Mary Kopsieker RIP

Mary Making a Corncob Doll
Mary Making a Corncob Doll

I’m sorry to announce belatedly that Mary Kopsieker has passed on. We normally got in contact when there was a Laura event. I was a little surprised she didn’t contact me or show up for Bill Anderson’s talk at Hoover this last Labor Day or respond to my e-mail about it, but I was busy around then so I didn’t think too much about it. I just sent postcard Christmas cards in 2015 because we were busy with our Disney trip so I also didn’t really think it was that important that I didn’t get a Christmas card back which I normally did and postcards aren’t returned if the address is wrong. So I was kind of shocked when I got my Christmas card returned this year and when I searched for her online I found her obituary and discovered that she had passed away August 4, 2015.

http://ottumwaradio.com/mary-kopsieker/

Continued Laura Connection

Mary had been an early visitor to the homesites, going with a friend, and had lots of stories to tell of those early days. One great story was that she had gone to DeSmet for one of the anniversaries and told about taking a tour of the town riding via a hay ride (square bales on a hay wagon). After that friend passed on she didn’t really feel comfortable traveling all that way by car alone so she didn’t go for some time.

She did come with me to the original De Smet event in 2005 and went on the 2007 tour Burr Oak organized to Malone. You might have met her there. She co-presented with me at the Laura themed Hawkeye Doll Club workshop in 2008. My post about that continues to be one of most visited blog posts.  She’s also the one that visited the What Cheer Opera House with me when we were planning the doll club workshop. She attended pretty much every Laura event within a reasonable drive and still presented on Laura at her local school and libraries.

Mary by Memorial
Mary by Memorial

Still Active

She was an avid flutist and continued to travel to the national flute convention each year (by plane which she felt much more comfortable traveling on her own). Since she was still traveling extensively and very active it was quite a shock to find that she had suddenly passed away.

mary-in-pink

Terrible Reminder

This is also a reminder for all Laura collectors that you need to make arrangements for your collection officially in your will or go ahead and pass it along as you get older. Her Laura collection didn’t go where she had always said she was going to leave it and my guess is – since her family didn’t care anything about Laura – that it got pitched or was included in her estate auction which probably also lead to most of it being pitched. So don’t let all the work you put in gathering your Laura collection go to waste. Tell your family where you want it to go with contact information and spell it out in your will – I have.

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.

February 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

February tends to be bad time for Laura Ingalls Wilder events since in the northern part of the country tends to have event cancelling weather, but many people buck the weather and try anyway for local events. (Would it have killed Laura to be born in May? LOL) Here are the ones on my radar.

Bill and Me 2015

Pepin WI

150th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday – February 4-5, 2017 – an event in Pepin, Wisconsin in honor of Laura’s 150th birthday – Details coming later, but will include activities at the replica birthplace cabin.

Burr Oak IA

Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction and 150th Celebration – February 17, 2017 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Ushers Ferry Historic Village – Cedar Rapids IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Tickets Required. (Scroll down on page to find tickets)

Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Saturday, February 4, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
http://www1.youseemore.com/pomona

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

150th Birthday Party at Old World Wisconsin– February 4, 2017  10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm More information –Preregistration is required.

National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum had quit their annual Laura party a few years back so thanks to Beyond Little House for giving me a heads up for this one.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday Program – February 25, 2017 10am – 1pm

Books

New HarperCollins edition out Feb. 7, 2017 – 1st three “Little House” books, also available as single titles “Return to the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic series with this gorgeous box set, which includes hardcover, unjacketed editions of the first three Little House novels—all featuring new, iconic cover art, special forewords, and no interior art.”

NOTE: The Little House on the Prairie website uses a more extensive definition of events then I do. So check them out.

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.

Top 10 Posts of January 2017

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Sarah on Music Man Porch
Sarah on Music Man Porch
Favorite Purchase
T-Shirt of the Month January 2017
Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Favorite Purchase
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017
Where did Albert come from?
Spring Valley Events 2017

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.

Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference

After my experience last year, I was very excited to hear that the South Dakota State Historical Society’s 2017 conference theme was going to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Location

They took the unusual step of moving the conference from the normal conference locations to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in order to help encourage and accommodate a better than normal attendance and I think they are already feeling that increase.

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April

Registration Open

I’m going to repeat a lot of this post from my last update, but the big news is that registration is now open! OK it’s been open for a bit now, but I was waiting to promote it until I got registered and now I am, so it’s time for you to register too.

Remember that not all the links on the right side of the registration page are live, so scroll down and click on the links at the bottom of the page.

You can register for full conference, single days, and small events such as luncheons if you are traveling with someone not interested in the conference.

Current rates are good until March 31st. April 1st rates increase.

Speakers

The schedule now includes speakers. I’m glad to see there will be a lot of panels this time.

Lodging

The short story is that you can check in for the conference on Thursday (April 27) evening (last year they had a separately ticketed fund raiser that night), sessions all day Friday (April 28) (lunch included, supper not) and Saturday (April 29) until 3:30pm (again lunch included, supper not). So plan your hotel reservations accordingly.

Conference Hotel Information:
The Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre is the conference headquarters.

Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre
100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 339-2000

Rooms have been reserved under the South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference and they must be booked by 28 March 2017 to receive the reduced conference discount.

Additional Lodging Details:

Other hotels in the Sioux Falls downtown area include:

Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown
201 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 444-4700

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
200 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 373-0153

The conference site hotel said that they had a block with both rooms with 2 queen beds and rooms with a king with a pull out couch, either for $104.00 a night. That was via the hotel registration desk. I didn’t call the two satellite hotels to ask about their blocks. If you haven’t attended a hotel conference, I will say that I always try to stay at the main conference hotel if possible. I find that the convenience is worth any extra cash.

To De Smet and Beyond

Sioux Falls is the location of an international airport and one that is frequently used to fly into Laura country so that should make it a convenient location. If you want to include a trip to De Smet and get green grass photos (remembering that sites will not be fully open), De Smet is 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Walnut Grove is 2 hours away. That might effect your reservations as well.

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017

It’s not always easy to find out about what’s going on for Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country. I finally decided that current information is probably best posted on a month by month basis so for current information search this site for the name of the month you are looking for and the word event (for example October 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events).

Let me know if I’m missing any. Most of these events are annual, but check with the group hosting the event for exact dates for following years.

Watch for updates information on my events page.

Listen to the podcast walking you through the year.

Masters Hotel Burr Oak IA
Masters Hotel Burr Oak IA

 

Pepin WI

150th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday – February 4-5, 2017 – an event in Pepin, Wisconsin in honor of Laura’s 150th birthday – Details coming later, but will include activities at the replica birthplace cabin.

Laura Days – September 9-10, 2017

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 10, 2017

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 14-15, 2017
  • July 21-22, 2017
  • July 28-29, 2017

It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Pageant! Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 15, July 22, and July 29, 2017

11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer. At this point, no speakers or celebrity appearances are scheduled.

Pepin Cabin
Pepin Cabin

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction and 150th Celebration – February 17, 2017 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church) – May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 23-25, 2017 – This will be the 40th Anniversary of the event

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale October 2017 – Date TBA – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Birthday Parties can be scheduled by any group at any time.

De Smet SD

July 14-16 2017 – an event in De Smet, South Dakota in honor of Laura’s 150th anniversary – Details coming later

Little Town on the Prairie

  • July 7, 8, 9, 2017
  • July 14, 15, 16 2017
  • July 21, 22, 23 2017

Pageant Selection for 2018 – These Happy Golden Years

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 11, 12, 13, 2017

The Memorial Society in De Smet staunchly held for years that when you pay a subscription for Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore it was only a subscription and it was completely separate from the museum. Now the museum has a new membership program. They are honoring current subscriptions to Lore until they expire, but it doesn’t include the varying levels and member benefits. Current lifetime memberships will be honored, but it will no longer be an option to get new ones. An article appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lore with a fuller explanation of the membership program.

behind the barns

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Almanzo 100 Gravel Road Bike Race – May 20, 2017

Annual Ice Cream Social – June 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Eliza Jane School Days – July 24-25 & 27-28, 2017

Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-20, 2017

Christmas teas – Dec. 2-3. 2017 (reservations required)

Mansfield MO

At this point no dates schedules yet there has been some changes in administration this last year.

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Dates for pageant not yet announced

Wilder Days: September 15,16, & 17, 2017

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Annual Board Meeting where any member may attend Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9:00am Malone Lodge of the Elks, Elm Street Malone RSVP by farm@almanzowilderfarm.com or 518-483-1207.

July 22, 2017 Children’s Art Gala

  • Children’s art on display, along with students’ essays. Award ceremony and the announcement of Honorary Laura and Almanzo
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food

Entertainment & more!

Aug. 26, 2017— Annual Cultural Festival – Native American Festival!

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

Sept. 23, 2017 Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment

  • Civil War living history encampment and
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
  • 8th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
  • Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce

Sept. 24 Open extended Sunday hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Civil War re-enactors living history encampment and one skirmish. Regu- lar admission and guided tours available. Last tour at 3pm.

Last day of regular season is Sunday, Oct. 1st.

Private tours by appointment through October

Dec. 2, 2017 Christmas with Almanzo  children’s  craft activities,

Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

ALL EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant – August 4, 5, and 6, 2017. The 6th will be a Sunday Maintee.

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on.

South Dakota State Historical Society – Sioux Falls SD

April 28-29, 2017 – South Dakota State Historical Conference – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Ushers Ferry Historic Village – Cedar Rapids IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Tickets Required. (Scroll down on page to find tickets)

American Printing House for the Blind – Louisville, Kentucky

January 7, 2017 – Mary Ingalls Birthday Party

Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Saturday, February 4, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
http://www1.youseemore.com/pomona

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

150th Birthday Party at Old World Wisconsin– February 4, 2017  10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm More information – Preregistration is required.

World of Little House – July 22, 2017 to July 30, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Watch their website for more information.

 

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

Laura Ingalls Wilder Event August 12 & 13, 2017 10:00 am – 4:30 pm– Watch their website for more details.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  – August 5-6, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Watch for their page to be updated with 2017 information

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Hoover’s Hometown Days – August 5, 2017 1:30 pm Christine Woodside of Libertarians on the Prairie and David Davenport of Rugged Individualism to talk about their respective books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – September 4, 2017
No details yet, but they plan on having their usual temporary Wilder display up a little longer than usual.

Colt on Ingalls Homestead
Colt on Ingalls Homestead

National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum had quit their annual Laura party a few years back so thanks to Beyond Little House for giving me a heads up for this one.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday Program – February 25, 2017 10am – 1pm

Conferences

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
April 28 – 29, 2017| Sioux Falls, South Dakota

LauraPalooza July 12–14, 2017

Books

Last Updated: January 31, 2017
By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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.

Spring Valley Events 2017

church-museum

The Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum – A Laura Ingalls Wilder site is located in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Spring Valley is where Mother and Father Wilder moved when sold their farm and left Malone, New York not too long after Farmer Boy ends. They moved to Spring Valley after purchasing Angeline Wilder’s uncle’s farm. Laura and Almanzo stayed with them between leaving De Smet, South Dakota and moving to Florida. The likely barn used by the Wilders still sits on the site and they would have attended this church. The museum is open daily starting on May 27, 2017. Besides the church their are two building. One is an agriculture/one-room school building and a second is a very lovely house museum. It’s worth your time to visit all three.

Spring Valley Museum events for 2017:

Almanzo 100 Gravel Road Bike Race – May 20,2017

Our Annual Ice Cream Social is June 16, 2017 5-7pm

Eliza Jane School Days is July 24-25 or 27-28, 2017

Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-20, 2017

After September 4, 2017 they close on weekdays, but remain open on weekends

They close for the season on Oct. 29, 2017

They have a holiday event – Christmas teas on Dec. 2-3, 2017 (reservations required)

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.

Almanzo Farmstead Events Malone 2017

Check out the events at the Almanzo Wilder farm in Malone/Burke, New York in 2017. The Almanzo Wilder farm is located between Malone and Burke, New York and is the setting of Farmer Boy. They were late getting started as a museum, but did a wonderful job in getting started including a two season archeological dig. They are well worth a visit.

events-2017

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.