What’s in a Name Trundlebed Tales

What’s in a name?

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cropped-img_3532-1.jpgAccording to a list in the Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Rose Wilder Lane Papers at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, the following were all possibilities in contention for being the title of the book ultimately published as Little House in the Big Woods. I had always enjoyed thinking about this list of names and although I think they definitely chose the right title for the book, I was always partial the last option on the list.

Little Pioneer Girl

Long Ago Yesterday

Little Girl in the Big Woods

Long Ago in the Big Woods

Laura in the Big Woods

The Day Before Yesterday

Little Girl of Yesterday

Little Girl of the Wild West

Trundle-bed Tales

When it came time to name my speaking services, I definitely wanted to avoid any direct connection with “Little House” which is a legally complicated trademark.  Several other options I might have considered were already…

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June 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

June is the start of summer and that’s when events at the homesites spring into full gear. Besides our normal events we have a few one-offs this year including a very unique fundraiser at Mansfield and a piece of unsettling news.

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 9, 2018 10am-4pm

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  June 22-24, 2018

Spring Valley MN

Annual Ice Cream Social – June 15, 2018

Mansfield MO

Justamere Club Painting Event: This is a plein air event (painting in the open air) for a $60.00 ticket you’ll get: all of the needed painting supplies, a guided painting session, tours of the Homes and Museum, refreshments and a guided conservation activity. This Event is limited to the first 30 tickets sold. Your tickets may be purchased  online  or by calling 417-924-3626.

Vinton IA

Tours are still available, but events are in doubt due to uncertainty of the future of the building. If you really want to visit do it before June 1, 2018.

American Writers Museum – Chicago, Illinois

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page Exhibit from November 18, 2017 – Spring 2018

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.

Student Contracts

Student contracts can help students and teachers.

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The last one in my series of education articles:

In the past, education has been too much about a “sage on the stage,” a teacher being the source of all wisdom and lecturing the class. Today, many teachers rather seek to be a “guide on the side,” helping students to have a more active role in their learning. One way this is being expressed is in student contracts also known as learning contracts. A student contract is a written agreement between a teacher and a student where the learner agrees to complete tasks in a set amount of time on his or her own.

Student contracts are beneficial to students because the contract allows recognition of how students learn in different ways, at different speeds, and with different levels of interest. This is especially important today as the student population is likely to be more diverse than ever. Student contracts…

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8 Minutes 30 Seconds

What do you do with your 8 minutes and 30 seconds?

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Here’s the second in my series of articles related to gifted education:

Jason Ryan Dorsey is a motivational speaker with a focus on helping teenagers and adults communicate better. One of his main points is that the average child in America spends only 8 minutes and 30 seconds a day in meaningful conversation with a parent. That isn’t much time to make a lasting impression.

What Should You Do With Your Kids?

So what should you do with that time, even if you can’t increase it? One of the key factors to a person’s success is to have someone who believes in them and is willing to spend time with them. Let your child know you value and believe in them. Being smart isn’t enough, you need to have your own goals. Help your child figure out what dreams they have and tie them to goals that are attainable in…

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Great Article from Prologue

Checking out a great classic article on Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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The National Archive produces its own magazine/journal with articles focusing on research done using items in the National Archives. I recently discovered that a really good article is available from them full text on the web. Although the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library is part of this system, the article really looks at other federal government records (land management, census, weather, etc.) and what they can tell us about the Ingalls and Wilder families and where and how they lived.

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2003/winter/little-town-in-nara-1.html

NOTE: Click on the print page button at the top of the article to print. It’s much more printer friendly and still has all the photos. The article is divided into two parts, make sure you get both.

UPDATED June 2 2018: I added my current signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times…

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Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI wanted to share how we celebrate Memorial Day and remember those who served.

See more of the Oakland Avenue of Flags in Solon, Iowa.

UPDATED May 26 2018: I embedded the second video, added my current signature block and a photo.

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+

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National One-Room School Association Conference 2018

Every year the Country School Association of America holds a national conference on one and two room schools. The annual meetings alternate between a location somewhere in the Midwest and some other part of the country. This  year is the Midwest’s turn.

The conference will be June 17-20, 2018 in Beatrice, Nebraska.

A National Parks style poster for Homestead National Monument

Beatrice, Home of the Homestead

I’ve been really looking forward to the conference coming to Beatrice for a long time. Visiting the national park has long been on my life goals list. Beatrice is the home of the Homestead National Monument. Beatrice was chosen because it was the location of first file homestead claim. “…Daniel Freeman filed his claim 10 minutes after midnight at the Land Office in Brownville, NE on January 1, 1863, the first day the Homestead Act went into effect.” If you are a regular reader, you’ll remember I talked about the Homestead National Monument when an image of its main buildings was chosen for the Nebraska national park quarter.

Information about the 2018 conference

Country School Association Conference

The Country School Association brings together museum volunteers, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians, re-enactors and interested 26872059citizen, to exchange ideas and resources.  It’s a very welcoming place. Whether you have memories of one-room schools, have researched them, teach in a real or museum one-room school, or are just interested in them, this is a great event.

Early Registration is Almost Up!

So, tempus fugit, NOW is the time to make the jump and REGISTER for the national one-room school conference!

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.