Book – To the Flag by Richard J. Ellis

Revisiting To the Flag.

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Cover of To the Flag by Richard J. EllisThis book is the story of the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s a very interesting story. How the Pledge developed slowly into its final form, its rise and fall with in schools, and how the physical salute changed over the decades is covered in detail. The story of the history surrounding the pledge is even interesting.has For example, it seems that one of its best known historians was also a plagiarist. The analysis of the early history is the best part and presented in a fairly even handed way. Ellis has his own modern political point of view and the closer it comes to the present time, the less even handed his approach becomes. It’s still a very interesting book for anyone with an interest in the Pledge or the history of education. I’d recommend any one involved in one-room school history read at least the first 2/3rds of the book.

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First Post

I’ve been off-line for over a week at Disney, so since it’s so close to my blogging anniversary, I thought it would be a great time to reshare my very first blog post.

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Welcome to My First Post. I must say that I’m inspired by the wonderful blog (The Editor’s Notebook) that Sandra Oliver keeps on http://www.foodhistorynews.com and borrowed the idea of my name from her. I hope to use this for updating information and new discoveries. I’m going to aim for updating once a week, but I have several pieces of news saved up and it will probably be a few more than that at first.

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Quote: “I didn’t know you had really…”

Revisiting a great quote!

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Sarah on library staircase

Today’s quote comes from Rex Stout’s Some Buried Caesar. I started reading Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe books because Bertie Wooster in P.D. Wodehouse’s novels did and I’m so glad I did. They are ripping good detective stories as Bertie might say. Anyway I was re-reading the book and this one quote really spoke to me. One of the characters is addressing Wolfe and I hope that the same quote can be said about me. It’s at the end of chapter 8, my edition has it on page 106.

“I didn’t know you had really earned your reputation, so many people haven’t, but I see now you have.”

UPDATED January 1 2019: I added my current signature block and added 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…

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Top 30 Most Viewed Posts During 2018

Stuffed Brindle Bulldog
Ingalls Homestead Stuffed Jack

These are the most visited blog posts during 2018. I hope that you will check out a few and find some you like and even some worth passing on.

Top 30 Most Viewed Posts

ALA Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Renamed

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Come On the Way Home With Me

Visit the Original Wilder Medal

Dean Butler on Almanzo Wilder Farmstead Site

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

Wilder Pageant Production Rescheduled

Iowa City Park Zoo

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events During 2018

Floods Continue in SW Minnesota

Walnut Grove Pageant Works Towards Recovery

Walnut Grove TV Show Reunion Date Set!

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Happy Anniversary to Laura and Almanzo

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2018 Events

August 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2018

Iowa Genealogical Society to Hold Fall Conference

In the Kitchen With Laura Supper vs Dinner

One-Room School Urban Legends

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder First Book Now TV Show

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

The Long Winter on Wisconsin Public Radio

News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

T-Shirt of the Month January 2018

Pageant Travel Advice

What comes next?

Drone Crash at Little House on the Prairie Museum Site

What’s in a Name Trundlebed Tales

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

 

Top 10 Posts During December 2018

Rose Wilder Lane Birth Historic Marker - October 2018
Rose Wilder Lane Birth Historic Marker – October 2018

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.

And a comment on this sign. When I had been away from DeSmet for awhile, I thought the red splot on my historic marker shot was a red burn on the film since that happens on 70s/80s photos, but I was wrong. It’s actually on the sign. I’m not sure what process they used when they created these makers for the South Dakota State Historical Society, but whatever it is they had an issue. It’s not just this sign that has a big red spot, it’s all their markers from this time.

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

The Long Winter on Wisconsin Public Radio

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

In the Kitchen With Laura Update 2018

Smile You Can Donate To Laura on Amazon Nov 2017

AirBnb in Walnut Grove and Other Lodging

25 Laura Days of Christmas

Pepin Old Fashioned Photos

Christmas Crafts

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 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.

Blythe be your Yule!

Blythe be your yule!

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Sarah by Bonnet Tree Sarah by the Hats and Bonnets Tree

A card sent in December of 1909 in Pennsylvannia offered the unusual greeting “Blythe be your Yule.” This was recently shared on the ALHFAM listserv. It sung out to me in the spirit of Anne Shirley after she married Gilbert Blythe, as she said “Blythe in name and Blythe in spirit!” Try this greeting yourself!

UPDATED December 27 2018: I added a photo from the Hoover Presidential Library Museum and 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 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…

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Christmas Crafts

Revisiting some Christmas crafts.

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Christmas Poinsetta Christmas Poinsetta

I’ve been thinking a lot about the celebration of Christmas this year. My grandmother Hazel Jones Uthoff made us many  ornaments. She was quite the women’s club member in the 1970s and made just about every kind of craft imaginable. I especially remember her applehead dolls with old dish soap bodies. Every year she would make a different ornament for family and friends. My mother pulled ornaments out of a deeper part of the Christmas drawer this year, so in addition to our favorites we have every year we had a few different ones. I thought as we are putting away the Christmas ornaments for another year, you might like to see some of her handiwork.

Snowman Ornament Snowman Ornament

Poodle Poodle

UPDATED December 22 2018: I enlarged the photos and added my signature block.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five…

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