Cast Reunion 2019 Pageant Tickets Are Now Available

Cast on Stage Courtesy of Linda Starbuck
Cast on Stage
Courtesy of Linda Starbuck

Wilder Pageant Tickets are on sale now! Shows are July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2019. Tickets are $20 for Reserved Seating and $18 for General Admission on July 5, 6, 19, and 20. The Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion is July 12 and 13. Tickets for those nights are $35 for Reserved Seats and $33 for General Admission. You can purchase tickets by going online at http://walnutgrove.org/ticket-information.html or by calling (888) 859-3102.

The signing will take place during the day in town, but in the evening on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a question and answer session at the pageant. The pageant is a classic play put together to tell the story of Laura’s family during their time in Walnut Grove. In place of the normal pre-show they bring the whole cast on stage and take questions from the audience. These tickets are for the play and question and answer session out at the pageant grounds.

The pageant itself is well worth the ticket. So is getting the reserved seats so you can sit in the folding chairs. I suggest the red section if you can get them because they are in the middle right in front of the stage. If they put the questions on the house set again the green section is right in front of it. I need to update my travel advice post, but it still is useful.

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.

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No Laura November 2018

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I don’t have much to report as far as events and I don’t have any programs. BUT look for posts including end of the season for the homesites, upcoming Christmas events, Christmas list suggestions, a tribute to Jean Coday, and new podcast episodes.

Plus follow me on Twitter for my gratitude quote each day in November.

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.

Quote: Dates Appear

It’s that time of year.

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I meant to save this to write a longer post later. I hit the wrong button and it popped up before I was done. So the short version – Here’s the story. The Kirkwood Community College Print Services have been trying to urge people to go there early. This is my favorite quote from them below because it is all too true.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Go to Print Services Early This Holiday Season

9. Dates on your calendar are closer than they appear.

UPDATED November 2 2018:

This is a great quote to remember this time of year because whether you are in school or just getting ready for the holidays, dates on the calendar ARE closer than they appear. I fixed the formatting, did some slight editing to make it clearer as a stand alone, and added my current signature block.

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Laura Bush in Mansfield 2008

Looking back to Mansfield in October 2008.

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My beautiful pictureFirst Lady Laura Bush should be coming to Mansfield today (October 3, 2008). I’m so glad that she is taking this opportunity while she is still in office to highlight the Wilder museum at Mansfield. I have often thought that it was an underused function of the bully pulpit of high office to highlight museums, historic sites, and libraries around the country and Mansfield certainly deserves it. Neither the White House or the museum seems to be giving much information and I’m certain Mrs. Bush will not have too much time for touring, but the publicity should be priceless. Mrs. Bush has long held Wilder is one of her favorite authors and even organized a White House conference that included Wilder as one of three great women authors of the west. The conference was one in a series of literary conferences which I hope will remain as a lasting record…

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Quote: Wilder as Myth

A beautiful quote about the archetype along the trail.

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Covered Wagon Sets Off Yet Again…Along the Unknown Trail

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, is America’s Tristan und Isolde. It is one of those myths by which a country’s spirit moves. In the heart of every Yankee is the picture of Pa, Ma, the brave little girls and the log cabin left behind as the covered wagon sets off yet again across the inevitable creek, along the unknown trail.”

So said Linda Blandford in the July 7, 1987 issue of the London Guardian. (Aren’t databases wonderful.)

UPDATED October 23 2018: I fixed the formatting on the quote. It’s an amazing one that I thrill to read again every time. I added my signature block and a photo of me in a wagon.

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News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

Original Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove during June 2017
Original Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove during June 2017

A couple of years ago the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, Minnesota purchased the former Masters Hotel right across the street. This was the original masters Hotel that Laura talks about in Pioneer Girl before they move to Burr Oak, Iowa.

Looking in Through the Windows of the Walnut Grove Masters Hotel
Looking in Through the Windows of the Walnut Grove Masters Hotel in June 2017

It was purchased with the idea of restoring it, but once money was raised and the process begun it was determined the building was too far gone. They tore it down and decided to focus attention on the Master Store/Meeting Hall Building next door which it is believed Pa helped build.

Read more in this article by Kathleen Miller Brandt

http://www.ncppub.com/pages/?p=8470#more-8470http://www.ncppub.com/pages/?p=8470#more-8470

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Brandt also shared with me another article and gave me permission to share it here:

Eleck Nelson Early settler of Walnut Grove

By Kathy Brandt

Some people spend their lives chasing fame, while others never have a clue that they will someday have a claim to fame. That was certainly true for Eleck Nelson, an early settler in the Walnut Grove area. Eleck Nelson was born on September 29, 1846 in Gran Kommune (Parish), Oppland fylke, Norway. This coming Saturday would have been his 172 birthday. He died on July 15, 1931, and he was the oldest resident as far as the number of years living in Walnut Grove. Eleck came to Redwood County in the 1870s, and according to information found on Ancestry.com,did not file for the patent on his homestead until 1881, because his intent to become a citizen was not filed until then.

In 1871, he married Olena. The family settled in North Hero Township, where at least several of their children were born. Their seven children were: Annie (the Anna Laura Ingalls Wilder mentioned) who was born in 1872 and died in 1890, Mary, Fred, Albert, Samuel, Julia and Hjelmer. Little did he know in 1874, when he stepped in to help new neighbors, Charles and Caroline Ingalls, that he, Olena and Annie would go down in history and would forever be famous in a book and a television series.

Eleck Nelson seems to have been a colorful character. According to family notes on Ancestry,com, he sold the farm in 1892 and purchased 80 acres just north of the Walnut Grove town site. He held many positions in the next several years. He owned a butcher shop, and, it is believed, employed his friend Charles Ingalls, who had returned to Walnut Grove following their time in Burr Oak, Iowa. He also opened a saloon, worked as a stock buyer and dealer, was a supervisor for North Hero Township, was a rural mail carrier, served on the Walnut Grove village board for ten years and served as the mayor for four years.

A big story is told that one night Eleck got extremely drunk. The city constable was going to shut down Nelson’s saloon and take Eleck to jail. But someone had warned Olena, so she came into town with the horse and wagon, got Eleck into the back of the wagon because he was too drunk to sit on the seat up front, and she took him home before the constable could get to the saloon. Olena died in 1921, and was buried close to daughter Annie on the eastern edge of the North Hero Township Cemetery. Sometime after Olena died, Eleck began to keep company with a “woman of ill repute” from Tracy. Things got so bad, that the village actually passed laws that mainly pertained to her and her presence in town. Finally, the sheriff was able to “run her out of town on a rail” and she apparently never came back.

Eleck Nelson died in 1931 and was buried beside his wife and daughter in the North Hero Township cemetery. Six years after his death, he was made famous when his old neighbor’s daughter, Laura Ingalls Wilder, immortalized some of his family in her book about their years in the Walnut Grove Area, On the Banks of Plum Creek. Eleck didn’t seek fame, and certainly didn’t expect to be made famous. His tombstone tells the story of a simple man, an immigrant, a pioneer, a farmer, a husband and a father. A simple man to the end.

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.

Trundlebedtales Comes to YouTube

Reminding you about my videos.

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I just wanted to let everybody know that I started a new channel on YouTube. So far I’ve uploaded two short videos I filmed while I was in Pepin for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days. I hope to add more and that you will enjoy them. I’ve also added links to the Ingalls Homestead orientation video and a recording of them playing Pa’s fiddle at Wilder Days. Please come take a look.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Trundlebedtales

UPDATED October 13 2018: The YouTube channel has been going for a long while now. I kind of abandoned it after Google bought it and required you use Google+ in order to use it. Now I’ve started posting again.

You can also find the videos cross posted on Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/trundlebedtales

I also added the photo of the header and my current signature block.

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