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.

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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.

May 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

May is really when Laura Ingalls Wilder season gets started. Most of what happens though is that the homesites open. This year we have several events scheduled. I’m going to do a post about homesites opening later.

Burr Oak IA

New Event – Spring Book Sale 2019 – May 4, 2019
Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church)

– May  27, 2019 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Spring Valley MN

Spring Teas – May 11th (reservations required)

Mansfield MO

May 11, 2019  Justamere Graveyard Workshop [dealing with the cleaning of tombstones]

William T. Anderson

May 30-31, 2019 – Fifth Annual Midwest History Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

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.

May 2019 Presentations

Sarah presenting
Presenting at Belle Plaine Area Museum – Courtesy of Gina Beck Miller

May is a little slower than April for presentations, but this is when all the rest of the homesites open. So that makes up for it.

  • Nashua Public Library – Nashua, Iowa – Packing Up – May 4, 2019 – 10:30am
  • One-Room School Program for classes Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Not open to the public)
  • Eddyville Public Library – Eddyville, Iowa – In the Kitchen with Laura– May 22, 2019 – 6pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Not open to the public)

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.

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.

Ozark Mountain Players Announce 2019 Dates

Ozark Mountain Players is an amateur repertory company in Mansfield, Missouri. Although they occasionally put on other productions, their big one is always Laura’s Memories.

What is Laura’s Memories?

Laura’s Memories is unique to the Laura pageants in that it covers most of Laura’s life. They rotate actors around as Laura gets older, so different actors will play the main parts and once they are no longer in the main parts the same actors continue to be seen in other roles for the rest of the show. Another difference is that Laura’s Memories is a muscial. I have the soundtrack and frankly I really prefer their songs to the one in professional musical. See especially “Farmer Boy.” Their schedule is also different because they split the dates of the pageant. Often they do more than 3 weekends and put them in at least two months. (Additionally they have by FAR the most comfortable seating of all the pageants.)

2019 Dates

There has been some changeover in the management of the group in the last several years and they haven’t always been too quick to get the performance dates out. But now we have them for 2019!

  • July 12-13, 2019
  • July 19-20, 2019
  • July 26-27, 2019
  • September 20-21, 2019 (Wilder Days)

If you’ve never been, you should go!

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    FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, 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 History Conference 2019

Every year the South Dakota State Historical Society holds a conference on South Dakota history. They had done Everybody Eats and Laura Ingalls Wilder as themes of recent conferences. I was really impressed the two times I’ve been there. I’m not going this year, but it’s always interesting. Here’s the schedule.

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.