Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 1 Part 2

Following my Laura Ingalls Wilder trip this year. Here’s the second part of Day 1.

Surveyors House July16

Tweets Batch 2

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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.

Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 1 Part 1

In the PIONEER Kitchen With Laura

This last weekend, July 8,9,10 2016, I took a trip to De Smet, South Dakota. They had me speak at the Ingalls Homestead. I did a brand new variation on my “In the Kitchen With Laura” presentation. I created a pioneer version of the popular program, complete with brand new dasher churn!

Share Your Trip

Over the years I’ve done everything from blog posts to podcasts to videos to share my Laura Ingalls Wilder trips. This time I tried something new. I tweeted it under the hashtag #LIWTrip16 If you’re on twitter, tweet your Laura Ingalls Wilder trips at the same hashtag and keep it going!

I’m going to spread the tweets over a few posts. I posted the photos on Instagram because it’s easy to share them on multiple platforms at once, but clicking on the links will bring them up.

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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.

Selling Old Books

Updating a post that still gets a lot of attention.

Sarah's Notebook

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Old Book Love

As a librarian I often get asked about selling old books. Let me be clear – I love old books. I often pay WAY more than I should for old books that I buy for my own collection. This is NOT an encouragement to get rid of your old books in anyway.

How Do You Sell Old Books

I get the question about how to sell books often, especially from other libraries, but also from regular people, that I decided it would be worth putting my normal advice into a post. This assumes the decision to get rid of the books has been made and isn’t answering whether or not you should chose to weed any particular books…..[because I could also give you earful on that, but I won’t here.:) ] While the wording below is pitched as if toward a…

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One-Room School Lunch Survey

Water Crock Drinking Fountain

Water Crock Drinking Fountain

One of my on-going projects has been a survey on what people  I’ve been collecting surveys for what people really took to lunch in one-room schools. So far I’ve got 424 responses with answers coming from everywhere between Canada to Louisiana. Answers on what they took ranged from hoe cakes to ketchup sandwiches to a hot dog kept warm in a Thermos with string tied around the natural casing knot to pull it out.  I’ve also collected teaching magazines, parent magazines, and government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

I was surprised about how school lunch, or at least providing a hot school lunch, turned out to be a pretty political topic as it was an excuse given as one of the reasons to close one-room schools (until the Thermos made it unnecessary). I also found out that where you ate lunch turned out to be a problem, if you ate on your desk how did you get it or keep it clean? Plus, were students made to wash their hands? I’ve found a lot of interesting things.

I’ve put together a presentation what I’ve got so far, but I’m still going to be collecting surveys.

So if you went or taught in a one-room school or know someone who did, please fill out the survey and spread the word.

Lunch_Survey You can copy the questions into e-mail or mail. People who mail them get a thank you postcard of a one-room school.
Here is my latest update of Handout 4 about what I’ve learned so far.

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.

Mentions June 2016

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This month’s mentions of me and Trundlebed Tales. This month I have an article I published on the Little House on the Prairie website.

Uthoff, Sarah. “About The Ingalls Family.” Little House on the Prairie. n.d. Web. 6 July 2016.

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/about-the-ingalls-family/

(Note: This was published in June 2016, but not dated on page. )

 

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 July 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.

Tie Dye Shirt

Tie Dye Shirt

The American Midwest can get very hot during the summer and if you want to wear this kind of Laura clothes your options can be fairly limited. There are t-shirts and sweatshirts aplenty, but not so much super hot weather wear. This extremely lightweight t-shirt is the closet I’ve found. It not only looks pretty, it’s cool and comfortable. The text reads “Laura Ingalls Wilder” with “De Smet, South Dakota” in smaller print.

I got this shirt at the Loftus Store in De Smet, South Dakota. They tend to have the most distinct and unique tops and I always try to stop and check in.

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.

Top Ten Posts June 2016

cropped-wading-in-plum-creek.jpgHere 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 Homesites Open for the Season 2016
July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1
Iowa City Park Zoo
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
In the Kitchen With Laura Spices
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country
James Wilder’s First Wife

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.