Guiding Light Airs its Last Episode

I’m going to be attending a charity event next weekend that will have a “Guiding Light” theme. I’m really excited about it so in its honor here is a post I did when the venerable soap went off the air.

Sarah's Notebook

img_0092I haven’t been posting much lately and I apologize for that. I really am trying to get back into the regular habit and I have a number of drafts written. I just need to get them polished and posted so watch for more here soon. Today though I just had to share my thoughts about Guiding Light.

It’s cancellation has been covered by the New York Times and 60 Minutes. It’s been an everyday part of my life since I was born and I literally can’t wrap my mind around the concept that it is over. Thank heavens for Youtube where I’ve been happily watching the 1998 episodes as they are know being aired in some foreign country and at least I can watch the last 10 years over again.

I absolutely loved yesterday’s episode of Guiding Light. THAT’S what we should have been seeing for years…

View original post 360 more words

Advertisements

Beloit College List

What has always or never been for this group of college kids?

Sarah's Notebook

Ready to feel old? I still remember when I saw my first childhood toy in an antique store. This is just as bad. Take a look at this year’s list of prospective of college freshmen this year. I’ll also add that to them “Little House on the Prairie” has never been a first-run, release show.

http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2012.php

Updated September 23 2017: This is still depressing then realize there are 5 more years since then.

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…

View original post 38 more words

Photo Policy Change in De Smet

Sarah holding Little House book on the cement porch in front of Surveyor's House
Sarah Outside Surveyor’s House

Then You Couldn’t

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society has had a long standing policy of no photos inside the buildings. The Surveyor’s House, the Third Street House, and the Visitor Center/Museum were all no goes. It was strictly enforced. In fact, one time I got told not to take notes with a digital recorder. When I went in June we were still strictly told NOT to take any photos. The only exceptions being the inside of both the original and replica schools.

This used to be a standard rule in  most museums because they wanted to keep control of images taken there to make sure they weren’t used in a way they’d object to and to encourage you to buy slides and postcards, etc. from their gift shop. There was also a belief that flash photography increased the fading of artifacts inside. Research done by Kodak has shown that was not the case. Slowly now museums, as they want the free advertising of social media, are lifting these restrictions. Where they remain in place, please honor them.

Now You Can

Starting midway through the summer I saw posts of photos from De Smet start coming through my feed. At first I thought maybe it was a special waiver for the anniversary celebration, so I checked with them to get an official response AND I can now officially say the policy changed part way through the season. Photos are now welcome inside all the houses. They didn’t give me an official policy when I e-mailed, but I assume they have one. Ask if you intend to do anything more with the photos than personal use or a short social media post.

Reason to Go Back

So if you were looking for an excuse to plan a trip back to De Smet NOW you have a good reason! I wish I’d have known when I was there for the event in July, but I’d just taken the tour in June so I didn’t go. I would have if I’d have known. I’ll have to be back soon and I hope you will too.

UPDATED September 19 2017: From Museum Director Tessa Flak This summer the Society has started to allow visitors to take pictures inside the museum buildings for personal use only, however, we ask you not to film anything. Also, we don’t allow visitors to take pictures in our exhibit. Please contact the Society if you plan to use our photos for more then personal use. Thank you all for understanding.” I removed references to video from this post after she made this comment on Facebook. The comment is added here with her permission.

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.

Elm Trees

Remembering Elm Trees.

Sarah's Notebook

Third Street in De Smet SD

It used to be that elm trees used to line most streets in small town America including towns where Laura lived like De Smet and Walnut Grove. In the early 1930s, a fungal infection carried by beetles introduced into the United States from France. It’s called Dutch Elm Disease or D.E.D. It ultimately wiped out 95 percent of American elms. Many people long to return to the time when many American streets were named for the beautiful Elm trees that created a living cathedral over them. Now two resistant varities have become popular. Ulmus americana “Valley Forge” elm was breed specifically to be highly resistant to the blight. It’s named for the small American army who overcame massive odds to victory.  Ulmus americana “Princeton” was an old American cultivar that proved highly resistant. It was first sold in 1922. Please consider planting one of…

View original post 147 more words

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls

One of my programs is Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll!. It’s a program where I go through the history of dolls related to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her fandom. Doll collecting used to be one area where I didn’t collect, but then I got asked to do a Laura doll program and……

So I’ve been watching Laura dolls ever since. I was really pleased to see these paper dolls on the Little House on the Prairie website. Take a look!

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/pioneer-girl-and-pioneer-boy-paper-doll-printables

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.

T-Shirt of the Month September 2017

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our new monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt each month.

Clothes are one of those things that I once kept as a firm line not to cross as part of my efforts to restrict my Laura collection to a reasonable size. That totally failed when I discovered how great it is to have a Laura t-shirt on when traveling. It really makes it feel like your trip has already started once you get in your car.

Shirt of the Month

Here is this month’s t-shirt:

De Smet 150th Anniversary T-Shirt 1
De Smet 150th Anniversary T-Shirt Front

Back of the t-shirt

De Smet 150th Anniversary T-Shirt 2
De Smet 150th Anniversary T-Shirt Back

This time’s shirt is part of a limited edition from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, South Dakota. This shirt is just offered this year as part of the celebration of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday. There was also a special limited edition shirt at Walnut Grove this year. These are always a fun addition to a t-shirt collection.

Close up of cake

De Smet 150th Anniversary T-Shirt 3
De Smet 150th Anniversary T-Shirt 3

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 August 2017

Presenting on the Stage at Pepin, Wisconsin for Laura Days
Presenting at Laura Days

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. :)

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 3 Part 2 July 15

August 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

September 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

September 2017 Presentations

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

In the Kitchen With Laura Churning Garth Williams

Top 10 Posts During July 2017

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers August 2017

Time to Book a Program

T-Shirt of the Month August 2017

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Harvesting Wheat at Henry Ford

Where did Albert come from?

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Goes YouTube

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country

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.