Gene Stratton-Porter Video Part 12

February 4, 2015
Amanda Trudell

Amanda Trudell

Last January I posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was. Today I’m going to share December’s posted video. I’m very sorry to say this is the last entry in the series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and have learned a little more about Gene Stratton-Porter.

Amanda Trudell was one of the scholarship film students that the Stratton Foundation had been supporting before they discovered their connection with Gene Stratton-Porter. As they had already been working with film production and nature, they embraced their realization of the connection and the cousins they hadn’t realized existed. The Stratton family hired Trudell to document the story of Gene Stratton-Porter surrounding the anniversary celebration in 2013. I hope you’ve enjoyed these short films as much as I have. I wish Amanda Trudell and her production company good luck on their future endeavors. 

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 Society Calendar 2015

February 2, 2015
Calendar Cover

Calendar Cover

The Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School (ISBSSS) of Vinton, Iowa has never had a calendar of its own in its 153 year history, so the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society is very excited to offer 100 numbered copies of this First Edition Calendar.  If this 2015 calendar does well there are plans to have calendars offered annually highlighting the school and its story.  Each calendar has beautiful colored pictures of the school’s campus and some bits of information about Mary Ingalls.

Front of School

Front of School

Calendar #1 of this First Edition will be offered for sale through a silent auction.  Bids can be made by calling the school 319-472-5221 Ext. 1110 or by emailing pbarr@iowa.braille.k12.ia.us. A beginning bid of $25.00 has been made. The lucky winner will be announced on February 9, 2015.

Calendars may be purchased in person on at the main office of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School for $10.00 per calendar.  The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.  While you are there be sure to take a stroll through the Founders Room and at other artifacts displayed on the first floor of Old Main. The calendars will also be available through Vinton Unlimited office at 310 A. Ave.  Be watching for other locations in town to see and/or purchase these keepsakes. We hope you take the time to stop in either location to take a look.

Bell Tower

Bell Tower

To order by mail, e-mail to the address above and you will be contacted with further information. To cover mailing expenses, the calendars will cost $12.50 to be purchased by mail. Payment will be accepted by check only. Checks need to be made out to VCF/IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society, P.O. Box 326, Vinton, Iowa 52349. These calendars are a great reminder of the beauty of the school and the community that is its home.

Sign and front of school

Sign and front of school

The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society was founded in 2012 to work towards preserving the historical significance of the school and its connection to the Ingalls family. If you haven’t yet, LIKE their Facebook page.

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.

 

Fizz, Boom, Read! And In the Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 1, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Next on my reblog list is this description of my favorite new program “In the Kitchen With Laura.” I really enjoy it and I think you will too.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

In the Kitchen

Every year I introduce a new program, a new way to tell the life story of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’m especially pleased with this year’s program with a completely different take. It mixes stories and information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life with food history and hands on cooking. It’s the 1930s and we find ourselves in Laura’s kitchen as she’s dealing with all the food coming in from a bountiful summer garden.

During the program I bring volunteers on stage to do things like:

  • Mix up a batch of biscuits
  • Make ginger water
  • Dry Wild Plums
  • And more (some seasonal considerations will determine other activities)

Afterward everybody can try some of the ginger water. It’s been a big hit.

This program is all interactive, no PowerPoint, and all you have to supply is a table and 2 quarts of water.

This program will work especially well with the theme of…

View original 216 more words

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday 2015

January 30, 2015

It’s time for your FAVORITE Trundlebed Tales episode of the year. This is the episode where I ask you to call in live to my podcast and share:

  • your favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder experience
  • how you started loving Laura
  • the most unusual thing you ever did as a Laura fan
  • your yearly Laura based traditions
  • or anything Laura related.Book Display

This year Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday will be on a Saturday so our show will be at 8 PM.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2015/02/08/ep-63-laura-ingalls-wilder-on-air-birthday-party-2015

Call in at 1(877) 633-9389 from 8PM to 9PM. The number will only be good while the show is live.

If you miss the show live, click on the link above. It’s the same link to hear it in the archive.

Technology willing, I’ll also open a chat room during the program so you can also share that way. If you want to do that it will go easier if you go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com and create a free account before the show. You can also log in through Facebook. By request of several people last year, I’m going to stretch the episode to an hour so make sure you call in so I’m not faced with dead air.

If you have a story and want to share it before the program because you can’t do it live or don’t want to speak on air you can send it to me at info@trundlebedtales.com

Discover Laura, the official blog of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, South Dakota is also having a special program. They want you to take a photo of yourself with your favorite Laura book and share with them.

Read more here:
https://discoverlaura.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/help-us-celebrate-lauras-birthday

UPDATE: Find a second contest from Old World Wisconsin:
Post a picture of yourself in your Little House gear on our Facebook page and you could win a prize!

By special request from fans last year, I’m also going to be doing an Almanzo Wilder Birthday On Air Party so be sure to call into that with your favorite Almanzo related story. Call in on February 13, 2015 at 8 PM.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2015/02/14/ep-64-almanzo-wilder-on-air-birthday-party

Find previous year’s archives of my birthday programs:

In honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday last year I published a new LibGuide of resources to get you started researching Laura Ingalls Wilder. A LibGuide is a library tool that guides you to sources to get you started. I have used the sources in my Laura Ingalls Wilder pathfinder and added a few more. This will be a work in progress, so check it out.
http://guides.kirkwood.edu/LauraIngallsWilder
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.

Tech Tip: Disappearing Visual Menu WordPress

January 28, 2015

I use WordPress a lot. Normally I let WordPress host the sites I create there because it works better all the way around, but I work with one group that insists on having it hosted on personal website. I don’t know that this problem couldn’t happen on a hosted by WordPress blog, but every post I found bemoaning this had happened to them was on a hosted personal website. Since my group had updated to the last version of WordPress, the visual menu toolbar had disappeared. Which meant I had to type in everything in html code. I hadn’t typed so much code since library school. :) It was driving me nuts. Guess my time away from online gave me a fresh prospective to find it.

By the way, I solved a problem I was having on a hosted WordPress website, so to share the answer.

If your visual menu has disappeared from posts:

  1. Go to your user profile
  2. Check box in front of “Hide Visual Menu While Writing”
  3. Update profile
  4. Uncheck box in front of “Hide Visual Menu While Writing”
  5. Update profile.

It should be fixed.

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.

 

Playing Pa’s Fiddle

January 25, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Our latest update post is all about Pa’s fiddle where you can hear the real one. I’ve done some editing, added headings, and a photo of my fiddle playing friend Ann Cejka from the adult Laura day I put together at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

In a piece that was first published in The Little House Sampler edited by William Anderson, Rose Wilder Lane wrote a story called “Grandpa’s Fiddle” where she talks about their last night in De Smet before beginning the trip to Mansfield. She has Laura saying that they’d never made it through everything while she was growing up without Pa’s fiddle and it is definitely an important part of family life as described in the “Little House” series.

Ann Cejka - Adult Laura Days Ushers Ferry Ann Cejka – Adult Laura Days Ushers Ferry

Pa’s Fiddle and Fans

The music of Pa’s fiddle is also of great importance to fans of the series. When Barbara Brooks made a set of character dolls (the ones described in the only know recording of Laura’s voice) of the family, she chose to portray Pa playing his fiddle. Today Pa’s fiddle is one of the treasures on display at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home…

View original 429 more words

Book: Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder

January 23, 2015

Anderson, William.  Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2nd). Anderson, Indiana: Diana Waring Presents, 2014. Print. Photographs by Leslie A. Kelly. ISBN 9781930514492

Music in “Little House” Books

Anyone who has read the “Little House” books has to realize how important music is to the story. Frequent mentions are made about Pa’s fiddle, Musical MemoriesMary’s organ, and various people singing. Sometimes the complete lyrics to songs, sometimes bits and pieces, sometimes an oblique mention are all tossed into the story where they can be the most effective. So it’s no surprise that one of the first related books that came out was the Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook by Eugenia Garson (a brilliant work, check it out if you haven’t). There have been several related books that came out since, but this is a great one.

Comparing Editions

I pulled my 1992 copy out and compared the new and old editions. This one has a much nicer cover. The pages are higher quality paper. I compared them page by page and it’s fairly similar. The shots of early sheet music that used to accompany each title in the information section are gone. Some new photos and Cheryl Harness drawings are added and some of the other ones are cropped differently and several of them are flipped (I don’t know if this was correcting a mistake in the original, or if it was a mistake that they are flipped in this one, or if they just thought they looked better this way, and there are no indicators within the images to check). For example, the photo of the girl in a prairie dress leading a cow appears to lead the cow to the left in one edition and to the right in the other. There are also fewer color images in this one, but I don’t think that hurts the appeal of the book any.

What’s Inside?

Included for each of the 13 songs is an information section in the front half of the book and the sheet music to the song in the second half. The information for each is just over half a page for most of them. The information sets up what was going on in the books when the song was used and information about the song in Laura’s real life. For example, In the Sweet By and By was played at Pa’s (Charles Ingalls) funeral. Not included is history of the song or information about why this version was picked. For instance, I know there has been quite a bit of debate among “hymnologists” (to use historian Walter Lord’s term) over which version of the several similar songs was meant in The Old Chariot or whether the “Broom! Broom! Broom!” line really belonged in Buy a Broom (they leave them out). None of that is addressed here, but I think most Laura fans are probably a lot more interested in the information about Laura that was given.

The sheet music is treble clef (right hand) only, but would work well for singing accompaniment on an instrument or for a singer. They also have the chords indicated so someone who knows how to chord could play both hands on the piano, etc. They aren’t new recordings, just available now on CD. The music really is nicely done and I enjoyed listening to it and listened to it several times. There is approximately 40 minutes of music on the CD.

Rest of the Series

This book is part of a three book series put out by Diana Warring. The other two being America 1750-1890: The Heart of a New Nation and Westward Ho!: The Heart of the Old West. The other two titles have been republished as well and there are at least some tentative plans to revive the project and do more if these sell well.

If you have purchased this book already, the main reason to buy the new one would be to update your audiotape to a CD, but if you haven’t, consider adding Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder to your collection.

Currently I haven’t found any of the homesites selling it, but I’m guessing they’ll be adding it in 2015. For the time being find it at Diana Waring Presents or Christian Book Distributors.

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.

Gene Stratton-Porter Video Part 11 Small Farm Life

January 21, 2015
Dennis and Doug Stratton

Dennis and Doug Stratton

Last January I posted about a series of videos that the Stratton Foundation was going to be posting (1 a month) about Gene Stratton-Porter and her homesites in Indiana. At that time I explained more in depth about who Gene Stratton-Porter was. Today I’m going to share November’s posted video. I’ve added a second part of the title to this post because I want to make sure people who are interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s advocacy of a small farm life listen to the Stratton viewpoint. It’s also one that we share and do our best to emulate in our own family farm operation.

Video 11 is called “November 2014: Gene’s Agricultural Insight with Dennis & Doug.” It was published on YouTube on November 30, 2014.

They say: “This month Dennis [Stratton] and Doug [Stratton] have a conversation about Gene’s thoughts on agriculture and how they resemble Dennis’s current practices. Gene’s novels reveal her enlightening opinion on the subjects of farming and food.”

This month distant cousins Dennis and Doug discuss how agriculture is reflected in Gene’s books. Neither Dennis nor Doug grew up realizing the connection so they have only recently read Gene’s books. Dennis is a farmer himself and recognizes the honesty and good advice for living a good rural life. The especially look to Laddie: A True Blue Story which was based on the Stratton farm in the 1870s-1880s.

The basically make Laura Ingalls Wilder’ argument for a small farm life and suggest that it would be best for a quality life even now. They also stress the importance of diversity which is sadly lacking in today’s monoculture which means fields not only of only one plant, but of only one genetic stock.

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 Society Meeting Notes

January 19, 2015

The first annual meeting for the members of the Mary Ingalls Society was held December 8, 2014 in the Founder’s Room at the Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School. The Founder’s Room was a room just to the right of the main entrance that traditionally held artifacts and memorabilia to the school. Past students describe getting a sense of being part of a proud tradition from this room. In recent years it had been taken over as an office, but in late 2014 it was returned to a historical display room and the main floor presence of the Society. Below are the notes reporting from that meeting.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MARY INGALLS SOCIETY

December 8, 2014

Our first membership meeting started at 7 pm with members Pat Barr, Carolyn Hibbs, Nancy Beckman, Nancy Baldwin, Mike Kelly, Barb Beau, and guest Don Eells.

Carolyn read an excerpt from a school journal dated December 1957. Student Judy Shank, who was a very active and talented gal who was involved in several activities on campus, wrote it. It made us realize how busy and engaged these students were. Mary Ingalls Sign Final

Carolyn then went on to review what has taken place with the society since our founding in 2012:

  • “A Conversation with Mary Ingalls”
  • Fundraising items: bookmarks, postcards, corn cob dolls
  • Our first pageant
  • Tours in 2013 & 2014
  • Grants received through LOST funds
  • An original line drawing of Mary to use as part of Mary Ingalls Society signs and advertising
  • New signage outside the school

It is our hope to have more volunteers. Don suggested asking people is more effective than waiting for them to come forward.

Carolyn and Nancy Beckman are working on the next script for Pageant 2015, adding a couple of scenes and doing some tweaking of the existing script. The next pageant will be held July 31, August 1 and 2 in 2015.

A calendar using historical photos of the Braille school was discussed as a fundraiser. Two copies were shared; one in black and white and another in color. We hope to do this in 2015. Size was discussed as well as color or black and white? Don suggested having them numbered and possibly adding quotes.

We would like some publicity to encourage the public who may have had some connection or tie to the school to loan or donate items to be on display. We recently received cookie cutters and a recipe for oatmeal cookies from the family of one of the bakers.

A lot of brainstorming and dreaming took place. Don asked if we had considered having a tea? The setting in the Founders Room would be very appropriate. We are so delighted to have that room that really reflects the history of the Braille school. Don also suggested the possibility of collaborating with the Art Guild and could picture art on the lawn as well as musicians and even hot air balloons!

The meeting concluded with a tour of the 3rd floor museum. It is definitely a gem in the rough. We have our work cut out for us!

Barb Beau

Find the information to join or renew here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/mary-ingalls-society-renewal-2014-2

Videos from the Walnut Grove Museum

January 16, 2015

This year was the two day 40th anniversary of the Little House on the Prairie TV show that first aired as a regular series in 1974. Although there were several smaller events through out the year, the big one was in late July in Walnut Grove, Minnesota the real version of the fictional town that was built in Simi Valley, California. Eleven different actors from the TV series came for the reunion. The event blew away organizers as the population of the town at least tripled for those two days even though in down poured rain on the morning of the second day.

Cast on Stage Courtesy of Linda Starbuck

Cast on Stage
Courtesy of Linda Starbuck

During the day the stars mostly signed autographs for incredibly long lines of fans. Each evening before the pageant they did about 45 minutes of questions and answers from audience members. The footage below was all shot on July 25, 2014th, but I was there both nights and quite a few of the questions repeated.

For all the activities cameras were filming and the videos were edited, probably intended to be a DVD (the individual parts are called chapters), the Walnut Grove Museum created a YouTube page and uploaded them there. Find the direct links to each individual video below. Under each film clip I’ve put notes on what appears in each section to help you find specific bits later. In addition the day of they shot quick takes with several of the stars while they were eating breakfast in an unnamed hotel where they were staying. You can hear breakfast background noise through each of these and most of them have just a little more than they meant to at each end (you’ll see what I mean). I’ve added those if it fit with a segment and in a special section at the bottom if they didn’t.

A second professional camera man was following around Radamas Paras working on a documentary about him. That’s the last I’ve heard of it, if anybody else knows anything please let us know.

I also took some video that I’ve edited into travel diaries I haven’t done a post yet because I still haven’t finished editing them all, but you can find what I’ve done so far on Vimeo.

Catch up with more posts about the TV show:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/40th-anniversary-year-of-the-little-house-on-the-prairie-tv-show

Little House Reunion 40 WG

Part 1

Begins as both night’s interview did with an introduction of actors who came:

Introduced Charlotte Stewart [Miss Beadle], Hersha Parady [Alice Garvey], Lindsey Greenbush [Carrie Ingalls], Sydney Greenbush [Carrie Ingalls], Radamas Paras [John Edwards], Lucy Lee Flippin [Eliza Jane Wilder], Dean Butler [Almanzo Wilder], Wendi Turnbaugh Lee [Grace Ingalls], Brenda Turnbaugh Weatherby [Grace Ingalls], Alison Arngrim [Nellie Oleson] (out of the Olesen Mercantile set)

Where are they now – catching up on what each cast member is doing now starting at 4:40

Part 2

Cast recalls their favorite episodes

Part 3

Charlotte Stewart aka Miss Beadle, First day on the set, Would Michael Landon have been at Reunion this summer, How she got started acting, Her last day on the set, Friendships with cast, Having fun at Reunion, Will people still be watching “Little House” in 100 years, On being remembered, Joy of “Little House”

Bonus Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZVw30gtkY8

Part 4

Audience Questions: Nonverbal communication and Casting, Victor French and his skill as actor and director, How old when started show, In God Sister which one played real Carrie, What years did the show run?

Part 5

Audience Questions: Restored DVDs what will they have for special features, How did Dean feel when Almanzo punched the guy, How did the Ingalls get famous enough that they did a TV show about them, How tone and feeling of the books were translated onscreen, Why was adoption a theme that ran through the show, What was twins relationship with Karen Grassel like, Dean talks about Almanzo’s name (and the CORRECT pronunciation), Almanzo’s relationship with Laura

Part 6

Audience Questions: Mud fight, Dan McBride aka Henry Riley restaurant customer surprise appearance, Which episode would you reshoot, Did Nellie teach Nancy to be mean?, Why did John Junior cheat on Mary and Michael Landon‘s fight with Victor French

Part 7

Radamas Paras aka John Jr. – His run on show, On Michael Landon, Would Michael Landon have come to anniversary, Have you read the “Little House” books?, What makes the show stay popular, How do you like Walnut Grove

Bonus Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr_goiGGCXk

Part 8

Audience Question: How long did it take to film an episode, memorable outtakes, How did they feel when town blew up – most haven’t been able to watch it, Cast Romances, Nellie and Nancy relationship,

Part 9

Dean Butler aka Almanzo Wilder – Dean recalls water rights episode, Michael Landon as director, Memories of real Walnut Grove,

Part 10

Audience Question: Memorable Guest stars mentioned James Cromwell, Ray Bolger, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Johnny Cash, Gil Gerard, Neal Memory Games, Shots of audience

Bonus Videos

Bonus Video: Wendi Turnbaugh “Grace Ingalls”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l1EWZoEsL4

Bonus Video: Dan McBride “Henry Riley”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h0ibV25KDQ

Bonus Video: Alison Arngrim “Nellie Oleson”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W65_XZGLR7U

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.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,931 other followers

%d bloggers like this: