Top 10 Posts During November 2019

Sarah in her 1890s dress in set up
Me in the set up

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you, too.

Schedule of Presentations

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Pomona Public Library

A Long Way Home A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anne’s American Cousins

September 2019 Roving Reports

American Women Exhibit

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

T-Shirt of the Month November 2019

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Smile You Can Donate To Laura on Amazon Nov 2017

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.

Anne’s American Cousins

Revisiting an Anne story.

Sarah's Notebook

L.M. Montgomery Shelf

I just read a very interesting article about L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. It compared Anne with Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Freckles, and other orphan centered turn of the century works. It was strange because somehow I had never run across L.M. Montgomery until Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables production was first shown on the now dearly departed Wonderworks. The advertisements said it was a cross between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm (which I had also loved) so how could I resist? I ended up liking Anne even better than Rebecca, so much so that my mother once accused me of having left Laura behind and gone on to Anne (an idea which I quickly disabused her of – I did go to Prince Edward Island as my high school graduation present and loved it.)

The article discusses how Canadian were…

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American Women Exhibit

Check out this video from the Hoover Presidential Library about their “American Women” display.

Sarah's Notebook

The next time the Hoover Library had a display case dedicated to Laura Ingalls Wilder was when she was chosen as part of the American Women exhibit in 2000. Laura’s case is shown at Laura Ingalls Wilder  8:41 into the video. In the Wilder case, look for a chair Almanzo made, a table and chair from Rocky Ridge, and the mailbox where Laura received all those fan letters. There are a couple of pages of revised manuscript. Also on the table are examples of Laura’s china and silverware. There are also Sewell editions and foreign editions plus some photo blow ups. I made quite a few trips over there to admire the exhibit while it was up.

Below are the women who got a major mention in the video. On YouTube open the comments and you can click on the times to go directly to the woman you are…

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Pomona Public Library

Revisiting the Pomona Public Library.

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Clara Webber Gets a Start

It all began when librarian Clara Webber was working in Alliance, Ohio. She began corresponding with Laura Ingalls Wilder. She later moved to California and was hired as children’s librarian at the Pomona Public Library. At the time they were in a Carnegie building that was bursting at the seams. The children’s room was less than inviting and as one of her first projects she set out to change it, with paint, new furniture, and “storybook picture fabric.”

A Room of Her Own

Ms. Webber also asked Laura if it would be all right to name the room for her. Laura replied that she would be delighted. Laura sent them a letter (see photo by following link below), a handwritten manuscript of  Little Town on the Prairie and typescript of By the Shores of Silver Lake. She also sent an autographed photo and an…

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Top 10 Posts During October 2019

Sarah at Pepin
Sarah in my 1890s dress at Pepin

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too.

Introducing Trundlebed TRAILS

Girlfriend Getaway Mansfield MO

Wilder Days TV 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2019

November 2019 Presentations

Lambert’s Cafe Home of the Throwed Rolls

Quote: “This library belongs to no person…”

Walnut Grove Reaper

Manchester Tornado Anniversary

My 5 Most Viewed YouTube Videos 2019

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

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.

Union Pacific Repair Center

Revisiting my trip to Union Pacific.

Sarah's Notebook

Union Pacific Car Interior Union Pacific Car Interior

The class I took this summer got to visit the Union Pacific Repair Center where we got the great experience to tour the VIP Coaches. These are classic coaches that have been restored and redesigned inside and out. These are gorgeous cars given incredible care. They can go up to 110 miles per hour. Their major competitor in Canada has cars that are restored inside, but can only go 30 miles an hour because they aren’t as solidly restored mechanically.

These special cars are for the use of Union Pacific executives and for special events. For example, they used these trains to create a temporary hotel for V.I.P.s at the Olympics in Salt Lake City (they built a temporary siding in a parking lot to park the train in) and to

Observation Car Observation Car

create a special train ride for former President Bush’s 80th birthday celebration…

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Quote: “This library belongs to no person…”

Reminder of a great quote.

Sarah's Notebook

ICPL Carnegie

The Iowa City Public Library quoted in its annual report for patrons the first president of the Iowa City Public Library Association, Martin J. Wade. Wade made a speech at the dedication of the library. The library has come along way from those early days, but the words from Wade‘s speech still ring true. The library first was in the upstairs of several buildings around town, but eventually they landed in one of the most beautiful Carnegie libraries I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot) sadly a poorly designed addition in the 1970s made the building pretty unusable as a library. The library moved across the street in 1980 where they are on their second building in that location. The photo above is a recent one of the Carnegie building which was remodeled into apartments after public outcry prevented its demolition about 10 years ago.

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