Wilder Program at Hoover

Revisiting Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll!

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Sarah as old Laura wearing velvet dress Sarah as Doll Laura at Pepin, Wisconsisn

UPDATED August 9 2019: Once again this year, I’ll be presenting at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum for their Labor Day weekend show. This year (2019) I’m doing a special version of A Long Way Home, but looking back this, Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll! was a pretty great one. You can still have me come and do it.

Wilder Program at Hoover: What a Doll!

This year’s program will connect with the special temporary exhibit now on display at Hoover, “Children in the White House: Caroline Kennedy’s Dolls.”

Dolls played a small part in Wilder’s books, but play an important roll in the fandom that has grown up around them. The program will cover both Wilder’s life and both the art dolls and commercially produced dolls. Among the dolls pictured will be a collection of Charlotte Replicas from 1966…

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Video Playlist Page Added

Screen Grab from my Video Playlists page

I’ve been doing a little tinkering with the blog, hopefully I’m going to be able to combine the website and the blog in the near future and I’m reorganizing updating and removing things leading up to that. One thing I’m trying to do is slim down the left hand options on the page which do tend to go on a long ways. With that in mind I’ve just taken down the two pages I had for video lists specifically for Laurapalloza trip videos.

I replaced the two previous pages with one page which not only links to posts with that same LauraPalloza information, but now lists links to all my other videos as well. I hope it will help you find more things to interest you. Most of the videos are pulled from my YouTube page which I’ve recently reawakened with new contact, but there are a couple links from my Vimeo channel as well. Take a look and go exploring among the Trundlebed Tales Videos.

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.

August 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

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It’s August and it’s the last harrah of summer with a few more events at the homesites.

De Smet SD

  • The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. –  August 9, 10, 11, 2019

Spring Valley MN

  • AG Days Town Celebration – August 15-18

Mansfield MO

  • August 2, 2019 7:00pm – Sunset Serenade with Pa’s Fiddle

Malone/Burke NY

  • Annual Cultural Festival– Fete du Quebecois – August 24, 2019

Celebrating the French Canadian heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!

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.

My 5 Most Viewed YouTube Videos 2019

Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel Header

I was working on another post and I came across this one from 2013. I thought it would be fun to revisit it. I’m kind of surprised, but not a lot has changed except view numbers have gone up. Some of these numbers are lower than they might be because I also cross post now on Vimeo.

You can find me on YouTube at Trundlebed Tales. According to the official YouTube channel counter I have 49 followers (come on, somebody make it a round 50, please?) and as of May 31, 2013, I had 19,345 total views of the videos I uploaded. In addition, a shortened version of my Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas program garnered views on the Herbert Hoover President Library and Museum YouTube Channel. (This link is to a playlist of all their Laura Ingalls Wilder related videos.)

I was kind of surprised how similar the video lists were. Number one and two swapped places. Only one new video was added and it bested two of the videos that were on the list last time (see number 4 below). I allowed the last two videos to be a tie since they were only 20 views apart.

1. Laura Ingalls Wilder FAQs

4,880 views (2013) => 37,542 views

2. Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (shortened version of the program presented by Sarah Uthoff)

9,584 views (2013) => 23,255 views

3. Shirley Knakmuhs Ringing Pa’s Bell

1,320 views (2013) => 7,162 views

4. Laura’s Lapdesk Reproductions

5,926 views (First time on list)

Tie 5. Cottonwoods Memorial Site De Smet SD

1,191 views (2013) => 3,041

Tie 5. Going Wading in Plum Creek 2009-2010

1,091 views (2013) => 3,021 views

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,  watchher 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.

Miniature Oxen

Be on the lookout for minature oxen! STAMPEDE!

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Ready for a Laura related laugh?

This great video from Old World Wisconsin shows the same “miniature” oxen (at least a later model of the same ones) that I use in my storytelling program.

Toy Oxen in Vinton

They are incredibly cute as this video shows and will make you feel like Almanzo breaking Star and Bright (don’t forget your training carrots, that must be why they didn’t do what they wanted sometimes in the video).

That said, The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is serious business and has rescued several breeds from the edge of extinction and works with groups like Old World Wisconsin to help keep a large enough breeding stock of these rare breeds. Visit their website to learn more:
http://www.albc-usa.org

UPDATED July 27, 2019: I added a link to the Old World Wisconsin’s website, a photo of my set of toy oxen, and my current signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a…

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In the Kitchen With Laura Project January 2014

I updated this to include a current link to the letter and my current signature block.

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Two of My Recipe Decoupages Two of My Recipe Decoupages

I think 2013 was a great year for programs. I really loved both new programs I rolled out this year, but I’m especially excited about In the Kitchen With Laura which blends Laura history with food history through hands on activities. I’ve decided to post a project a month in hopes that you will get excited about it too.

This month’s project has to do with recipes. Laura often included a recipe with her letters to fans whether they had requested a recipe or whether it just filled up some space. I’ve linked in an image of the first page of one such letter. The typed transcript of the entire letter including the gingerbread recipe is available on the Horn Book‘s website:
https://www.hbook.com/?detailStory=laura-ingalls-wilder-letter-to-jennie-d-lindquist-october-19-1953-vhe

Collecting handwritten copies of recipes has been a long lasting project for me. I started when I was in 4H when…

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Major Previous Appearances

 

Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman's Club
Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman’s Club

We just went live with a new page on the site. There is A LOT of stuff that could live on my About Page, too much for easy organization. Instead I’ve decided to create some pages to link to from there. I’ve already gone live with a selection of big articles about me, mostly those available online, under Press About Sarah. A couple of those articles will soon be pulled out on to a new page, tentatively called Cited In.

Today’s addition is Major Previous Appearances. I haven’t included a list of all the libraries and museums I’ve spoken at, although if you really want a recent list of those check my Schedule of Presentations posts from the last few years. These are presentations that I think may be of interest at large events, homesite towns, and conferences. If you have any questions please ask.

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.