Everybody likes you to get their name right. (FYI you say the U in Uthoff, you don’t pronounce it.) Many people get hung up, saying Al-MON-zo, instead of Al-MAN-zo for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband. For a chance to hear authors say their own names. Look at this website that was recently recommended on LM_Net.
UPDATED March 31 2017: All these years later and it’s still a very useful website. Look for your favorite author’s name recorded in their own voice. I fixed a typo, checked the link, and added 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 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 onFacebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.
Awhile back I posted about our bottle lambs. We had five for a little while, but over the last few weeks we lost two of them. You can battle death hand to hand on a farm, but you don’t always win. The ewe lamb went a girl who wants to eventually show sheep in 4-H. The two boys went to a farm that usually does farm tours for local schools. They should get a lot of love there, but it was hard to say goodbye to them yesterday. My grandmother points out that we still have 4 ewes to go, so we might have some bottle lambs yet, especially because it’s supposed to drop below freezing tomorrow night. Last year we kept our one bottle lamb well into the summer. Bobbolink got to the point where he would bite through any nipple we gave him, so I had to teach him to drink out of a bucket. It’s harder than it sounds. Lambs have the instinct that they have to but their mother to get her to let down milk. It makes for some interesting feedings.
We also had our first calf born on Saturday. We have Herefords and they look adorable as baby calves. It was touch and go for a little bit, but she had it on her own and it’s been up and running around.
This last weekend I had a great time playing Laura both days. Saturday I was at the Des Moines Public Library (our capitol city) and Sunday I did a program down in Washington, Iowa. Both days I did Packing Up, so I was playing Laura in 1894. Over the winter I had gotten a great new trunk to replace the old basket I used to use and it was a big hit. Now to get a few more replicas so I don’t have to switch them between boxes and it will be great!
On the way home we stopped at a supermarket aimed at the growing hispanic community. We had been there this summer with a diversity class and wanted some more mango Jell-o. They had some head cheese and I got some, adding another photo to my growing collection of foods mentioned in Laura’s books. My grandmother says it was much hotter and more opaque than what they used to make at home.
Both Malone and Burke, New York are in Franklin County. The Franklin County historical society, calls itself the “Franklin House of History.” Re-organized in the early 1960s, it served as a de facto Laura site for many years. It was only in the mid-1980s that separate organization devoted especially to Laura, Manly and the rest of the Wilder family formed. Prior to that it was the Franklin House of History that sponsored the yearly display at the Franklin County Fair, hosted a Wilder exhibit, and published things about the Wilders. The “Almanzo Wilder Stories” newsletter celebrating their anniversary in the early 1980s is still available from the Franklin House. They also hold Eliza Jane and Alice’s papers.
What’s new is they have started reprinting, in book form, their early, and long out of print newsletters. Available in both softcover or hardback they are in three books, Collection 1 (Vol. 1-5), Collection 2 (Vol. 6-10), and Collection 3 (just out – Vol. 11-15). I haven’t seen these first hand because I got the originals second hand, but if you haven’t I think this would be great. Collection 1 has Dorothy Smith’s early Wilder articles.
You can contact them at:
Franklin House of History
P.O. Box 388
Malone NY 12953
UPDATED March 25, 2016: I moved the website link up into the body of blog post and added the Malone photo. Be sure to check out the comment from Peter Ingalls decedent below.
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 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.
Last week Kirkwood Community College presented Beyond Rubies. It’s a woman’s conference that’s been going for years. The name comes from the Bible verse about a virtuous woman being valued beyond rubies.
I did 3 sessions this year. One was on Laura and I did two more for the first time. My new presentations were on Introduction to Oral History and Introduction to Genealogy. They went really well and I think people really enjoyed it.
Sheep LOVE bad weather to lamb in. I don’t know what it is, but a good storm is all that’s needed and you’ll be sure to get at least one. Here’s something I bet you don’t know. Sheep only have two teets. Sometimes they have triplets or more, but then they just have to share. Sometimes the odd triplet out fights back in and does fine. Sometimes it does fine, IF you supplement it with some bottle feedings. Sometimes the odd triplet out dies immediately. Sometimes the mother just out right rejects it or lets it get too cold and then you have to rescue the lamb. It becomes a bottle lamb and has to be feed at least every 3 hours. Our first set of triplets this year picked the night of a big ice storm. We saved two of them. The next set of triplets didn’t even have the bad weather excuse, but we got the odd lamb. Last night, it had been in the 70s during the day and the temperature had dropped like a stone and the wind came up. This signaled two sheep it was time to lamb. One of them decided to try to push two lambs out at once (one facing each way) and we had to call the vet, Chance, who was at our house by 11:30pm. The long and short of it was two more rescued lambs. The inside of their mouths were freezing cold. From 10pm when the first one came in until they were finally warmed up enough for the night at 12:30am, it was towel rubbing, hair dryer blowing, bottle feeding, and all the rest. In Australia and maybe on the big ranches out west ,they throw them to the wind and who lives lives, but around here you fight for every lamb. They both made it, I’m glad to say, but this makes 5 bottle lambs for at least a week. I don’t know how we’ll cope every 3 hours.
One of the ladies involved with the Affluenza special, now has a TV Show on PBS called Simple Living. A recently broadcast
episode from season 3, shows a little bit of the Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa and talks about reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Find episode descriptions and a way to buy DVDs on http://www.simplelivingtv.net . It isn’t available as a single episode, but it is included in the season 3 set.
Her website is now dead, but the TV Guide website has a deal with Hulu so for now anyway (in April 2014) you can watch the episode for free. Click here to watch it. I did buy Season 3 on DVD before her site closed down. I doubt you can still find new copies, but if you’d like one of your own keep an eye out on used book/DVD sites.