Union Pacific Museum

April 26, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Earlier this week I sent the link to this post around as part of the bicentennial of the Lincoln assassination. Looking it over I decided it could use a little updating, so I did mostly with information about the LIncoln connection.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Union Pacific Museum Union Pacific Museum

Along one side of Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa is the old public library building. Rather than see this beautiful old building go to waste when a new public library was built, it was restored to be the Union Pacific Museum. This was a fairly good company type museum.

Lincoln's Funeral Car Exterior Funeral Car Exterior

I especially liked the displays that showed the furniture and silver from the Lincoln funeral car is on exhibit. They had just fitted out a new Presidential car to use on the Union Pacific railroad. It was finished in time to use it as a funeral car. The fittings were returned to Union Pacific who now displays it in their company museum. Find more close up photos of what’s there on their page.

http://www.uprrmuseum.org/museum/exhibits/about_lincoln_collection.shtml

The exhibit on Grenville Dodge which were very well done and interesting. They also showed one of the gold spikes…

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Franklin Historical Society and Other AmazonSmiles Laura Organizations

April 22, 2015

The Franklin Historical Society, headquartered in the Franklin House of History, has had some financial difficulties in the last few years. As part of their on-going fundraising efforts they’ve recently joined the Amazon Smile. LIWA

History of the House of History

Before the restoration of the Almanzo Wilder Farm, the Franklin Historical Society was the place to go in Malone, New York to learn about the James Wilder family. Their displays and photos (they had a gorgeous set of 5 X 7s that I don’t have copies of in my collection yet, but you can seem them at the museum in Pepin) provided a peek at farm life in Malone about that time. They also published Dorothy Smith’s early research articles in their impressive historic publications.

Amazon Smile

Amazon has created a program where if you go in through Amazon smile instead of straight a small percentage of every purpose (taken off Amazon’s share – prices don’t increase) and donate it to your chosen destination. Learn more about it on their FAQs. I’ve thought this was a great idea. I’ve been supporting the USS Constitution aka Old Iron Sides, but have been encouraging the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites to adopt the program. I hadn’t heard of any of them doing so and they hadn’t last time I checked, but it looks like several have come on board since then.

Franklin Historical Society is the first museum even tangentially related to Laura Ingalls Wilder to publicize that they’ve joined the program and it led me to search again and quite a few Laura organizations have joined. If you shop on Amazon, please consider going in through Amazon Smiles. Find it online at: http://smile.amazon.com To support Franklin County,
search for FCHMS by searching for EIN: 14-1499839 or by keyword.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Amazon Smile Organizations

If you search the Amazon Smiles site, you can now give a percentage to:

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association – Mansfield MO
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society Incorporated – De Smet SD
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum & Tourist Center – Walnut Grove MN
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society – De Smet SD
  • Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association – Malone NY
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum Inc – Burr Oak IA

You can also switch your organization as often as you want so join up with Amazon Smile today.

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 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.

Paul Revere’s Ride

April 20, 2015

April 19, 2015 was the 240th anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride. While it isn’t historically accurate, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride is a brilliant poem that conveys the excitement and importance of the historic ride. I recorded it as a podcast.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2015/04/19/ep-66-paul-reveres-ride

Although modern Boston is a sprawling city, the city core known by the colonialists was built on the walking city model so many historic buildings from different times are practically on top of one another. You can explore many of them by walking The Freedom Trail. There are two places important to the story preserved today. The one that gives you the most information about Paul Revere is the Paul Revere House. They have a nice section on history and are very active on social media. The Old North Church is still an active church, but it was where the “Two if By Sea” lanterns were hung.

You can visit the sites of Lexington and Concord in Minute Man National Park, including the Concord Bridge. The Old Manse was home of many literary giants and is JUST on the other side of the Concord Bridge. Amazingly close to the events of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The Mystic River has tides because it’s in the Tidewater section. Here is the description of how it works. And the children’s book I recommended about Paul Revere is And Then What Happened Paul Revere?

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 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.

Book: Homestead on the Hillside

April 19, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Today’s update is a post about one of my other favorite authors, Mary J. Holmes.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Homestead on the Hillside

Today I want to talk about Mary J. Holmes. One of the things I got out of Anne Romines’s book, Constructing the Little House, was that she pointed out the author of Millbank. It’s the only novel mentioned by name in the “Little House” series. I was familiar with the mention and quote in On the Banks of Plum Creek of course, but never quite got around to looking for it. I was astonished at the author’s name because it was one I was already well familiar with — Mary J. Holmes. Holmes was a very popular author in the mid- to late-19th century. Not only that, but she was the author of my Great-Grandmother Buchmayer’s favorite book Homestead on the Hillside. Homestead is a collection of novelettes of fairly typical romantic stories, each with a twist and a happy ending. My copy…

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2015 Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

April 17, 2015

Spring Valley, Minnesota is one of the smaller Laura Ingalls Wilder sites. Spring Valley is where Almanzo’s parents moved once they left Malone, New York. Laura, Almanzo and Rose moved there from De Smet when Diphtheria proved the straw that broke the camel’s back. Royal ultimately returned as well and is buried there. Today you can still see a barn on the former Wilder farm which is believed to date to the time (it’s private property look from the road) and a museum where they have done an amazing job of pulling together everything they could about the James Wilder family even ads from Royal’s store. The museum is located in a former church. It was finished shortly after Laura and Manly’s arrival and they attended with the Wilders.

Spring Valley MN Events

Spring Valley Church Museum

Spring Valley Church Museum

Their town event is called Wilder Fest. This year the dates are May 16-17 and the museum will be open that week-end but officially opens the next week-end (Memorial Week-end) the 23rd.

In June they have our annual Ice Cream Social on Friday the 19th from 5pm -7pm at the museum, complete with homemade BBQ pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans, and of course, pie and ice cream.

They will also be holding their Eliza Jane School Days this year again in July -The 27-28 and 30-31. They are trying two 2 day sessions to accommodate more students, though they can come for one day and still have a lot of fun. It runs from 9am – 11:30 each day. Just a touch of old fashioned school days and living in the late 1800s.

If you want to try a different Wilder experience head to Southeast Minnesota.

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 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.

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers April 2015

April 13, 2015

Fake Tintype7Show me the numbers they say and I was inspired by a poster for a concert at Kirkwood that included the performer’s number of Facebook likes. I thought, “I can do that!” I did previous posts Trundlebed Tales by the Numbers August 19, 2013,  December 14, 2013 June 8, 2014, and December 19, 2014. It’s a collection of raw numbers of my online activities. I think it will be interesting to track. Today’s post numbers are as of April 12, 2015.

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales: 1,206

Total number of blog post views: 105,367

Highest number of views in a single day: 332

Number of YouTube videos onTrundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 69

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel:95

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel44,498

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel12,699

For a total of YouTube views: 57,197

Number of Followers on Twitter: 1,500

Number of Friends on Facebook: 553

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Page: 361

Number of connections on LinkedIn216

Number in circles on Google Plus: 208

Views on Google Plus: 16,662

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio89,242

Highest listen number for an individual episode: 5,999

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 88

Followers on Academia.edu: 13

Photos added on Flickr: 10 (Need to work on this one)

Videos added on Vimeo13 (total watches not part of Vimeo statistics)

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.

Book: Laddie: A True Blue Story by Gene Stratton-Porter

April 12, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Tonight we’re revisiting Laddie a post about Laddie. I made a few minor edits and added the signature block.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

Laddie: A True Blue Story

I recently was considering all the people that I tweet with on Twitter. There are Laura Ingalls Wilder people of many stripes, L.M. Montgomery/Anne people, Maude Hart Lovelace/Betsy-Tacy people, children’s literature people, general writing people, history people, living history people, museum people, etc. But I hadn’t found any people yet tweeting about two other authors I really enjoy, Mary J. Holmes (who I recently posted about) and Gene Stratton-Porter. So I decided I better start making some noise about them myself.

Porter, best known today in her native Indiana, combined nature writing with romantic stories. Never popular with the critics, her books were very popular with readers of the day. Her most famous series begins with Freckles and includes Girl of the Limberlost. The Limberlost being a swamp near her Geneva, Indiana home. Today two of her homes in Indiana are preserved. Make sure you…

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“Aunt Becky” Young – Civil War Heroine

April 9, 2015

trundlebedtales:

Today is another update I corrected the links that were here before and added one showing photos of the unveiling. I also added a note to clarify a reference to “this year” and decided the cities/battles should have the states with them so I added the postal abbreviations in quotes. I’ve been trying to add more women of Iowa to my blog posts so I’m glad to come back and re-visit Aunt Becky.

I’ve also added a new category to blog posts. It’s historic Iowa women. I’ve been trying to do more posts pointing out the many contributions of Iowa women and I finally decided it needed its own category. I’ll have to go back and add categories for previous posts.

Originally posted on Sarah's Notebook:

“Aunt Becky” Young was well-known during the Civil War and her efforts to take care of soldiers led many of them to have such fond memories that when she died in in 1908 newspapers around the country, including the New York Times, carried the headline “‘Aunt Becky’ Dies” secure that their readers would know who they meant.

“Aunt Becky” was not her real name. She was born Sarah A. Graham in Ithaca, New York in 1830 and had been married to Abel O. Palmer before the war started, so she was known as Sarah Palmer during the Civil War. She served as a nurse during the war, but she resented being called Mother by the wounded men as was commonly done at the time by soldiers not knowing a nurse’s name. One of the soldiers said she looked like his Aunt Becky and she figured that was better than…

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Mentions March 2015

April 7, 2015

Me and My Friend LucyOur mentions posts are round ups of articles and mentions of Sarah Uthoff or Trundlebed Tales in the media from the previous month, plus sometimes some bonuses that I’ve just come across from earlier months. Laura season is just getting started so there wasn’t a lot this month, but I did want to at least mention these two.

Sorry it’s in paper or through a database only but there was a lovely photo of me doing “In the Kitchen With Laura” at the Old Capitol Museum.
Noble, Jr. Michael. “‘Little House’ Themed Show Offers a Pinch of History.” Cedar Rapids Gazette. March 28, 2015. p. 7A

This is an article advertising my program in Vinton this week.
http://www.vintoniowa.org/articles/Events+and+Activities/article1014536.html

 

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 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.

Genealogy Programs

April 6, 2015
My great-grandparents and me

My great-grandparents and me

I’m going to start doing a more in-depth description of one of my programs each month. Check them all out. Which one would you like to see most?

Genealogy Basics (PowerPoint Presentation)

There are lots of genealogy presentations, workshops, and general how-to information out there. What makes my presentation different is that it covers genealogy basics from a librarian’s viewpoint. Librarians help people with research all the time and so I bring that viewpoint to the subject. I offer suggestions about how to get started. We have a short hands on activity to form your first research questions to work on and then dive into ideas about how to stay organized with your research. Sometimes when you drop into a new hobby or project you get lost in all the things you don’t know. If you don’t know the terms, the processes, the organizations and the businesses, it’s easy to get lost. I’ll go over the basics of those.  Then I’ll go over some dos and do nots based on things other people wish they had done differently. I’ll talk about not only how you begin gathering information, documents, artifacts, photos and other family treasures, but what you do with it once you collect it. I’ll cover some basic suggestions on how to store things, how long some things last, and warning signs to look out for.

I’ve done this program many times and it always gets a very positive response even from people who have been involved with genealogy for a long time because they get a fresh prospective. In one sitting it takes an hour and a half, so I’ve decided it may work well for people to offer it in two 1 hour sessions with some additional information. I haven’t done it that way yet, but I think it might work better.

Alternative Version – Genealogy for the Non-Genealogist Librarian

I’ve done a second program that explains genealogy and genealogists to librarians. It’s proved to be a popular program with sessions at a national and statewide conference and a regional workshop in the last couple of years. I’d be glad to do that version as well.

Find the Handouts here:

Pathfinder BeginGenWeb2013

I’ve used the same information to create a LibGuide.

Beginning Genealogy LibGuide

NOTE: This program is not covered by Humanities Iowa so normal rates apply.

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 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.


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