Food History Conference in Ann Arbor

Remembering a great conference that still influences my work.

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For those who wondered what I was doing on that ferry, I was heading to Ann Arbor for the Second Biennial Symposium on American Culinary History: Regional and Ethnic Traditions. 

trading card 2014Conference website via Internet Archive

It started Friday morning with a trip to Zingerman’s Deli. A place not to be missed, and one I had been looking forward to getting to since my brother shot by it without stopping coming home from ALHFAM at Henry Ford a few years ago. They had a special tasting set up with different cheeses, olive oils, vinegars, etc. We were one of the first to arrive and were escorted upstairs by Ari Weinzweig himself. After that we braved the town’s parking ramp system, and finally found a place we were allowed to legally park. Luckily all of the U of Michigan students we asked for directions over the weekend were very nice and knew…

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Trundlebed Tales Joins Twitter

Revisiting joining Twitter. Have you joined the Twitter party yet?

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I signed up for Twitter and Facebook this week. Look for me there.

Here I am on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/Trundlebedtales

Join the group!

UPDATED April 14 2017: I thought it would be time to remind people I’m on Twitter. Also you can read the feed from the link above without having a Twitter account. I also added a photo showing my Twitter numbers and my current signature block.

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

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Tornado Weather

Revisiting tornado preparedness, as tornado season starts.

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The De Smet News this week has an article warning about tornadoes as the kick off to Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Although tornadoes can happen anywhere in the country, the Midwest is particularly susceptible. A tornado watch is when conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur.  A tornado warning is when an actual tornado has been spotted. Many small towns, like Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and De Smet, South Dakota, have sirens which alert the town to possible problems. These sirens go off in a pattern of starting and stopping for a fire and in 1 steady blast to warn of a tornado. Most of these towns also have the sirens go off at set times during the day (9am, noon, & 5pm are the most common times, with the noon whistle being by far the most common). These time sirens are a single blast, a few minutes, but then…

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St. Ansgar, Iowa and its Blue Belle Inn

Looking back at one of the bed and breakfasts with a Laura room.

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A Lovely Bed and Breakfast

Just approximately 25 miles from Austin, MN, St. Ansgar, Iowa is barely off the Laura Ingalls Wilder trail. While there wasn’t anything on my life list to cross of in St. Ansgar it is a very well preserved and still active little town. Its active main street (complete with antique shops and a soda fountain) and neighborhoods of big Victorian homes (still with the large trees lining the street), look much like the old photo postcards you see of DeSmet, SD.

While I was there, I stayed at the Blue Belle Inn, a bed and breakfast that also serves as a tearoom at lunch time. The outside is painted in the colors of the blue belle flowers (probably closer to the Virginia variety of blue belles which is what we grow at home rather than the Texas version). The rooms are decorated after classic children’s books…

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Pronouncing Names Correctly

Revisiting getting the names right.

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Everybody likes you to get their name right. (FYI you say the U in Uthoff, you don’t pronounce it.) Many people get hung up, saying Al-MON-zo, instead of Al-MAN-zo for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband. For a chance to hear authors say their own names. Look at this website that was recently recommended on LM_Net.

http://www.teachingbooks.net/pronunciations.cgi

UPDATED March 31 2017: All these years later and it’s still a very useful website. Look for your favorite author’s name recorded in their own voice. I fixed a typo, checked the link, and added my current signature block.

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…

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April 2017 Presentations

April is always a busy month for presentations and this year is no acception. Check and see if there is a program coming near you.

  • Clarksville Public Library – Clarksville, IA – Packing Up – Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 10:00 am
  • Clinton Women’s Club – Clinton, IA – In the Kitchen With Laura – Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 12:00pm
  • Roland Public Library – Roland, IA – A Day in a One-Room School – Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 11:00am
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, April 17, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • Des Moines Public Library, Central Branch – Des Moines, IA – In the Kitchen With Laura – April 18, 2017 6:30pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Not open to the public)

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

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 onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Melissa Wiley

Were you there at the Boston Commons?

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I always love stories about Laura events even those I didn’t get to go to.

A recent find in the Lexis-Nexis database is an article in the Boston Globe from May 26, 1999.  It spells out what happened on “Little House By Boston Bay Appreciation Day” on Boston Commons.

It also has an interesting description of “Little House” spin-off book author Melissa Wiley. “In a gingham dress and sunbonnet, with braids hanging down her back, she began each morning hauling pails of water a half mile down a dusty path from the museum office to the little sod house where she gave talks for school groups. She churned butter, gathered buffalo chips for the fire and baked bread in an iron cookstove.”

Isn’t that a great description? Were you there?

UPDATED March 24 2017: I added my signature block, added a couple of sentences, and italicized the quote.

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