Join host Sarah S. Uthoff as she interviews avid baseball fan and collector Jen Paulsen Uthoff about the hits and misses of attending a professional baseball game.
Join us as we talk to Kitty Latane of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin Wisconsin.
We had a technical glitch near the beginning and a big one about 10 minutes in, but other than that it’s a great visit I think you’ll enjoy.This year’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Dates are: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 10 & 11, 2011.
Kitty also mentioned the following websites.
Latane Blacksmith Shop:
Pepin Wisconsin Site:
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Site:
Although we haven’t been quite as regular at attending the Old Threshers Reunion as we have the Iowa State Fair, we usually attend. It’s a great event. It has so many different parts. There is the original Threshing reenactment, an old tractor show, an old car show, antique dealers, a railroad and street car line. Plus an old fashioned printing press area, a log cabin village doing the 1840s, a quilting area, a carousel, dolls, and a theater museum. In short there is so much to do at Midwest Old Threshers that you couldn’t possibly do it all in one day and there is going to be something for everyone and I didn’t even mention the music concerts or the sorghum demonstration or…. just come, OK? Trust me, you’ll love it.
and on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/mwoldthreshers
My Midwest Old Threshers Touring Plan:
UPDATED June 24, 2016: I confirmed the existing links and added links to their Facebook and Twitter. I also added a link to my Midwest Old Threshers Touring Plan Podcast. My current signature block is now at the bottom, but I left the schedule image in.
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.
Travel Times is the travel element of Trundlebed Tales Radio. We seek out people with interesting hobbies and trips and try to give you an insiders point of view. In tonight’s episode we interview my mother, Susie Uthoff whose family has been visiting the Iowa State Fair since the 1920s.
See my post on the Butter Cow here:
I wrote about our visit in 2007 here:
Another family’s memories of the fair:
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 onFacebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.
Report from Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
Originally aired Sunday, June 26, 2011
In addition to my normal radio shows, when I get a chance to visit a homesite, I’m trying to add Roving Reporter episodes where I share what I’ve seen and done during the day what’s changed and what you might want to see and do. I hope you enjoy them, look for more.
There are several bed and breakfasts with rooms named for members of the Ingalls and Wilder families across the country. This is the second one I’ve stayed in and unlike most of the others I’ve discovered this one is no where near a Laura homesite town. Instead it’s tucked into the northern Iowan community of St. Ansgar. It’s an hour away from the nearest Laura homesite, Spring Valley, Minnesota. Probably it’s closest connection is Bernice J. Risse, once a teacher at nearby Osage, Iowa, who after her husband died spent summers down at Rocky Ridge helping give tours and with various projects. (Bernice took at least some of the photos sold by Mansfield up to the 1980s showing various things and places connected to Laura in black and white photos. )
Actually the room is specifically named Plum Creek and other rooms are named after other children’s books including Heaven to Betsy and Never, Never Land. I got to stay there during a speaking engagement a couple of years ago, although I didn’t get to stay in the Plum Creek room. It turns out that Anne’s House of Dreams is the only one with independent control of heat, so that’s where they put me during the spring event. It’s actually located in second smaller, handicap accessible house behind the primary building. I was glad of the heat. I did get to tour the rest of the rooms though and they are very nicely done featuring both mementos and images from the books they are named for. Find images and descriptions of all the rooms on their website
There is also a restaurant in the main building on the ground floor and if the food is as lovely as the decor it must be very good indeed. Inn Keeper Sherrie Hansen is also a published author and often features writer/reader friendly events. You can find her on Twitter if you can’t go in person. SherrieHansen
I’d like to put together a directory of places with Laura themed rooms, if you know of another please let me know.
The last time I made the journey down to Independence, Kansas and the Little House on the Prairie Museum, we tacked it on to a conference we were attending in Kansas City, so we didn’t spend much time in the actual town. After we left the site itself, we were there long enough to hit McDonald’s and Dr. Tann’s grave and hit the road again. This time I had a little more time there (although my list of things to do next time is still quite long) and when we arrived Friday night we started looking for a place to eat.
First choice, we looked for Sirloin Stockade. Any place with a Hereford on the sign is good in our book (we raise
Herefords), but it appears to now be a Social Security Administration Office. So we tried again. Second choice, the fine dining restaurant I had found referenced in a travel article had been sold and Uncle Jack’s is now a bar and grille and from the outside anyway, heavy on the bar. Third choice, (also referenced in the article) was a genuine soda fountain. Sadly they were closed for the day and not opened weekends. (I was deeply disappointed – I adore phosphates.)
So we tried a place neither of us knew anything about, Brothers Railroad Inn. It turned out it was a good choice. Not only was the service attentive
and the food delicious, but portions were large. There were multiple rooms and patio area. We were sorry we had to get some driving miles in on Saturday night because otherwise we’d been back to try some of that delicious looking pizza the people at the next table were eating. We’d had deep fat fried ravioli and fish instead.
The original Railroad Inn was started in 1950 in Bowie, Maryland. This one is sort of a spin off of that original restaurant by the grandson of original owner. The one in Independence was started in 2003. I recommend it if you’re even in Independence, you can also order from their website.