August 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August is a quieter month than July, but there are still plenty of events to choose from.

Wagon Ride at Pageant
Wagon Ride at Pageant

De Smet SD

The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. – August 11, 12, 13, 2017

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-20, 2017

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Aug. 26, 2017— Annual Cultural Festival – Native American Festival!

Celebrating the Native American heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, dancers, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, previously this event was held on Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on. This will be changing in future.

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

Laura Ingalls Wilder Event August 12 & 13, 2017 10:00 am – 4:30 pm– Watch their website for more details.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  – August 5-6, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Watch for their page to be updated with 2017 information

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Hoover’s Hometown Days – August 5, 2017 1:30 pm Christine Woodside of Libertarians on the Prairie and David Davenport of Rugged Individualism to talk about their respective books.

 

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

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.

Exploring Hoover’s Attic

Hoover Opening Image

The current exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library is Exploring Hoover’s Attic: Treasures, Keepsakes, and Surprises. It will be up until Oct. 31st. Take a look at their page about it here:
http://hoover.archives.gov/programs/featuredprogram.html

Those of you who have been to the Hoover Library before will know the high quality to expect. This is kind of an unusual

Pewter and Black and White Collections

display because they’ve been able to get out things that normally are hard to fit in with their normal displays. Among them many things that the Hoover family collected over the years. Just think about tall the junk in your own attic and about how much more interesting stuff Presidents collect.

I absolutely love the opening of the exhibit which not only looks like attic stairs but has a wooden platform so it actually feels like you are going up into an attic. There are lots of different collections featured.

Wedding and other dresses from the Hoover Family

One actually stunning piece is a painted Dutch cupboard dated to the 1700s that Lou Henry Hoover (Mrs. Herbert) used in the White House.

The collections included:

Humble Beginnings – Paintings and images of the Birthplace Cottage. Also, some furniture borrowed from the National Park Service (which is charge of the birthplace cottage on the adjoining site.

Clothing – A wonderful collection of Hoover family wedding dresses and some flapper clothes.

Fishing – A lifelong avid fisherman, Hoover had plenty of fishing memorabilia.

World War I and World War II – There’s a real gas mask and a disarmed grenade. What’s truly fascinating is the trench art. Soldiers had plenty of time sitting around waiting in trench warfare. They didn’t have much to work with, but to fight off boredom and make a little money selling them to civilians, they used spent casings of all sorts and created everything from lighters to art. There is a lovely display of them.

Presidential Mementos – including his desk chair and a preserved voting machine instructor model (the kind with the levers where you actually feel like you accomplish something by voting) with Hoover as a candidate for President.

Gratitude – His work on flood relief and feeding war refugees highlighting more of the wonderful collection of American Flour Sacks embroidered and sent back to Hoover as well as other gifts he was sent.

Belgian Flour Sacks

Collections – Lou Henry Hoover collected blue and withe porcelain from the Min and Ch’ing dynasties and pewter.

Important events and places – There is a nice collection from the 1932 Olympic Games and Hoover/Boulder Dam.

Unique and unexpected – Herbert Hoover collected elephants of all types and a few rare signed books, including ones on display signed by George Washington and Izaak Walton.

Come and make the short drive to West Branch, Iowa and take a look.

Hoover Events 2010 Update

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library has a lot of events during the year. Here’s an update about what’s coming up.

Hoover Presidential Library

Exploring Hoover’s Attic: Treasures, Keepsakes, & Surprises – Up until Oct. 31, 2010

This exhibit is a look at items the Hoover family thought important enough to save – first in their homes, then at the Hoover Institution and now here at the Museum.

Naturalization Ceremony – Sept. 13, 2010

Fifth annual naturalization ceremony taking place on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Program begins at 1:30

A Little House Christmas – Nov. 20, 2010 – January 2, 2011

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

Holiday Open House – Dec. 5, 2010 1 – 4 pm

Freed admission, refreshments, entertainment and a vist from Santa Claus.

The Oxford Project – Jan. 22, 2011 – March 20, 2011

An exhibit of black and white photos of the residents of Oxford, Iowa showing the transformation 20 years can make in the lives of the residents of a small town.

The Museum is open daily from 9-5. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $6 for adults 16-61. $3 for senior citizens 62 and over; and children under the age of 16 are free. For more information, call (319) 643-5301 or visit the Hoover website.