For the love of “Farmer Boy”

July 13, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Reblogging with permission a great article about the Laura Ingalls Wilder Literary Landmark event in Malone/Burke, New York this last weekend.

Originally posted on Adirondack North Country Blogger:

IMG_3167 Almanzo Wilder lived in this house on Stacy Road in Burke, N.Y. until he was 18, then his family moved West. The Wilder site is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by Connie Jenkins)

Years ago, my friend Margaret told me that there are 10 perfect days of summer, meaning those precious times when the weather, activity, mood and company all come together just so. I started keeping track of those wondrous times and mentioned to her that sometimes I count a glorious early fall day as one of the 10 days.

“You don’t have to move it, “she told me. “Every season has 10 perfect days.”

audience and Todd Moe Visitors listen to Wilder Homestead volunteer Jim Lusk. Jim portrays Almanzo’s father James, as well as school teacher Mr. Jones. (Photo by Connie Jenkins)

Today was one of those days – a sun-drenched breezy day at Wilder Farm (aka Wilder Homestead), the…

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Mary Ingalls Pageant 2015

July 10, 2015

From the Mary Ingalls Pageant:

Cast Learning from a Former Student

Cast Learning from a Former Student

“Mary Ingalls – Her Journey” returns to the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School for its 2nd Season.

Once again the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School auditorium will provide the setting for the Pageant depicting Mary Ingalls and her life as a student at the school.   It provides a unique opportunity to be surrounded by history and watch it at the same time.

If you were able to join us for last year’s first ever Pageant production, you will not want to miss this year’s updated version. If you could not be with us last year, you are in for a treat.

Construction on Old Main to repair damage done in the windstorm of 2011 is completed, and guests are again able to enter through the front doors. The Founders Room will be available for Pageant guests to see as well as the newly reopened museum on the third floor. Plan to come early and spend some time exploring them. There will be IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society members available to provide information and answer questions.

Transportation will again be provided to those needing it to get from remote parking locations to Old Main.

Production dates and times are July 31 and August 1 at 7:00 p.m. and August 2 at 2:00 p.m. Doors will open one hour before show time. Tickets are $10.00 and there is general admission seating on the main floor and balcony of the auditorium. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time by going to www.ACTI.org on the computer or at the door.

COME JOIN US – YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID

Update

Only 21 days till opening night of “Mary Ingalls – Her Journey” at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.

There is lots of activity – lines to learn, costumes to try on, props to find, furniture to move, pictures to take and promotion to prepare. All this energy expended to bring you the story of Mary Ingalls’ time at the Iowa College for the Blind.

Be sure to include us in your plans for the weekend of July 31, Aug. 1 at 7p.m. and Aug. 2 at 2:00 p.m in the Old Main auditorium on the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School campus. Tickets are $10 and are for general admission. Come early and spend time visiting the Founders Room and Museum.

GOOD NEWSwww.ACTI.org has been fixed. If you went there earlier thinking you could purchase advanced tickets and were unable to do so, please try again. You can also purchase tickets at the door before each performance.

Hope to see you there.

Chiming In

I have to say I didn’t have anything to do with the writing of this show and I was enchanted when I saw it. I especially thought the middle section where recollections of actual students were used to show what Mary’s life at the blind school was like were particularly effective. It helps fill in the big gap in the books about what happened to Mary when she went to school. A big moment is when they reenact Mary’s graduation where it actually happened.

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Mother Board Died

July 8, 2015

If you’ve been wondering why the last post was delayed my motherboard died in my laptop. Between that and the LauraPalooza conference postings will most likely be sporadic for the next week and a half or so. Please bear with me and we’ll get back on schedule after that.

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Mary Ingalls Pageant

July 5, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Check out this year’s dates for our newest pageant.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Save the Date

UPDATE July 4, 2015: We are doing it again. Check on our 2015 schedule.

From the committee organizing the Mary Ingalls Pageant:

“Mary Ingalls – Her Journey” world premiere Pageant is coming to the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, Iowa at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, 2014. This production has received the endorsement of the Ingalls Wilder Heritage Trust. Seating will be by general admission and the cost of attendance at each performance is $10.00. Make plans to get your tickets now. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an historic event, held at an historic site.

You will see Mary’s journey from young girl full of dreams to a blind adolescent who believed those dreams were lost. Learn with her about the school in Iowa that would allow her to continue her education and give her tools for an…

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Top Ten June 2015

July 4, 2015

PlatesI’ve decided to add another to my monthly posts. I want to share the blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Brian Allen Reports on Pioneer Girl
Pageant Travel Advice
Laura Ingalls Wilder Building Update
Laura Ingalls Wilder Month at Old World Wisconsin
Wanted Iowa School for the Blind History
In the Kitchen With Laura Wringer Washer
Iowa City Park Zoo
Laura Ingalls Wilder Building Update
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2015
James Wilder’s First Wife

Mentions June 2015

July 3, 2015

Ready to Present After months that I’ve appeared in print or online, I post a round up so those who want to find out more about me will know where to look. :)

This tweet is from the Oskaloosa Public Library

“Exclusive Interview with LauraPalooza Founders” Little House on the Prairie. June 23, 2015. Little bit about me and a photo. Most of the photos used in the article are mine, none of the quotes are. :)
http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/exclusive-interview-with-laurapalooza-event-founders

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

July 2015 Presentations

July 2, 2015

This year July has mostly been taken up by LauraPalooza. I will, however, be presenting during the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. We’ve been trying to work out a time to do it for awhile so I’m glad it finally worked out. This will bring the number of Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites I’ve spoken at to 5. :)

Family Photo

Family Photo

  • Family Festival during Walnut Grove Pageant “Fragments of a Dream” – Walnut Grove, Minnesota – July 25, 2015
  • I will also be attending the LauraPalooza conference, but I’m not making a presentation. I will be Master of Ceremonies for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy Award.

But even if there isn’t a program scheduled near you, 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. I’m really excited about my “In the Kitchen With Laura” program for this summer. If you are looking for a program, check them out.  Learn more here:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/programs.html

And check out my brochure:
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Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

July 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

July 1, 2015

July and September tend to have the biggest number of Laura Ingalls Wilder events. Here are the ones I’ve pulled together for this month. I’ve also thrown in a couple of Aug. 1st or 2nd dates so they don’t sneak up on you.

Sarah Uthoff at Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Sarah Uthoff at Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 10-11
  • July 17-18
  • July 24-25

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 11, July 18, and July 25, 2015
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details.

De Smet SD

By the Shores of Silver Lake

  • July 10-12
  • July 17-19
  • July 24-26

Spring Valley MN

Eliza Jane School Days July -The 27-28 and 30-31, 2015

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Evening (7:30 pm) Performance Dates (rain or shine):

  • July 17-18, 24-25, 31, Aug. 1 – There are more dates later in the Summer.

Malone/Burke NY

Find their calendar list with more details here.

Children’s art display opens July 4, 2015

Children’s Art & Literary Landmark Celebration (includes plaque unveiling) July 11, 2015 10 am – 4 pm

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – June 15, 2015 – July 31, 2015
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/3895/the-world-of-little-house

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  August 1-2, 2015 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

LauraPalooza

The 2015 national Laura Ingalls Wilder conference will be held July 16-17, 2015 with July 18th spent in De Smet.

 

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

500 Year Flood

June 27, 2015

trundlebedtales:

UPDATE June 26, 2015 – It doesn’t seem possible that we just passed the 8th year anniversary from this major flood. Reconstruction continues and just this month Cedar Rapids rolled out the final decade long version of a flood control system. The flood did a lot of damage, first from the water and then from the flood recovery “expert” that talked the city into making a lot of decisions that ultimately caused issues and cost more money than it should have. Every time we drive over the 5 in 1 bridge, the one bridge to stay open because it was so very far above the river, my mother keeps saying “I don’t know where the water came from, how it stayed that long, and where it went.” We should also be grateful that it was mainly property that was damaged not people and hopefully next time people will react quickly when word reaches them that a flood is coming.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

UPDATE June 26, 2015 – It doesn’t seem possible that we just passed the 8th year anniversary from this major flood. Reconstruction continues and just this month Cedar Rapids rolled out the final decade long version of a flood control system. The flood did a lot of damage, first from the water and then from the flood recovery “expert” that talked the city into making a lot of decisions that ultimately caused issues and cost more money than it should have. Every time we drive over the 5 in 1 bridge, the one bridge to stay open because it was so very far above the river, my mother keeps saying “I don’t know where the water came from, how it stayed that long, and where it went.” We should also be grateful that it was mainly property that was damaged not people and hopefully next time people will react quickly…

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Brian Allen Reports on Pioneer Girl

June 22, 2015

 Brian Allen is a reporter for KSFY in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Allen had previously been surprised when an assignment on genealogy revealed he was distantly related to Laura Ingalls Wilder. He followed the trail to both Walnut Grove, Minnesota and De Smet, South Dakota.

Family Research:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/family-tree-hunt

Allen’s story focuses on the unprecedented success of the annotated version of Pioneer Girl. He interviews Nancy Tystad Koupal of the South Dakota State Historical Society Press. Next stop is the Ingalls Homestead where he interviews Ann Lesch. See the video and the transcript at the link below.

http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/The-enduring-success–of-Pioneer-Girl-304469001.html

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 


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