Trundlebedtales Comes to YouTube

Reminding you about my videos.

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Trundlebed Tales YouTube Header

I just wanted to let everybody know that I started a new channel on YouTube. So far I’ve uploaded two short videos I filmed while I was in Pepin for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days. I hope to add more and that you will enjoy them. I’ve also added links to the Ingalls Homestead orientation video and a recording of them playing Pa’s fiddle at Wilder Days. Please come take a look.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Trundlebedtales

UPDATED October 13 2018: The YouTube channel has been going for a long while now. I kind of abandoned it after Google bought it and required you use Google+ in order to use it. Now I’ve started posting again.

You can also find the videos cross posted on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/trundlebedtales

I also added the photo of the header and my current signature block.

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Hot Dish of Cocoa

Check out a great recipe I found in my stuff on one-room schools.

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Hurray, I’m up to 194 one-room school lunch surveys turned in! In the survey responses one of the things that keeps coming up as a single hot dish cooked at the school or in a Thermos is cocoa. With temperatures around here falling to 10 degrees below normal this week. I thought it might be a good time to share. Here’s a recipe from the “Rural School Lunch” by Nellie Wing Farnsworth in 1916. I haven’t made this particular recipe before, but I included my general hot cocoa tips below.

One-Room School Teacher Cooking Cocoa Cocoa in a One-Room School

Cocoa

6 tsp. cocoa
2 cups boiling water
4 tsp. sugar
2 cups scalded milk
A few grains of salt

Make a paste of the cocoa, sugar, salt, and a little water. Add the rest of the water and boil one minute. Add scalded milk and beat one minute with Dover egg beater to prevent scum. This…

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Top 10 Posts During September 2018

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

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.

Iowa Genealogical Society to Hold Fall Conference

After the Flood by Bill Richards

Lucy and Arnold

Belle Mansfield Update

Springfield IL 2013

Library Rescue What Jon Taffer Taught Me About Libraries

What comes next? Updated

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2018 Events

Annual Christmas Shopping Guide 2015

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

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 , 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.

Belle Mansfield Update

Looking for Belle Mansfield.

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Belle Mansfield Update: This is located near the corner of North Broad and North Broadway.

Belle Mansfield Full Statue Belle Mansfield Full Statue

Here is the the full image of Belle Mansfield. It’s in the center of the green space at the college. They didn’t provide a place for people to pull over and park so that you could easily visit it.  There are all different panels in the cement around the statue so you can read the whole story. Thanks to my Mom who kindly drove around the block while I took these photos. I must say although the directions are nonexistent, everyone we asked in town knew about it and directed us to them.

Belle Mansfield 2 Belle Mansfield Close Up

I would like to see a statue like this to Laura Ingalls Wilder somewhere. It’s really a very nice statue.

Find the whole story in previous posts and links gathered here.

UPDATED September…

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Mentions July 2018

Pioneer in the Kitchen With Laura
Pioneer in the Kitchen With Laura

The mentions that Sarah Uthoff and Trundlebed Tales got during the month of July 2018. I was quoted in an article about the Wilder Medal. I wrote for an article for a living history journal.

Grace, Erin. “Grace: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ Books Create Big
Responsibilities for Parents, Teachers.” Omaha World-Herald, 17 July 2018. https://www.omaha.com/columnists/grace/grace-laura-ingalls-wilder-s-little-house-books-create-big/article_88c69fa2-c6c1-563a-a3a5-567b7b069df0.html

Uthoff, Sarah. “Museum Evaluation and Fromative Assessment.” ALHFAM Bulletin, 47.3. (Fall 2017): 13-15.
NOTE: ALHFAM stands for Association of Living History Farms and Museums, a professional international organization for people who do living history. They had a problem with a switch in editors and so this edition actually came out in July 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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Kitty in a Corner

White and Gray Kitten in grass
My Little White Kitten

One of my favorite games they play in the “Little House” books is Kitty in a Corner. Basically this is a safe on base type game where you have 1 less bases than you have people, everyone has to run, and see who gets left out. However, it’s got a fun name that I think boosts the fun a bit.

In fact when I saw this post on Merriam-Webster about kitty corner Ma’s game was the first thing I thought of.

However, the article actually traces back English borrowing the word catre from French. At the time French was using it as a word for 4 (as in counting), but in English it was specialized to refer to 4 of something in a game or a game that used 4 of something. You can see four of something as an X and it found a happy niche meaning at angles with something. Read more about it at the Merriam-Webster link above.

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 Urban Legends

Remember to look out for urban legends.

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Bubbler jug and other drink and lunch buckets Bubbler jug and other drink and lunch buckets

I recently stopped at one-room school museum that I had never been at before. There it was, my old nemisis “Rules for Teachers 1872” staring up at me. If you haven’t run across this old chesnut before or its sibling the “Eighth Grade Exam of 1895” count yourself very lucky. Here’s the links to information about them:

   
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1895exam.asp?print=y
http://www.snopes.com/language/document/1872rule.asp?print=y

I have known people for years who’ve tried to find one instance of either of these being used in an actual school and if anyone has one I would be most glad to see it. However, even if they were proved to be used in some school, some time, they still are an ill fit for most of the school museums that proudly display them. Please DON’T pass them on.

UPDATED July 21 2018: I spend a lot of time trying to…

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