Show Me The State: The Lost Disney Park

Show Me State is a public radio series about Missouri. They’ve done a couple of really cool episodes lately. This is one is about Walt Disney’s “hometown” Marceline, Missouri. I’ve added notes about the main points of the radio show.

​http://www.tinyurl.com/y3mj9qou

Sarah in Marceline Mo
Me in Marceline

Marceline, Missouri heavily influenced Disney both in Parks and movies.

Kaye Malins, head of museum

Co-author of Walt Disney’s Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius, Dan Viets

Agricultural museum show kids what turn of the century farms were like

Newish town – Marceline was about 20 years old – when Walt first arrived

Pop caps at 4,000

To Walt the most important thing was dreaming tree

Walt’s speech in Marceline is recorded – talks about how Roy was always looking out for him, making sure he had money, Roy was a financial genius

Walt had many projects going

“I feel sorry for people who’ve lived in cities all their life and don’t have a little hometown.”

Asked Walt if they could name the pool for him. He wrote right back and wanted to know if he could bring Roy. Took him to his dreaming tree.

Walt asked his friend to buy the former Disney farm. He planed to re-create his version of Marceline IN Marceline.

Plan never made it past drawings and mock ups.

Roy asked to do Florida project, he would finish, but couldn’t do Marceline. His health was gone.

10 Overnight rooms

“Good job, Kay.”

Dan Viets has recording of Disney’s speech

 

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2019

Photo in Wilder Farmhouse – Courtesy of Connie Jenkins

 

 

I’m late this year listing the Laura Christmas productions this year, but I wanted to get a record of them up anyway. Look for next year’s list and be sure to tell your local theaters that these plays are available.

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

It’s time to get in the mood for the holidays and for many families attending a Laura Ingalls Wilder play. There are four titles that are currently running on the circuit.

  • A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks
  • A Little House Christmas by James DeVita
  • Melodies and Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Little House Christmas at Plum Creek by Lisa Cordes

I’ve only found productions of the first two works this year, but I’ve included information for all four in case you want to encourage a local theater group to put one on for next year. Remind them there are only SO many versions of A Christmas Carol they can do and one of these might make a fun change.

I’ll also mention that although it really doesn’t have much of a Christmas connection Little House on the Prairie: The Musical is also available for production. Spread the word!

Little House on the Prairie: The Musical

This play was originally opened at the Guthrie and had an international tour. Then lay  fallow for about 10 years before rights were released for purchase for local production groups. I’ll try to keep track of productions if you find out about one, please let me know.

Rochester, MN

December 6-7, 13-14, 2019

Basic Information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2778904678808215/?event_time_id=2778904682141548

Peace United Church of Christ
Rochester, MN

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks

If you want your local group to try it next year, check out the script and production rights. Learn the basics. Check out the author’s page.

Here’s a clip from a production in 2012.

Dodge City, KS
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2019
Depot Theater Company (there are 2 theaters, this is the office)
201 E Wyatt Earp Blvd
Dodge City, KS 67801
620-225-1001

 

“A Little House Christmas” by James Devita

Check with the author for production rightsLearn more about him.

Shots from a production.

Grand Island, NE

December 11-15, 2019

Basic Information:
http://www.githeater.org

Grand Island Little Theatre
3180 W US Hwy 34
Grand Island, NE 68801
308-382-2586

Greenfield, SC

December 13 – 15, 20 – 22, 2019

Basic Information:
https://www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com

The Abbeville Opera House
100 Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620

“Melodies and Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

Check out this clip from a 2009 production. No current productions found this year. Find out more if you want to put it on.

“A Little House Christmas at Plum Creek”

No current productions this year.

Here’s a story about its release.

This was the second year for a TV show cast reunion event. They are looking at making it an anuual event.

Colony Theater – Burbank, CA

“Little Christmas on the Prairie”

December 13-14, 2019

COLONY THEATER In Burbank, CA

Alison Arngrim
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush
Dan McBride
Wendi Lou Lee
Charlotte Randall Yerke

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2019

Baking on a wood burning stove
Baking at Ushers Ferry

When you think Laura trip, normally think of summer trips. Planning driving trips around the Midwest during the winter isn’t a wise person’s first choice, but sometimes early December is still fine weather. Over the years several of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites have had a Christmas event that first December weekend. Currently Mansfield, Missouri, and Malone, New York, have Christmas Events.

Mansfield MO

December 7, 2019 – Christmas with Laura 6:00pm

Mansfield’s Christmas event is smaller. Refreshment, shopping, and tours of Rocky Ridge are all part of the event.

Malone/Burke NY

Christmas with Almanzo  – December 7, 2019

  • Children’s  craft activities
  • Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

Spring Valley, MN

For years Spring Valley hosted a Christmas tree at their museums. This is the first year without one. I’m sorry to hear it and we’ll watch hopefully for their return.

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.

T-Shirt of the Month November 2019

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Children's Literature Festival Shirt

Marshfield has long held an annual event where national speakers with family connections to history and classic TV shows and books come to speak. Rev. Nicholas W. Inman leads the event and now has taken over the directorship of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum so it was natural that they joined forces in 2019. Previously the museum had sessions/fundraiser tied into the event, but now they are a full fledge partner with a conjuction event. The participants traveled to Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, where they toured the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home at half-price and took part in a Scavenger Hunt in the Museum gallery.

After a very successful 2019 they are branching out on their own in 2020. They are going to be in the fall, specifically November 5-6, 2020, 9am to 3pm each day. It’s going to be a similar event this year. Author signing be will in the the community center in Mansfield – 205 N Missouri Ave, Mansfield, MO 65704.

They had some great stuff for merchandise including this great t-shirt. I think it’s one of the prettiest in my collection. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for when they announce next year’s! Catch my unboxing video that features it.

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.

Introducing Trundlebed TRAILS

Take a Moment of Calm

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying the calming commercials for the app that show a generic pretty nature scene with a circle counting down (a minute? 30 seconds? I never timed it and honestly as much as I enjoy the commercials I haven’t looked into the app).

Find Peace With Laura

It occurred to me that Laura Ingalls Wilder fans might enjoy some SPECIFIC, Laura related, calming nature scenes. On my trips this fall I recorded several short videos of things – you’ll have to wait to see exactly what – and I’m going to post them under the Trundlebed Trails series. Most of them are going to be a couple of minutes with a fixed camera so this initial offering is a little different.

Driving Miss – issippi

This first video is the film I recorded with my fixed dashboard camera as I drove along the Mississippi River with a short narration and then my pump organ theme song playing in the background – I thought you’d prefer that to engine and air conditioning noises. So it’s a little different from my later attempts, but since I recorded it first I’m publishing it first.

I know a lot of Laura fans don’t live in the Midwest and even those who do probably live in a different region than the Driftless area that Pepin is located in. So you might not get the chance to see the landscape around the northern part of the mighty Mississippi. I hope you enjoy the drive.

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.

Girlfriend Getaway Mansfield MO

As part of a series a group of women from the Ozarks Live TV show went on a road trip and ended up in Mansfield. The segment originally aired on June 18, 2019. The crew also stopped other places including the Alley Spring Mill which is on Missouri state quarter. It’s the 38th coin overall in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. They also recommend the Dairy Shack restaurant in Eminence, Missouri.

Appearing live in front of the Rocky Ridge farmhouse they interview Vicki Johnston (Museum Supervisor) and Clint Jackson (Wilder Home Manager).

#GirlfriendGetaway: Day two wraps up in Mansfield, Ava, and West Plains

They have approximately 30,000 visitors a year. Summer hours are between 9am and 4:30pm with a tour leaving every 30 minutes. Tours include the museum, Rocky Ridge farmhouse, and the rock house. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Literature Festival was near the end of April in 2019. They are looking at moving to the first week of May for 2020. The 2019 event was the first and they hoped to have 150 people — they got 703.

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.