Welcome to the 150th Anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birth Year

This is going to be a big year in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. It’s 150 years since 1867 – the year that Laura Ingalls Wilder was born. There are going to be events going on all year and right here is your best place to find out what’s going on.

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Happy New Year! Make the resolution to spend the year with Trundlebed Tales.

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.

 

Little House Fans Head North

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Wilder House with Flag

Recently the Almanzo Wilder Homestead News newsletter’s top story was the fact that Mountain Lake PBS (the affiliate for up state New York) had done a news magazine story on the Wilder farm as it stands today. It includes footage inside the house where you’re not normally allowed to take photos. The guide points to where the blacking brush Almanzo threw at Eliza Jane hit (they show a blacking brush, but I think it might have been a bigger brush if he could throw it very well).

The story focuses on tour guides Katelyn Pierce and Jim Lusk.

Malone is a great place to visit, but it’s a long drive down a two lane road from everywhere. Enjoy this short visit and plan one in real life too.

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.

South Dakota Christmas

A lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder fans love the “Little House” towns, but Laura fans mostly come during the summer. Ever wonder what it’s like to spend Christmas in South Dakota? Check out these festivals around South Dakota.

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.

25 Laura Days of Christmas

Since I created this a few years ago, I share this on Twitter and Facebook. I didn’t get it done this year so I decided to do a brand new post with the whole thing.

How Did This Start?

It started out because I had picked up a new tradition that is slowly gaining ground of posting something you’re grateful for everyday in November. I enjoyed that and rather than stop I decided to think of something similar, but fun for December. I came up with doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder themed Days of Christmas. It follows the numbers better than the tune, but I hope you enjoy it.

How Long Does it Run?

The real Twelve Days of Christmas starts on Christmas and runs through All Kings Day on January 6th. I decided to run mine from the beginning of December to Christmas since that’s when people were in a mood. I think it was a definite success. Merry Christmas From Trundlebed Tales 2

 

 

 

25 Laura Ingalls Wilder Days of Christmas

On the twenty-fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
twenty-five cultivated acres on a proved up homestead claim
twenty-four places of Roger Brothers Crown pattern silverware
twenty-three two seat sleighs
twenty-two slate pencils (the good grey kind, not the white scratchy ones)
twenty-one muffs and capes
twenty bags of seed wheat
nineteen treadle sewing machines
eighteen button shoes
seventeen geese flying south
sixteen pancake men
fifteen brindle bulldogs
fourteen Fourth of July mittens
thirteen Pa’s church bells
twelve straw poke bonnets
eleven tin punch lanterns
ten hair receivers
nine dancers dancing to Pa’s fiddle
eight bucket raised calves
seven swan coats with blue lining
six chicks to be laying hens
five replica engagement rings
four Ingalls Sisters
three prairie chickens
two Christmas horses
and a genuine Memorial Cottonwood Tree.

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.

Electoral College and the National Archives

Revisiting an old post from the last Presidential Election about the Electoral College.

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UPDATED December 20, 2016: This is a post I originally posted last Presidential election. I thought it would be fitting to re-post it today. I edited it, removing the Electoral College Twitter handle which they seem to have deleted, adding headings, and my current signature block. I also some additional information about why it was established.

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Electoral College

In honor of election day, I wanted to post this about the Electoral College. The National Archives holds many interesting things including the records of the Electoral College.  You often hear about the Electoral College this time of year, but I think this is a fascinating look at what comes after all the hoopla and the media attention.

Response to YouTube Comment

I first found this about a month ago and someone had commented why can’t we have direct election of Presidents. Here is an edited version of my response.

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Pepin County Celebrates 150 Years – Pepin Pickling Company

Have you eaten at the Pickle Factory? I stop pretty much every year.

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Rocky Shore with beach and lake Lake Pepin

This year my “Laura” calendar is from Pepin County. March’s photo is the Pepin Pickling Company back when it was pickling pickles. Right on Lake Pepin on the town of Pepin’s lakeshore, it’s a lovely building. Today it’s a restaurant. During Laura days last year all the waitresses wore bonnets. That kind of commitment deserves your business. The food was really good, too and the line much shorter than the nearby and more famous Harbor Inn.

Find out more on their website: http://www.pepinpicklefactory.com

UPDATED December 16 2016: I added the photo, a link to their website, and my current signature block.

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…

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Mary Ingalls ISBSSS Society Update Fall 2016

Below is a release from the Mary Ingalls Society in Vinton.

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Mary Ingalls Glass Ornament

The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society hosted a record 10 bus tours this summer and fall.  We also welcomed 120 Vinton-Shellsburg 6th grade students in May as well as many other groups and individuals.  The total is just shy of 900 people.  There are already tours pending for this coming summer.

Recent news of the possible sale of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to the city of Vinton or some other entity has caused many of us to come to the realization this School which has been part of the community fabric for 154 years could cease to exist.   It has also made the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society more keenly aware of the need to continue the work of preservation and cataloguing artifacts.  Many hours and several hundred dollars of archival storage and preservation materials have already been invested, but much more remains to be done.  Grant money has been secured to assist in these efforts, but they only partially cover what is needed.  The IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society’s membership and donations from concerned citizens provide the main source of funds and manpower needed to complete this task.

The Society is currently seeking new and renewed memberships (at $20.00 per year) as well as donations to continue our work.  Checks can be made payable to VCF/IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society and mailed to Box 326, Vinton, Iowa 52349.

If you have not recently been or have never been to the school for a visit, this would seem to be the perfect time to do so.  The school is much more than a lovely campus with well maintained grounds that you drive by without really thinking about.  It is an integral part of our history as a community.   Come and let us show you around.  You can arrange a time by calling 472-5200 and speaking with either Pat Barr or Yvette Baker. 

Thank you for considering joining the efforts of the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society.