Although you will see a handful of events during February, March is pretty slow. Mansfield, MO, the most southern of the sites and so least likely to be hit by a spring snowstorm, opens March 1st.
There is also going to be a joint Beatrix Potter-Laura Ingalls Wilder event in San Diego, California on March 23-24, 2018. Learn more.
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.
Put out and supported by Potter’s publishers, it puts in one spot everything from information about Potter’s life and work to events based on her you might want to attend to where to buy a snuggley, stuffed toy Peter Rabbit, plus games to play. While I think the homepage is a bit too complex and crowded and it looks like certain things were done because it was “cool” not because it was the best way to do it (something Potter – who even argued with translators to make sure they had exactly the right shade of meaning in their words – would abhor), overall I salute them for investing in the creation and upkeep of this central gathering place of all things Beatrix Potter. I hope that they not only invest it its upkeep, but that other such literary dynasties are inspired to put something together that makes a wonderful place of people who love the work to find information along with where to buy things, instead of just someone in marketing’s idea of what “fun” thing would encourage people to buy more.
One thing I learned from the site is that there is actually a Beatrix Potter theme park in the United Kingdom, which has just been added to my life goals list, next to attending a Potter conference. http://www.hop-skip-jump.com