Livestock Care in Museums

Animals play an important part in museums, but not without careful thought. Check out the living history guidelines.

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Recently a dedicated group of ALHFAM members, primarily from the Farm Professional Interest Group, took the time to develop and/or revise three documents relating to the use of livestock in museum settings.

They are:

Position statement on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings (2016)

Adopted by the board in 2016, this document clarifies ALHFAM’s official position on the use of livestock in museum settings

Livestock Care in Museums (2016)

A “guidance” document intended for individual site’s resource and risk assessment when developing livestock programs and management plans/policies.

Handling Public Concerns on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings (2016)

This document provides guidelines to help museums using livestock address and respond to public concerns regarding this practice

All documents are available via the links above or on the ALHFAM website.

Many thanks to Deb Arenz, Jon Kuester…

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Black Squirrels

Looking for the black squirrels.

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One of my favorite stops in Council Bluffs was the recently redone Bayliss Park. Bayliss Park is surrounded by Railroad sites and businesses that used to do business with the railroad. The official Union Pacific Museum is housed in the former Carnegie Library Building which runs along one side of the park. This Union Pacific Museum  is the most interesting railroad site today.

Council Bluffs is known for its famous black squirrels. It’s a color variation on the common fox squirrel.  Council Bluffs is so proud of its black squirrels there is a city ordinance protecting them from being bothered. I’ve included a photo of the real thing and the giant statues of black squirrels that surround the fountain in Bayliss Park.

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UPDATED February 17, 2017: I enlarge the photos and added links describing the squirrel “breed” and the city ordinance…

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Homestead Images on Quarter

You can still find the Homestead on a quarter.

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50 State Quarters

Do you remember a few years ago the U.S. Mint released a series of quarters, with a unique design for each one of the states? It became a craze, raising awareness of coin collecting and the mint and in general. My great-aunt collected a complete set from both the Denver and Philadelphia mints for each grandchild. (A sample of those of interest to Laura Ingalls Wilder fans were Vermont gathering maple syrup, the Braille on the Alabama Helen Keller design, and the Iowa one-room school.) IMG_0079

America the Beautiful Quarters

Buoyed by the success of the program the U.S. Mint launched others including the Westward Journey Nickels, the Lincoln Pennies, the Presidential Dollars, and the Native American Dollars. None of these has seemed to catch the same fire in the public’s imagination. The one they had the most hope for was…

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SHARE: Get Human on the Phone

A useful website.

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The following website was recommended to me as a way to get around being trapped in one automated menu after another when what you really need is to be able to talk to a real human being. I haven’t tried any of these out yet, because it hasn’t come up since I was given the site, but I wanted to pass it along anyway.

www.gethuman.com

UPDATED January 14 2017: I just tried again and the website is still up, running, and useful.

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…

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Favorite Purchase

Revisiting one of my favorite pieces from my merchandise collection. Please comment with one of your favorites.

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Loftus Suspenders Loftus Suspenders

During my programs, I often point out how dangerous Laura collections are. Once you get to a certain tipping point, it gets harder to justify to yourself why you shouldn’t buy that 9th version of a stuffed Jack. (OK, it gets to be impossible – trust me – it’s an addiction.) That brings me to the point of today’s blog entry. Of all the stuff I got this summer just because I couldn’t bear not to my absolute favorite was this little number from the Loftus Store. It’s miniature mounted suspenders on a cardboard cutout of Pa’s shirt representing the pair that Laura, Carrie, and Ma bought Pa for Christmas in the books. It’s just too cute for words.

1876 Suspenders 1876 Suspenders

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa has a pair of flowered suspenders from 1876.They are a good example of the kind of…

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Welcome to the 150th Anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birth Year

This is going to be a big year in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. It’s 150 years since 1867 – the year that Laura Ingalls Wilder was born. There are going to be events going on all year and right here is your best place to find out what’s going on.

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Happy New Year! Make the resolution to spend the year with 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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Electoral College and the National Archives

Revisiting an old post from the last Presidential Election about the Electoral College.

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UPDATED December 20, 2016: This is a post I originally posted last Presidential election. I thought it would be fitting to re-post it today. I edited it, removing the Electoral College Twitter handle which they seem to have deleted, adding headings, and my current signature block. I also some additional information about why it was established.

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Electoral College

In honor of election day, I wanted to post this about the Electoral College. The National Archives holds many interesting things including the records of the Electoral College.  You often hear about the Electoral College this time of year, but I think this is a fascinating look at what comes after all the hoopla and the media attention.

Response to YouTube Comment

I first found this about a month ago and someone had commented why can’t we have direct election of Presidents. Here is an edited version of my response.

Because Direct…

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