Top 10 Posts During July 2017

Dean Butler Drove the Wagon
Dean Butler Drove the Wagon

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. :)

Laura and the Butter Cow

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 1 July 13

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 2 July 14

De Smet Event 2017

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 1 July 14

July 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

T-Shirt of the Month July 2017

T-Shirt of the Month June 2017

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 3 July 14

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Ozark Watch Mansfield Pageant

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.

August 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August is a quieter month than July, but there are still plenty of events to choose from.

Wagon Ride at Pageant
Wagon Ride at Pageant

De Smet SD

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

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

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

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

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!

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, previously this event was held on Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on. This will be changing in future.

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.

 

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.

August 2017 Presentations

Sarah in Roland, Iowa
Sarah in Roland, Iowa

August is still summer and that means interest in Laura is still high. I have two programs scheduled for August with two great libraries I’ve visited before. Will you be there?

  • Newton Public Library – Newton, IA – General Laura Program – August 3, 2017 – 6:00 pm
  • Marshalltown Public Library – Marshalltown, Iowa- Packing UpSaturday, August 19, 2017 – 2:00 PM

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

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 3 Part 1 July 15

Picking up from the end of Day 2.

Doug Hansen and wagon
Doug Hansen and wagon

I skipped the morning presentations and used the time to go out to the Ingalls Homestead. I love spending time out there. I didn’t get out of the visitor center before I found a shareworthy photo. Surfer Dude ponies.

Surfer dude horses. Ingalls Homestead #DeSmetevent

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There were lots of kids having a great time.

Fun at #ingallshomestead #DeSmetevent

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There was a darling colt running free.

Runaway colt #ingallshomestead #DeSmetevent

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I explored the Ingalls Homestead buildings. This is in the barn hayloft.

Did you know there is a stage coach in the barn haymow? #ingallshomestead #DeSmetevent

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My absolute favorite thing to is to ride out on the wagon and sit on the wagon out by the schoolhouse.

Sitting at school in wagon favorite at #ingallshomestead

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Back to town for more speeches.

Tessa Flak, director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in De Smet, introduced the speakers.

Tessa introducing Hansen Wagon shop #DeSmetevent

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One special event was they had Doug Hansen who is an expert wagon builder and restorer explain about the museum’s newly acquired 1880s-1890s farm wagon. He said it was in very good barn find condition and it only took a couple of new pieces to restore it to a working wagon “that could take you to California right now.” He pointed out how it was a working farm wagon and the ways you could convert it into different tools as needed. You could add or take off sideboards to change the size of the wagon or pull the box all together to use it as a lumber or log wagon. He also pointed out how some car parts still take their names from the parts of wagons. One of the most interesting things was that they needed to constantly grease the axles because they didn’t have any bearings. Wagons may seem like they were just thrown together, but they went through as complete engineering process as cars go through today down to what types of wood worked the best for which parts of the wagon.

Doug Hansen talking about learning about wagon

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Doug Hansen master wagon restorer #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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I took some time to check out the other things going on around the park. I got a fresh squeezed lemonade and checked out their crafts including making a corncob doll starting with shelling the corn.

Start corn cob doll by shelling corn! Great idea! #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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There was a representative from the South Dakota School for the Blind helping with Braille activities AND with a display about New York Point because she knew that’s REALLY what Mary would have learned. So many points for them. (New York Point was a raised dot system that developed in America about the time Braille was developed in France. There was a fight over which to use. Learn more in this episode.)

SD school for the Blind in site & smart enough to know Mary learned New York Point #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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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.

 

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

A big Laura Ingalls Wilder conference was held by the South Dakota State Society History Conference April 28 – 29, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There was a lot of excitement when TPTB announced they were going to be offering DVDs of the proceedings. I haven’t done my full report on the conference yet — I’ve been waiting to rewatch on the DVDs first — but I did interview Nancy Koupal about it.

John E. Miller
John E. Miller

DVDs of Conference Available

Full information about the DVDs was coming later AND it’s finally later. Whether you attended in person or not, you can purchase a set of the DVDs of the full conference.

The cost is $50 for the full set, plus $5 for shipping, and it includes 7 DVDs that cover the entire conference.

You may pay by check, please make it to SD Historical Society Conference, or credit card by calling (605) 773-6009.

Mail checks to:
Jennifer E. McIntyre
Marketing Director
Associate Editor
South Dakota Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

What’s On It?

Find out more information about the conference. It has the full presentations of all speakers. The speakers were the people who had been selected to submit essays for Pioneer Girl Perspectives which was released at the conference.

Featured Speakers

William Anderson, an award-winning historian and author, has written extensively on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House novels. Hear his podcast episode.

Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America’s two-volume edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.

Michael Patrick Hearn, a scholar of American literature, is one of the country’s leading specialists in children’s literature and its illustrators.

Nancy Tystad Koupal is director and editor-in-chief of the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Hear her podcast episode.

Elizabeth Jameson has conducted in-depth studies into the history of women in the West, including the pioneer narratives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.

Sallie Ketcham is the author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie, which is a part of the Routledge Historical Americans series.

Amy Lauters is the author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, which explores Lane’s literary and journalistic career.

John E. Miller has published three books on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, career, and place as a Midwestern woman. Hear his podcast episode.

Paula M. Nelson has written extensively on rural women’s history and the agricultural settlement of the Great Plains.

Ann Romines won the Children’s Literature Association’s award for best scholarly book on children’s literature for Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Noel Silverman has worked with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy for over forty-five years and as counsel to the Little House Heritage Trust since its inception.

Upcoming Post

Once I’ve had a chance to watch it again look for my full report on the conference.

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.

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 3 July 14

We continue with Day 2 Part 3. See Part 1 and Part 2

Bill Anderson 2017
William T. Anderson

We pick up during the second Bill Anderson and Nancy Koupal presentation. This program and Alison and Dean’s were repeated with a different focus, so they each spoke two times each day.

Yay Bill's on again #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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Bill talked about how the organization got started, what were some of the early projects, who was initially involved, and his own role.

This time Nancy focused on her work with the Pioneer Girl project. She specifically focused on what she has learned and what she has continued to learn as she works with the project. She told her story about finding Ma and Pa’s photos which I LOVE! Then she told about getting to see and handle the original tablets of Pioneer Girl in Mansfield, Missouri.

Now more Nancy Koupal #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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I paused walking back to show how De Smet grass looks in July.

See why I was so excited to see green grass when I came in April? #Lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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Next it was time to head out to the pageant grounds. Admission is now $15.00. I recommend bringing a lawn chair if possible. The lawn chairs are supposed to go halfway between the benches so someone can sit behind you if they want. This was the first year I saw people confused by the system and two whole rows that jammed their lawn chair right up against the bench effectively taking up two spaces by making the one behind them unusable which was especially bad because attendance was high both days during the event.

Don't know if you can tell from photo but think biggest crowd I've seen here #desmetpageant

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The coolest thing was that the pre-show began with Dean Butler driving a real wagon and team onto the stage. He was joined by Cork Poppen who played Almanzo for 30 years during the run of the pageant and Broden Lesch who is this year’s Almanzo. A cheer of excitement rose when people realized who was driving.

Dean Butler DROVE team &wagon on to the set #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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I really have to say this is the best De Smet pageant in 2 or 3 years. Pa and Laura both gave really solid performances, but the Nellie Oleson was great, but Baby Grace stole every scene she was in.

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I really liked how they did the crows with flying crows on sticks which fit in well with the fact they were supposed to be beating the crows off.

Really clever blackbirds on poles while they knock "off" with poles. #DeSmetevent #desmetpageant.

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Another really great part was when Mary said she desperately wanted to go to Iowa, to which we say “natch.” Everyone wants to come visit Iowa — or should.

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A few years ago the highlight of the pageant was because the romance between Laura and Almanzo played the best I’ve ever seen it done (there were other issues, but THAT was incredible). This year the relationship between Mary and Laura was the best I’ve seen portrayed. You really felt a sisterly bond between them and it really sold why Laura was willing to do things she didn’t want to do in order to help, not just the family in general, but Mary in particular.

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There was also a lot of really good comic relief this year.

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Another really great thing was that they did a lot with live horses this year. Normally they leave most of that to Walnut Grove, but live horses were in multiple scenes throughout the pageant including reenacting Almanzo’s buggy race win with two horses and wagons where one pulls ahead.

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They did the July 4th scene complete with lemonade.

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I’m still not sure why this spontaneously happened. Normally you only stand for the national anthem. I don’t know if people were mistaken about what song it was, were just feeling especially patriotic, or what?

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I was also really surprised about the weather. My classic pageant advice was to bring sweatpants and a sweatshirt to pull on for later. After sweating to death the last couple of pageants, I had stopped following that advice. Apparently those were the exceptions, I wanted and didn’t have sweats that night.

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They had Miss Wilder use the “Birds in their little nests agree” poem. I love its use in Laddie.

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Of course, they said Almanzo wrong. — But that’s all right Almanzo got Laura’s name wrong in one scene he called her Miss Wilder several times.

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After that I went back to the hotel. Alison and Dean had stuck around and watched the pageant from the back and took some photos with the pageant cast afterwards, but I had left before that. Catch you tomorrow!

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.

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 2 July 14

We continue on during Day 2.

Next was the joint presentation by Bill Anderson and Nancy Koupal. A technical error meant I got to pinch hit and introduce them. They were reading letters from Bill’s book Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Then they answered questions. Both Bill and Nancy have been interviewed this year. Nancy told my favorite homesite story both on the podcast and that day.

Nancy Koupal and William T. Anderson

Bill pointed out how the story he was telling took place in that very school, right there and pointed across the road. It really renewed my thrill at being RIGHT THERE.

Bill got me all excited about 1st school again #lauraingallswilder. #desmetevent @discover_laura

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After that there was a break for lunch and then Paul introduced Dean and Alison again.

Paul V introducing Dean & Alison #lauraingallswilder #littlehouseontheprarie #DeSmetevent

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Dean once again spoke. It was based on questions from the audience and while there was some reputation from this morning, there were also different questions. Dean reports even his wife has said, “If only I could meet a man like Almanzo.”

Even my wife says she wants to meet a guy like Almanzo #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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The crowd once again spilled out of the tent.

This time it was Dean’s turn to go first and Alison followed. One of the most interesting things Alison shares about is the French people’s obsession with the Little House on the Prairie TV show. The interest is so great that Alison has learned enough French that she can do a version of her one-woman show in French. She talks about how “chopping wood like Charles Ingalls” is a phrase used for working hard and how falling down in wildflowers like Baby Carrie is a thing in France.

@alisonarngrim @Arngrim on stage talking about France obsession for #littlehouseontheprarie

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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.