 30, 2017. (Not open to the public)

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.