Thanksgiving Round Up 2015

Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving again this year.

Sarah's Notebook

I didn’t get a Thanksgiving podcast scheduled this year, which is probably a good thing since I’ve got the begginnings of what I hope isn’t a nasty cold. 😦 But that shouldn’t stop you from checking out what I did for Thanksgiving in years past.

The Turkey and Me

My favorite Thanksgiving quote:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/11/23/thanksgiving/

I interviewed the spokesmodel for Thanksgiving herself Kathleen Wall of Plimouth Plantation. Kathleen represents foodways programming at the ultimate Pilgrim site all year.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/thanksgiving-spokesmodel-podcast

Another year I interviewed Sandy Oliver, co-author of Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie and former editor of the late and VERY much lamented Food History News.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/thanksgiving-trundlebed-tales/

Back in 2013 I put together a program on Thanksgiving that I co-presented with Kathleen at the Association of Living History Farms and Museums focused on how we owe the Victorians, not the Pilgrims for the Thanksgiving we celebrate today. I…

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Laura Ingalls Wilder 2018 Season Ends

Snow & Ice Covered Road
After It Got Light Trying To Get to Urbandale

October usually is about the end of the main Laura Ingalls Wilder season for the year. If you plan a Laura trip during or after October, make sure you call ahead. They may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see. On the plus side you get autumn foliage and then snow photos. I called around and checked websites to find out when the Laura museums were officially closing for the year. Find contact information for the homesites/museums here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/laura-links/

The weather forecast is still calling for a cold and snowy winter once it does arrive so account for that possibility in your plans if you are planning a winter trip.

Pepin, WI – Closed for the season Oct. 28, 2018.

Independence, KS – September 1st, switch to reduced winter hours.  Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10-5 pm starting in September till November 1st. They closed for the season on November 4, 2018.

Walnut Grove, MN – Museum grounds closed for the season October 31, 2018, but their Gift Shop/Visitor Center will remain open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 and closed Sunday. Our museum buildings will reopen in April, weather permitting.

Burr Oak, IA – Closed October 20, 2018. Beginning in September they have reduced hours.

De Smet, SD –
Memorial Society – open all year with slightly reduced hours during winter, MondayFriday 9 am -4 pm. They suggest tour times at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Ingalls Homestead – Open depending on the weather through October and then closed at the end of October. Office remains open for making reservations, etc. Call and leave a message if they don’t pick up. Scheduled activities only take place through September 30th. People are welcome to walk around even after they are closed for the year. Look for maps in plastic holders beside visitor center/gift shop doors.

Mansfield, MO – Season ends November 15, 2018. Winter hours are November 16 – December 15 by appointment only (call ahead). Bookstore 10 am -2 pm. They will reopen December 1st for a Christmas event.

Malone, NY – Closed October 27, 2018. Can arrange tours by appointment if volunteers available . Minimum admission is $25 for three or less. Four or more admitted at regular price. Arrange by e-mailing farm@almanzowilderfarm.com Re-opens for Christmas With Almanzo event (1 Day) December 1, 2018.

Spring Valley, MN – They closed for the season at the end of October, but they reopen for one day for a Christmas tea. Reservations required.

Keystone, SD – Closed September 15, 2018.

Vinton, IA –  Closed

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.

 

T-Shirt of the Month November 2018

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 monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Brown shirt tied with twine
Wrapped Shirt from Loftus Store

The Loftus Store always has interesting shirts. Some of my favorites I’ve shared come from there like my tie dyed oh my gosh it’s hot shirt and my silhouette t-shirt. This one comes so cute tied up with twine.

Brown shirt with golden stitching
Embroidered Little Town shirt

I was very glad to get it because it’s the chocolate color I love. I like tan and brown shirts for Laura travel. They are hard to find.

Tan Embroidery of Various Colors
Embroidered Little Town on the Prairie

I especially like that instead of being printed like most shirts, it’s sewn. You can see the stitching a little better at an angle.

Angle Shot of Embroidery
Angle Shot of Embroidery

I think this is the perfect shirt for a fall Laura trip.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder autI think hority 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.

Top 10 Posts During October 2018

Stone that says Laura Rocks!
Stone from Memorial Society Garden

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.

News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

Sloo and Slough aka Emily of Deep Valley

In the Kitchen Pepper Rings

All Iowa Reads Finalists

Quote: Wilder as Myth

Laura Bush in Mansfield 2008

Quote: Dates Appear

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder First Book Now TV Show

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Trundlebedtales Comes to YouTube

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2018

Photo in Wilder Farmhouse – Courtesy of Connie Jenkins

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

It’s time to get in the mood for the holidays and for many families attending a Laura Ingalls Wilder play. There are four titles that are currently running on the circuit.

  • A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks
  • A Little House Christmas by James DeVita
  • Melodies and Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Little House Christmas at Plum Creek by Lisa Cordes

I’ve only found productions of the first two works this year, but I’ve included information for all four in case you want to encourage a local theater group to put one on for next year. Remind them there are only SO many versions of A Christmas Carol they can do and one of these might make a fun change.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks

If you want your local group to try it next year, check out the script and production rights. Learn the basics. Check out the author’s page.

Here’s a clip from a production in 2012.

Columbia, TN

Nov. 16-17, 2018

Basic Information:
https://www.buildingblockarts.com/upcoming-events/xp36zzdffrx9mg4skkkc37tkyn8f8b

Building Block School for the Arts
Location: 700 Woodland Street
Columbia, TN 38401
E-mail: buildingblockarts@gmail.com

Phone: (931) 442-5007

Greenwood, SC

Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, 2018

Basic Information:
https://www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com/Show/Details/54

Abbeville Opera House
Location: 100 Court Square Abbeville, SC 29620
Email: operahouse@wctel.net
Phone: (864) 366-2157

“A Little House Christmas”

Check with the author for production rightsLearn more about him.

Shots from a production.

Eau Claire, WI

Dec. 7-8, 14-16, 2018

Basic Information:
https://ecct.org/upcoming-shows/a-little-house-christmas
ECCT

Location: 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, 54701,

E-mail: info@ecct.org
Phone: (715) 839-8877

Lincoln, NE

December 7-9, 2018

Basic Information:
https://www.lincoln.org/play/event/144961-a-little-house-christmas

Lincoln Community Playhouse
Location: 2500 S 56th Street
Ticket Price: TBA
Time: TBA
Phone: (402) 489-7529

“Melodies and Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

Check out this clip from a 2009 production. No current productions found this year. Find out more if you want to put it on.

“A Little House Christmas at Plum Creek”

No current productions this year.

Here’s a story about it’s release.

UPDATED November 12 2018: Of course as soon as I published it I got a lead on another show. This one isn’t for Christmas, but I wanted to add it. Thanks to Judy Green for sharing about it.

“Patchwork – the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

I hadn’t heard about this show before, but it looks like it was around since at least 2010, is aimed at an elementary school audience, and doesn’t seem to have had many performances – at least that hit the internet. It isn’t a Christmas show, but since there is a production coming in February I’m including it.

Toledo, OH

February 17, 2019

Basic Information:
https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6606386/patchworkthe-little-house-life-of-laura-ingalls-wilder-toledo-valentine-theatre

Valentine Theatre
Location: 410 Adams St.
Toledo, OH 43604
E-mail: jjex@valentinetheatre.com (executive director)
Phone: (419) 242-3490

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.

11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Remembering the World War I Anniversary.

Sarah's Notebook

I hope that everybody took the opportunity to at least think about how grateful we are to the veterans who’ve given their lives, their limbs, or their youth to give us our freedom. Today is a good day to think about that and how you use that freedom. If you didn’t do something to thank a veteran today, they will also be glad to be remembered tomorrow.

UPDATED November 10 2018:

It’s the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. This is an expecially important Veteran’s Day to remember. I added my signature block.

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…

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Mentions October 2018

Sarah Uthoff on Grand Staircase in Galena IL

I just had one mention during October and it was a pretty small one at that, but my session at the Iowa Library Association did rate a short mention.

[Sarah Uthoff at ILA]. The Gazette [Cedar Rapids], 14 Oct. 2018.

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.