Top 10 Posts During March 2019

Me in covered wagon by Walnut Grove Museum Sign
In the Photo Wagon outside Walnut Grove

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.

Where did Albert come from?

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2019

Homestead Land Patents

Schedule of Presentations

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2019 Events

For Reporters, the Press, and other Publicity

Earthquake!

Mentions January February 2019

Lincoln Home Update

Ep 100 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2018

Readers in SPACE!

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her  on  FacebookTwitterLinkedInSlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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April 2019 Presentations

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April is always a busy month for presentations and this year is no exception. I’ve also added my first program in May. Check and see if there is a program coming near you.

  • Lake Mills Public Library – Lake Mills, Iowa – Packing Up – April 3, 2019 – 5:30pm
  • Athena Club – Belle Plain, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – April 8, 2019 – 6:30pm
  • Ottumwa Women’s Club – Ottumwa, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – April 9, 2019 – 1pm
  • Siouxland Libraries – One Book Siouxland: Prairie Fire -Sioux Falls, South Dakota – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – April 14, 2019 – 3pm
  • Nashua Public Library – Nashua, Iowa – Packing Up – May 4, 2019 – 10:30am

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast ,  look at her photos, and find her on   FacebookTwitterLinkedInSlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Earthquake!

Revisiting New Madrid.

Sarah's Notebook

Reblogging this March 30, 2019 aka NOT this morning. 🙂

Early this morning we had an earthquake here in Iowa City. The epicenter was in Illinois so we didn’t get the full effect, but it was enough of a shake in our beds that it woke everyone up. There was a small aftershock this morning. Neither was enough that you were sure it was an earthquake and you have to think what is that and why am I shaking. This was the second one we’ve had in my lifetime. The last one was when I was in high school and I was upstairs and everyone else was outside. I felt it shake and saw furniture shake, but my folks didn’t believe we’d had one until the news reported it.

We don’t often have earthquakes in the Midwest, but we do sometimes. The famous one was out of New Madrid, Missouri…

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Readers in SPACE!

I just found out about a cool program thanks to a post on Scary Mommy. According to her, “The concept was developed by Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston, and Alvin Drew, the first NASA astronaut to read a story in space for the program, during the final mission of the space shuttle Discovery. The pair were looking to find a way to encourage reading among kids while also promoting STEM education, and landed on the idea of having on-duty astronauts reading science-based kids’ books, gravity-free.”

Cover of Rosie Revere Engineer

During their space missions, astronauts tape themselves reading books. You can find these books read in zero gravity on their website, Story Time from Space. Here’s an example. Check out Rosie Revere, Engineer as read by Astronaut Kate Rubins. Rubins is a veteran of two spacewalks and was the first to sequence DNA in space. Be sure to use their website to access the videos. While they have a dedicated YouTube channel they don’t seem to have tied all of the videos into it.

They expanded the program adding video demonstrations of experiments in space. (Use the Science Time Videos drop-down to select the videos.) Their lessons are alligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core to encourage their use in lessons and events. Check back to see what they add next!

P.S. Yes, I totally named this post after PIGS IN SPACE! from The Muppet Show.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on  Facebook ,  Twitter ,  LinkedIn ,  SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Booking a Program 2019

Old Laura behind a kitchen table
1930s In the Kitchen With Laura at Winterset, Iowa

You don’t have to have me come through a Humanities Iowa grant (scroll down to the second section below to find out how to do it), but it is such a good deal that I strongly recommend it for programs that qualify.

I am also available to speak out of state. I have been approved for several events with the South Dakota Humanities program, but each needs a proposal. I’m glad to work with you for any needed proposal.

The booking process:

1.       Decide roughly what you want me to do. Do you have a program in mind? Read all about my possible programs.  Are you thinking about extras like handouts or crafts? How long do you want me to be there outside of the program (for example if it’s an event do you want me to circulate awhile before the presentation and drum up interest)? Also, do you want me for one program or more?

2.       Contact me and set up a date. We both have to agree on a date and time that works for both of us.

3.       Price depends on exactly where you want me to go and what you want me to do. Please contact me so we can discuss the details. For programs NOT through Humanities Iowa normally I charge $250 for an in-state program with 50 cents a mile mileage, but exact charges can depend on the answers to number 1 above. Out of state the first program is $300. Additional programs can be added at a single site for a lower rate. You can talk with me for suggestions for funding. (Updated prices for 2019)

Qualifying for a Humanities Iowa Grant

As a member of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau, I am pre-approved for their community group grants. That can be libraries, schools, museums, and other civic organizations or groups. Find a list of requirements at the link above, but basically you need to be located in Iowa and have a program aimed at either adults or families. Children only groups are not approved, but I’ve had approvals for groups that met within a school or had school based groups as long as you also reach out to the public to come to the event. Be sure to specify how you will do that on the grant application. Find both a printable and an online fillable version of the grant application form near the bottom under Step 2.
Humanities Iowa will no longer take grant applications more than 6 months before the program, so a program on June 1st couldn’t be booked before January 1st.
Please note that you do NOT have to fill out the full grant application that is located under the Grants tab on their homepage to get a Speakers Bureau speaker.
If your group’s event is approved, you pay $50 and Humanities Iowa will cover most other expenses. (Extra costs might apply when an overnight stay is necessary, for supplies if you choose to add an optional craft, etc.)   For more information check their webpage.
Or contact them at:
Humanities Iowa
100 LIB RM 4039
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Ready for publicity?

4.       Visit the For Reporters, the Press, and Other Publicity page for downloadable photos with full rights for use, information about the programs, answers to questions I’m frequently asked by the press, a sample press release and other useful information.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Cell Phone Invented

A 1980s cell phone

The Henry Ford museum has a documentary show that focuses on things from their collection. Marty Cooper headed up the team at Motorola that developed the cell phone. It was an invention that changed the behavior of the majority of people on the planet. On April 3, 1973 on a New York City street Cooper made the first cell phone — to his major competitor to tell them they’d succeeded.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast,  look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2019 Events

Little Girl Petting Horses Head
Rhea petting horse in harness with owner’s permission – only touch animals after you ask

What Is Old Threshers?

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion is a very unique event in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There are other “reunions” where people bring steam traction engines, tractors, and small engines to show them off and have a good excuse to get them out and play with them. However, Mt. Pleasant’s event has a broad array of different events and interests gathered in one place. Besides the machinery list above there are groups for old cars, old trucks, antiques, horse teams, an active printers hall, demonstration of equipment like a veneer saw, a threshing machine, and cooking down sorghum, an antique restored steam carousel, quilts, antique dolls, button collectors, a big craft show, trains (you can ride in), trolley cars still on their track (you can ride in), a group demonstrating life in the 1840s in the log cabin village fairly seriously and a group demonstrating life in the late 19th century not so seriously (desperadoes who steal candy & dance hall girls who stay fully dressed), a children’s game area including the chance to drive an actual tractor through an obstacle course and pony rides, fair food, big country music shows, and a theater museum mostly devoted to the traveling shows of the mid-19th to early 20th century. Come visit every year on an expanded Labor Day Weekend. This year it’s August 29 – September 2, 2019.

Events Keep Coming All Year

With all this going on the reunion continues to burst at the seams, but that’s only one week a year. They have a whole bunch of other events through the year.

This isn’t their full schedule, but these are the ones I think you might find interesting.

Theatre Seminar: April 12-14, 2019

One of the departments of the organization is a traveling theater museum. It covers things like tent rep, opera houses, show boats, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin shows.

Steam School : May 4 – 5, 2019

How to drive a steam engine like those used to work threshing machines. They are only offering one class this year.

Trolley School: June 8, 2019

Learn how to drive a trolley.

The Bussey Doll Event : June 22, 2019

The event is for doll collectors and those interested in dolls. There are speakers on various topics, everyone gets a gift doll, and there are vendor tables. My post about the year they did a Laura Ingalls Wilder theme is one of my most read.

Henry County Fair: July 17 – 22, 2019

A county fair like the one the James Wilder family attended in Malone, New York.

Summer Theater Neil and Caroline Schaffner play: “Three In A Bed”:

July 26-27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. July 28th at 2:30 p.m.

August 2-3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and again during the 2019 Reunion

Every summer they once again put on one of the plays once popular with traveling theaters to give you a taste of late 19th/early 20th century entertainment.

Reunion Event: August 29 – September 2, 2019

Annual Midwest and Great Northern Printer’s Fair:  September 11 – 14, 2019

It is specifically geared to people practicing or curious about letterpress printing for letterpress printers, from beginners to professionals. They use the extensive collection of printing equipment gathered in the printing part of Museum B. If you want to know about how they ran the paper in De Smet or how Carrie helped run a newspaper this would be a great event to plan for.

Holiday Events

They also run events every year for Halloween when the Midwest Haunted Rails shows you a ghost of a good time and for Christmas when you can take the North Pole Express to visit Santa Claus. Dates are set later in the year.

I hope you come and visit Mt. Pleasant for the best reunion anywhere or any of their other great events.

People riding on a trolley see a restored truck
Watching a Truck from the Trolley During the Reunion

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.