DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

A big Laura Ingalls Wilder conference was held by the South Dakota State Society History Conference April 28 – 29, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There was a lot of excitement when TPTB announced they were going to be offering DVDs of the proceedings. I haven’t done my full report on the conference yet — I’ve been waiting to rewatch on the DVDs first — but I did interview Nancy Koupal about it.

John E. Miller
John E. Miller

DVDs of Conference Available

Full information about the DVDs was coming later AND it’s finally later. Whether you attended in person or not, you can purchase a set of the DVDs of the full conference.

The cost is $50 for the full set, plus $5 for shipping, and it includes 7 DVDs that cover the entire conference.

You may pay by check, please make it to SD Historical Society Conference, or credit card by calling (605) 773-6009.

Mail checks to:
Jennifer E. McIntyre
Marketing Director
Associate Editor
South Dakota Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

What’s On It?

Find out more information about the conference. It has the full presentations of all speakers. The speakers were the people who had been selected to submit essays for Pioneer Girl Perspectives which was released at the conference.

Featured Speakers

William Anderson, an award-winning historian and author, has written extensively on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House novels. Hear his podcast episode.

Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America’s two-volume edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.

Michael Patrick Hearn, a scholar of American literature, is one of the country’s leading specialists in children’s literature and its illustrators.

Nancy Tystad Koupal is director and editor-in-chief of the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Hear her podcast episode.

Elizabeth Jameson has conducted in-depth studies into the history of women in the West, including the pioneer narratives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.

Sallie Ketcham is the author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie, which is a part of the Routledge Historical Americans series.

Amy Lauters is the author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, which explores Lane’s literary and journalistic career.

John E. Miller has published three books on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, career, and place as a Midwestern woman. Hear his podcast episode.

Paula M. Nelson has written extensively on rural women’s history and the agricultural settlement of the Great Plains.

Ann Romines won the Children’s Literature Association’s award for best scholarly book on children’s literature for Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Noel Silverman has worked with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy for over forty-five years and as counsel to the Little House Heritage Trust since its inception.

Upcoming Post

Once I’ve had a chance to watch it again look for my full report on the conference.

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.

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Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Well after waiting for a full year day one of the South Dakota Historical Society’s Laura Ingalls Wilder conference is in the books and I have to say I really enjoyed it. If you want to read all of the tweets for the conference search Twitter for #SDHeritage

I especially want to point out the Little House on the Prairie Twitter account since their phone has a much better camera than mine does.

Remember you don’t need to have a Twitter account to read tweets.

I’m not going to transfer all of the Tweets over right now, but here are some highlights.

 

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Next two books in the Pioneer Girl “series” announced

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More details on buying the DVDs of conference coming soon

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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 onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

 

Mary J. Holmes famous writer

Why You Should Know and Love Holmes

Mary J. Holmes is the best selling author that you probably have never heard of. Holmes was a leading author of the 19th century, but she slowly fell out of favor. I knew about her because she was one of the favorite authors of my Great-Grandmother. She was such a favorite author that she named her oldest daughter, my grandmother, after a character in the collection of short stories Homestead on the Hillside. It was because of that I started to collect Holmes books and discovered that there is frustratingly little information about her.

https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/book-homestead-on-the-hillside

 

Then Ann Romines pointed out in Constructing the Little House that Millbank, the only novel mentioned by name in the “Little House” series, was written by Holmes. I admit I never made the connection. That has made me love Holmes even more. [Ed. Note: In the post under the Listen to Millbank below, I updated that post when Nancy Cleaveland pointed out that there is a second novel mentioned by name, Stories From the Moorland. Get more details at that post.]

I frequently look for people tweeting about Mary J. Holmes and admit I almost never find any. So I was delighted to find this wonderful post.

https://web.archive.org/web/20120303150926/http://www.stompinggrounds.com/blog-best-selling-author-you%E2%80%99ve-never-heard-of%E2%80%A6

Listen to Millbank

Since I love Holmes, I wanted to use Millbank as one of my Read Aloud Day selections.

https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/millbank-world-read-aloud-day

What Happened to Brown Cottage

Holmes house was called Brown Cottage. It was well known enough that there were postcards sold of it. Unlike Rocky Ridge or the other Laura homesites, Brown Cottage was not preserved as a museum or restored as one. It does, however, still stand.

https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/mary-j-holmes-house-part-2

UPDATE: February 25, 2015 – I was going to link to this post today so I went through and updated this. I fixed the link to the essay and added links to later Mary J. Holmes posts.

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

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, that I got when they were cleaning out my great-grandmother’s house, actually has my great-GREAT-grandmother’s name inside.

The reason I had already started to buy copies of each Holmes book I ran across at flea markets

Inscription in book

and used book stores was because of a very personal connection the family had with the book. In my travels I often run across people who were named after Laura Ingalls Wilder, but my grandmother was named after a character in Homestead, Orianna. She was very proud of her unusual name and as she said “I had it to myself for over 60 years” (she was quite disgusted when she read in a paper that one of a pair of local twins had also been named that – no idea where they got it from, we didn’t know them). It was quite the experience when I read in a book for the first time the story that gave my grandmother her name, just as my great-great-grandmother, great-grandmother, and grandmother had before me, in the same copy of the book no less. So when I read Mary J. Holmes was the author of Millbank in Romines book I was amazed that here was another connection between Laura and me that I didn’t know– our families loved the same author.

UPDATE April 18, 2015: My friend Nancy Cleaveland (Pioneer Girl) pointed out that there is a second fiction book mentioned by name. Both Romines and I both missed a novel by title. In Little Town on the Prairie Chapter 19 – Whirl of Gaiety, Carrie receives a novel for Christmas. Laura calls it Stories OF the Moorland, but the correct title is Stories FROM the Moorland.” I thought it might be short stories based on the title, but Nancy confirmed “It does have stories, but in the same way that Pa tells Laura stories.” Thanks for the correction.

This follow up post about Holmes includes links to posts about Holmes’s house and a podcast of me reading it in a podcast for World Read Aloud Day.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/millbank-world-read-aloud-day

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.