Highlight Object Pin Display Case

Open Pin Case

Open Pin Case

This is a very recent addition to my collection. I have added jewelry to my collection over the years.

Attempts at Storage and Display

I haven’t been too happy with how to store my Laura Ingalls Wilder jewelry. I had it in a solid glasses case so that I easily take it with me, but it was really overfull and it was so crowded hard to see the individual pins. Forget about display. I decided I wanted to move them into something where it would be easier to show them off when I wasn’t wearing them. After looking around at several options, I decided to get this glass top ring box.

Where Did You Get Those Pins?

Most of these pins were purchased at various homesites over the years. The majority are an image on metal with a protective layer covering the image. A few are from other places. For instance, the large blue Wisconsin was from when the Lions Club hosted their state meeting in Pepin. (I’ve actually found 2 of these and you can see the other on display at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin.)Sharp eyed readers will probably note that I have 3 pairs of dangily earrings in the box in addition to the pins. After I do my bigger artifacts, I may return to the individual pins.

Closed Pin Case

Closed Pin Case

Problems

Most of the pins have a stud back with makes them a little harder to keep in place since the backs are wider than the intended rings, so you still have to carry it flat if you don’t want them jumping up and down. I’ve considered removing the backs, but I think that’s asking for more trouble. The earrings are also a poor fit and I haven’t even attempted to add the couple of necklaces I have so I’m still not completely satisfied.

I think I will have to get a second case after I gather up Laura jewelry that got stuffed here and there, but

for right now, I’m pleased with how it’s working. You can also get the same box in black if you want to try it for your Laura jewelry.

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.

Another Chance for Pamela Hill Smith Course

New Class on Wilder Offered

Pamela Smith Hill standing in Rocky Ridge Living Room

Screen Capture from MOOC

Pamela Hill Smith, author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life, is going to rework her MOOC (Massive Open Online Class). A MOOC is a free internet based class where anyone can sign up for free and do as little or as much of the work as they want. MOOCs put a lot of good information out for free, but without a payment or penalty for failure to complete they have an abysmal completion rate.

Smith has previously done two classes, one semester each, focused on Laura Ingalls Wilder. Apparently she is reworking the two semesters into a one semester class with some new material.  The class will be held June 6, 2016-August 29, 2016.

Register and More Information

Find more information and register here:
https://www.canvas.net/browse/missourisu/courses/laura-ingalls-wilder-1

According to the MOOC’s Facebook page (and thanks to Connie Neumann for pointing me this way),

So we’ve done two courses so far – the early years and the later years – this is a combination of the two along with some new material.

Want To Know More?

Check out my post that has open links, no registration required to watch the videos from the first class. It links to the videos in order which were a little confusing just on the YouTube page and include brief summaries and comments by me. If you’re a Laura fan it’s worth watching a few of the videos simply due to the fact that she was allowed to photograph inside Rocky Ridge and normally you’re not so good, current photos of the inside can be hard to find.

WARNING: It’s a very big post and might take awhile to fully load even with a fast connection.

https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/missouri-state-and-laura-ingalls-wilder-and-the-mooc/

 

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.

 

Nancy Westlake Honored

Nancy Westlake created the Laura Ingalls Wilder curriculum at Hoover.

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Nancy Westlake Nancy Westlake

Nancy Westlake is a long time volunteer at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. She researched in the Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Papers at the Hoover Library and constructed 4 lesson units on Wilder that are available for free on the Hoover Website. They are: “Pioneering Journeys of the Ingalls Family,” “De Smet, South Dakota in the 1880s,” “Farmer Boy,” and “Pioneer Counting Book.” These lesson units have proven very popular with teachers and were used extensively by the teachers at the first Teacher Day sponsored by the Ingalls Homestead.

Read them here: http://hoover.nara.gov/LIW/index.html#educators

Westlake also works with Hoover Education Curator Mary Evans to put on interactive Iowa Communications Network presentations for classes of school children across Iowa. Westlake also does special tours with the Christmas exhibit and portrays Mary Todd Lincoln and Friendly Lucas (Iowa’s 1st Governor’s wife) when needed. Recently Westlake was honored by the NARA…

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Spring Valley Feed

Remembering a very cool thing about Spring Valley, Minnesota and my mooing Fisher Price barn.

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Fisher Price Barn Fisher Price Barn

I want to share something I learned from Mary Jo Dathe at the Spring Valley Historical Society during my last visit. She pointed out something that I never realized. Like many people in my generation, I had a Fisher Price barn. It has a sound effect of a cow mooing when the door opens and closes. Here’s mine outside on the farm. I loved it.

Anyway, what Mary Jo pointed out was that the barn has a poster on the inside for Spring Valley Feed.

Spring Valley Feed Poster Spring Valley Feed Poster

They like to think that it must be Spring Valley, Minnesota. Now there are also other towns named Spring Valley in other states, like Illinois, New York, and California. How great to have another reason to love my Fisher Price barn.

UPDATED May 6 2016: I added one sentence, broke a paragraph, and added my current signature block.

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Top Ten Posts April 2016

In the Kitchen With Laura at Mason City

In the Kitchen With Laura at Mason City

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. :)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Vacation Podcast Round-Up
Iowa City Park Zoo
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
Time for a New Theme
James Wilder’s First Wife
Pa’s Beard
May 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Wilson Rawls
Summer Weather Kit for Your Car

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.

May the Fourth Be With You – I Love You More Than Star Wars

Every May the Fourth is Star Wars Day. It’s because May the Force/May the Fourth (I love a good pun.) It’s especially appropriate this year with the great Force Awakens promising future quality movies once again. I’m sorry I’m a little late this year, but I hope you’ll still take another “May the Force be with you.”

Me and Darth

Me and Darth

This is me and Darth Vader courtesy of our local Drug Town about the time of Return of the Jedi.

So in honor of Star Wars Day, here’s a song from a couple years ago that I keep coming back to.

Also check out the time they saved Tattooine and the time the US government built a UFO.

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.

T-Shirt of the Month May 2016

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.

Loftus Store t-shirt

Loftus Store t-shirt

This is one of the many t-shirts I’ve bought from the Loftus store. They tend to have unique t-shirts and tend to get new designs frequently. Sadly this one isn’t available anymore, but I love the design with the silhouette of the lady sewing with such a lovely background and props. I bought this on my second trip to De Smet which was when I was traveling with my boss from Ushers Ferry to update my program for the Ushers Ferry Girl Scout event. I just think it’s one of my top two prettiest shirts, so I hope you enjoy it.

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.