Mentions August 2014

Sarah Presenting Around the Next Bend
Sarah Presenting Around the Next Bend

Our mentions posts are round ups of articles and mentions of Sarah Uthoff or Trundlebed Tales in the media from the previous month, plus sometimes some bonuses that I’ve just come across from earlier months.

The press release from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library on “In the Kitchen With Laura.”
http://www.hoover.archives.gov/pressreleases/Labor%20Day%20LIW%20PR.pdf

I listed this last month, but since the event is still coming up, here it is again. Pepin Laura Days has launched a new website. They have included a PDF of me.
Sarah Uthoff

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 acting 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.

September 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

IMG_0176July and September tend to be the biggest months for Laura Ingalls Wilder related events around the country. If I’ve missed one please let me know.

Pepin WI

Laura Days – Sept. 13 and 14, 2014
http://www.lauradays.org

Independence KS

The annual fall Lamplight on the Prairie evening guided tour will take place on September 27th.  Lamplight on the Prairie takes you on a guided lamplight tour of our site with a special twist- at each tour stop you will meet the people from the pages of Laura’s books and Kansas history.  Our living history reenactors will bring history to life before your eyes.  Tours begin every half an hour and are limited to 15 people per tour.

Tickets can be purchased online  or in their gift shop in person beginning September 2, 2014.  We will launch an event page for Lamplight on September 2nd with the link to ticket sales and additional information about the event.

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant – Sept. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2014

Wilder Days Sept. 19-20, 2014 Laura Historian William T. Anderson will be speaking and Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder from the NBC TV Show)
http://www.laurasmemories.com

Malone/Burke NY

Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment Sept. 27 & 28, 2014

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

Good news, I’m returning as speaker!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered –In the Kitchen With Laura – Sept. 1, 2014 11 am and 2 pm
With Prairie Walks lead by Park Rangers at 9:30 am and 3:00 pm
http://www.hoover.archives.gov/pressreleases/Labor%20Day%20LIW%20PR.pdf

Other Iowa

Melissa Gilbert’s Book Tour has come to Iowa. Come see her on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
– 2:00 pm Cedar Rapids Public Library
http://newbobooks.com/events
7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Iowa City Public Library.
http://arts.uiowa.edu/events/live-prairie-lights-melissa-gilbert/2014-09-16

If you can’t come to either of the shows in Iowa, check out this listing of her other stops around the country.
http://www.abramsbooks.com/myprairiecookbook/

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 acting 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.

Busy Week

This was a great week, but incredibly busy. I really shouldn’t have agree to do so much in one week, but it just sort of snowballed. I started out at the Country School Association of America, the national one-room school conference.

http://www.countryschoolassociation.org

This time’s national meeting was at Ankeny, Iowa. It started out on Sunday with the Board Meeting. Unfortunately our president was struck ill en route and had to turn back, so our secretary had to step up to run the meeting and I got chosen to be acting secretary at both the Board Meeting and the Annual Membership Meeting.  It’s a great group and I learned a lot. I was especially interested in Sue Daniels making a primary report on her 10 year long research project to document the manufacturers of school desks and two math professors from Illinois who have the world’s largest collection of cyphering books who gave a presentation about them and how they were used.  The conference always keeps us busy morning to night.

I drove home from Des Moines area on Tuesday night getting home about 10:30 PM and then had a great class from Wednesday through Friday noon through Grant Wood AEA and the State Archeologist office. They were walking us through the Project Archeology Curriculum. Not only was the curriculum itself very good (look for a post on it later), but we got walked through the archeological dig on the Hoover blacksmith shop in 1971 which was incredible. I actually learned some things I didn’t know about the Hoover Historic Site which doesn’t happen often. The Hoover Presidential Library 50th Anniversary of Museum – Dining with the Presidents were both really interesting too.

http://www.projectarchaeology.org

Then Friday afternoon I was at the Oxford Public Library dealing with brand new patron computers, trying to help with a community groups Heritage Microfilm project (they aren’t answering any inquiries), and this week’s summer reading project, and some cataloging. In between I worked on an online class I’m taking through the AEA called Introduction to Online Learners. It’s using a different online platform than I have before and it’s been very interesting.

Saturday I finished up some projects and attended a party for LeighAnn Randak who has done some amazing things with the Johnson County Historical Society and is now leaving for an exciting new project. Then I worked on catching up over the weekend.

There was even more than that going on this weekend though because sadly I missed Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Burr Oak, Iowa.
http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/laura-days

I also was very sorry to miss the L.M. Montgomery Institute at Prince Edward Island.
http://www.lmmontgomery.ca

But you can’t do anything, which is why I didn’t have many posts last week. I hope to do better. The good news is that I have lots more stuff to talk about.

Hoover Christmas Tree Exhibit Numbers Are In

Sarah by Bonnet Tree
Sarah by the Hats and Bonnets Tree

The final count is in. It’s not really a surprise that the Little House Christmas Tree exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library was very highly attended as are all their Laura events. Several visitors told them that it was one of their best Christmas tree events ever. They ended up with 9,811 visitors.

Little House Christmas Trees Nominated

Sarah and tree in General Store
Sarah and Toys and Games Tree

The Little House Christmas Trees exhibit was one of 4 museum exhibits throughout all the museums in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area nominated for an Icky Award in the History Exhibits/History Programming. Ickys are giving out by the Cultural Corridor organization that promotes culture in the corridor between the two cities. I’ll let you know if they win. Read more about it here:

http://www.culturalcorridor.org/blog.asp?mode=comments&Blog_Id=97

Preview of Hoover Little House Christmas Exhibit

Enjoy this preview of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library’s Little House Christmas exhibit.

Note that you may have to adjust the volume. There was a slight sound issue that I couldn’t correct.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Exhibit

I got the flyer for the opening and Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Tree Exhibit at the Hoover Presidential Library.

A Little House Christmas
November 20 – January 2, 2011

A Little House Christmas

Twenty trees decorated in the traditions of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family.

The brochure reads:

You are invited to a VIP Member Reception for the new Hoover Museum Exhibit.

A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS

Christmas trees decorated in the traditions of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family.

[Ed. Note – I’ve seen the prospective list, actually it would be more accurate to say decorated in accordance to themes from the life and writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. ]

Hoover Library-Museum

West Branch, IA

Nov. 19, 2010

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Program from 5:30-5:50 pm

with Sarah Uthoff appearing as Laura Ingalls Wilder

Also hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting included.

Please RSVP by Nov. 15th

Back to the editor notes:

Not a member, find out how to become one at the link below. I joined in order to attend both days of a long ago Laura event and never looked back.

http://www.hooverassociation.org/association/join_renew.php

Call 1-800-828-0475 or e-mail info@hooverassociation.org

If you can’t make it the 19th, visit the exhibit anytime between November 20 – January 2, 2011.

Photos and video will be posted when available.