Country School Conference 2015 Registration Open

March 30, 2015

26872059Republished from a message from the keyboard of Richard Lewis:

Hello Country School Enthusiasts!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Country School Association of America Conference at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Washington County Fair Farm Museum with its Perkins Hollow one room schoolhouse is hosting the Annual Conference of the Country School Association of America June 14-17, 2015.  We are pleased to bring this national event to the Washington and Saratoga County region of New York State.

The Skidmore College campus and the Washington County Fair Farm Museum will be the locations for two days of presentations and workshops on early schooling, curriculum and preservation of historic country schools.  There will also be local displays and presentations featuring area schoolhouses, the slate industry, the Ticonderoga pencil, and other related topics.  The third day bus tour will take you through the slate region of New York and Vermont while you visit seven restored/preserved country schools.

The conference is only 3 months away…. 

Make your reservations soon as Saratoga is the summer place to be! 

You have a choice of online registration or a paper registration with 2 payment options:

1)  Online registration with payment by credit card or check

2)  Paper form with payment by check

Please see the attached paper registration form for more details and register online or by mail.

Please note that when you use online registration at www.CountrySchoolAssociation.org you will have to make your selection for payment by check or credit card as indicated below.  If paying by check, you will mail it to the address provided online.

Pay by Check

We look forward to welcoming you to Skidmore College, in upstate New York in June.

Should further information be required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Joan & Dale Prouty

CSAA 2015 Conference Co-chairs

dprouty@captal.net

(518) 747-3635

Pa’s Beard

March 29, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Not much to update on this post about Pa’s Beard.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Pa’s beard has always been a huge bone of contention between TV show and book fans. Landon’s lack of a beard is almost always mentioned in early critiques of the show by book fans and I still hear mentioned on a regular basis today. Pa’s real beard was absolutely horrible and I have only seen one beard as ugly on a living person. I thought you might enjoy reading what they were saying about the beard at the time the show first came out.

Van Horn, Gail. “Walnut Grove residents celebrate fall TV show go-ahead.” Messenger Independent. 5 June 1974: 3B.

“An NBC press release notes, for those who know that Pa Ingalls always wore a full beard, illustrated by Garth Williams in Laura’s books, note that great pains were put into fitting Michael Landon with a beard, both of natural growth and by makeup artists. But it was decided that he…

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Most Important Event in American History

March 25, 2015

It isn’t the one you’d think. You might think Independence Day, when the Constitution or the Bill of Rights was ratified, the shots fired on Ft. Sumter, or Pearl Harbor, but Richard McMillan, Professor of History at Pierce College argues that the actual most important event in American history was the Spanish Armada attacking Great Britain [notice I didn’t include spoilers, do you know how it turned out? Informal poll comment one way or the other before watching the video :)]. Actually it’s also a pretty great description of what happened to the Spanish Armada complete with animation, so enjoy!

Are you convinced?

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.

Manchester Tornado Anniversary

March 22, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Update: Glad to update what’s going on in Manchester. I made sure the links worked and I added a link to a video and a link to a blog post on the compromise.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Manchester SD Manchester SD

In June 2003 I was in De Smet for Ingalls Homestead Teacher Day. I had stopped along the way to pick up Shirley Knakmuhs and her daughter to bring her along. The event went great and I remember standing on the hill with her and her daughter at the Ingalls Homestead. My time had been mostly focused on the event, but high on my priority list of projects was to go and get more photos of Manchester, the next town down the tracks from De Smet, the birthplace of Harvey Dunn, and most importantly to me the long term home of Grace Ingalls Dow. We were already past the time we originally planned to leave (a common event with me and De Smet) and I turned to the west and calculated how much extra time a quick jaunt to Manchester would add. With one thing and another I…

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Find Converters

March 20, 2015

Sometimes you have to convert a number into something else. That can be something like inches into centimeters or standard time into military time. This handy dandy list shows websites that will handle these conversions and many others for you.

Modern Measuring Equipment

Modern Measuring Equipment

Convert one type of measurement into another (e.g. inches into cm)

http://www.easysurf.cc/menumt.htm

Convert Time

Convert Across Time Zones:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Convert Standard Time into Military Time:
http://www.calculatehours.com/Military_Time_Converter.html

Convert value of money

From Two Different Points in Time –

For essays on how the process works and its accuracy:
http://eh.net/hmit

For US dollar conversion between two years (this is my favorite such calculator tool, with the most information):
http://www.measuringworth.com/uscompare/

Convert Currency Across Countries:
http://www.xe.com

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.

Iowa Newspaper Preservation 2015

March 18, 2015

park pavillion It’s been an on-going issue that I’ve posted about multiple times. Due to funding cuts the microfilming and preservation of Iowa newspapers effectively stopped in 2009. These efforts were headed up by the State Library of Iowa. This has been of great concern of historians around the state. Once these newspapers are gone they are almost impossible to track down. It’s also a matter of beating the clock because most newspapers have gone to using cheaper paper and ink. While this choice saves them money and allows them to say they are going green (which is true, these inks and papers are better for the environment), but it also means they break down much quicker than newspapers from previous decades.

So it is with something of shock that Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs basically turned down money to restart the project that was in the process of being approved via a bill by the General Assembly. According to the story below they are in the process of doing a study on the current state of all collections and want to develop a plan going forward before they act. Personally, I’m all for plans and as papers create digital only content new methods will hopefully be developed to capture them. That said they have such a big backlog of paper copies of newspapers now, I would definitely have taken the earmarked money. You can never tell if something like that will be offered again and my guess is that it won’t be.

The study will examine all the collections held by the historical society and prioritize where money will be spent. It will specifically look at the newspaper plan and will consider whether to keep producing microfilm or to move to a digital format of preservation. Microfilm is still the gold standard for preservation. It has a proven track record to be stable over a long period of time with no additional work necessary (that’s not true for work copies, but preservation copies that are merely stored and sometimes copied). Microfilm is also a format that even if no microfilm reader is available you could jerry-rig something fairly easily to retrieve the data. Microfilm is also relatively easy to transform into a digital copy for access purposes. Digital preservation can allow for easier and wider decimation of the preserved copies. However, media formats haven’t shown long term storage capabilities. It requires a lot of work to keep digital records accessible in programs that people can still use.  For example, I’ve seen news stories about research being done on the moon landing that required people to re-enter data from paper print outs since the original digital files are no longer accessible. Even when digital information is kept up to date, each time you have to update to a new file standard to keep things accessible some small amount of the data is lost just by the nature of the process. The study also looking at what is already being done by other entities to save copies, especially newspapers themselves. While it may be better to spend funds on resources that haven’t been preserved at all, preservation done by private companies is always at risk and well worth duplicating by public institutions if funding is available.

So in short, I’m going to keep an eye on this developing story and you should too. I hope we hear more about this soon.

http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/State-Not-Archiving-Newspapers-102035.shtml

Find previous posts linked to my last year’s report:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/iowa-newspaper-preservation-2014

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.

Movie: Star Trek (2009)

March 16, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Looking back today at one of my all time favorite movie reviews that I’ve written.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

SPOILER ALERT!!!

This week I went to see the latest Star Trek movie. I know, know, it’s been out awhile, but I was waiting to see it in IMAX and then I had to find a time I could get to the theater. I have to say WOW! It was definitely worth the wait. However, despite all the reviews and everything I read (and there were more articles around here due to the Riverside connection, see my Riverside post) I was totally unprepared for what I saw. It was NOT a Star Trek movie. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (my personal favorite) and Star Trek III: The Wrath of Kahn were Star Trek movies. This was quite simply the most glorious piece of visual fanfic ever devised by man.

This is going to be more of analysis than a plot summary, so if you want a summary with…

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Newton’s Cowboy

March 13, 2015
My Photo on exhibit at Hoover

My Photo on exhibit at Hoover

Often when you’re driving around the highways and byways of America, you see things you don’t understand. See this collage from an old Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum which included a photo of me in Brandon. This is the story of one of those things that doesn’t have a clue in its actual location, no sign, no information, nothing.

The cowboy is near the McDonalds/Love’s gas station just off Interstate 80 just outside Newton, Iowa. (Note: be careful turning around to get to the drive thru window it’s a horrible turn.) You might know Newton from the Maytag appliances (no longer there), the amazing Maytag Blue Cheese, the Iowa Speedway or their amazing public library. Drive around town if you stop they also have a wonderful collection of downtown murals and a huge lizard statue outside the public library.

The upshot is it was originally in front of a cowboy restaurant in Oklahoma that had some connection with Love’s gas stations. When the restaurant closed down they decided to move it to an active location and randomly picked the Newton location as it was freshly opened.

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.

Mary Ingalls Pageant Roving Report

March 11, 2015

August 2014 was first Mary Ingalls Society Pageant in Vinton, Iowa. Below is the link to the podcast I did about attending. I’ve added the highlights of what is talked about in order to help you find a particular part if you are interested. I’ve also added some links to some additional information you might find useful. Also see my podcast on Mary Ingalls and the School for the Blind.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/09/21/roving-report-mary-ingalls-pageant-2014

Vinton very near the Lincoln Highway, the turn off being by the Youngsville Cafe.

Short history of the Mary Ingalls Pageant.

From South take left branch of 218 don’t go straight through town.

Sign and front of school

Sign and front of school

Parking situation around school

People came early and stayed in their seats

Founder’s Room returned to original purpose as historical room. It has since been restored and reorganized and is the ground floor presence of the museum. You can see Mary’s records there. The main museum Third Floor hasn’t yet been restored from storm damage.

Seats are wooden auditorium style seating.

Pipe organ – Iowa Gov. Laurabee organ – hoping to restore organ

Scenes cut from original script that tell more about what life was like at the school

Pageant held in same auditorium where Mary would have attended events in

Changed story to have Mary be the point of view character

Showed what it was like for Mary to attend the school and how the school worked, the amazing impact they had on people’s lives

Return to De Smet based on Grandpa’s Fiddle

Mary Ingalls Pageant this coming year will be August 1, 2, 3, 2015. Hotel facilities are available both in Vinton proper and in the fairly close Cedar Rapids.

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.

De Smet Pageant Wow!

March 9, 2015
Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant

Audience Volunteers Participate in Pageant

I was just doing a quick check on the time the pageant grounds open before the De Smet pageant (this year their production will be By the Shores of Silver Lake) and found that they’d completely redone their website. There is no other way to describe it than visually stunning. I love the new tag also, “Theater on the Prairie,” which is a nice twist without being too on the nose. I like the About section with the history of the pageant and almost all the information you need is right there.

That said it is set up more for a tablet or a smart phone than a computer monitor. The links at the top are anchors, not true links. The main page slides through nicely on a smart phone or a tablet, but its organization is a lot less clear than the old page. Also, the links to the FAQs and Contact Us, which do open as separate pages, are buried all the way at the bottom of this main page.

So take a look at the gorgeous new site yourself and remember to keep digging if you don’t see what you want right away.  And I do believe that’s my favorite pageant Almanzo in the slide show at the top of the site that starts if you stay on the page long enough (although I would have cropped the sole of Royal’s boot off) :).

 

So check out:

http://www.desmetpageant.org

Also, remember to Like their page on Facebook.

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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