Ep 100 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2018

Sarah by Ma's House - Ingalls Homestead
Sarah by Ma’s House – Ingalls Homestead

I FINALLY got another episode done on the podcast. This one is rounds up all the news of what happened in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom this year.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2019/02/26/ep-100-laura-ingalls-wilder-fandom-roundup-2018

A small group stripped Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name off the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

Independence has built a new cabin, replacing the original.

We now have china shepherdess replicas available again. Pick from Independence, KS; Mansfield, MO; Walnut Grove, MN.

Pioneer Girl released as ebook by South Dakota State Historical Society Press.

Alison Arngrim (NBC TV show’s Nellie Oleson) is doing a positive news interview show on Facebook.

Walnut Grove, Minnesota was hit hard by the July 2018 flood.

Queen’s Treasure introduced a Mary Ingalls doll.

American Writers Museum opened with a Laura Ingalls Wilder exhibit in their temporary hall. It was extended from an original closing date in March to June.

The Iowa School for the Blind was combined with the School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. They’re still unsure about what’s going to happen to the buildings and the Mary Ingalls Society.

The museum in Mansfield, MO has extended its connection to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, MO. They added a luncheon to fund raise for the museum. Unfortunately a fire alarm went off during it for about 10 minutes.

I took a trip to DeSmet in the fall, but didn’t give them enough warning to get inside photos at the Memorial Society, but had a great trip anyway.

There was a new edition of the Little House Cookbook.

Also check out things released this year in the Christmas shopping guide and our list of 2018 events.

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.

Mary Ingalls Society Report Fall 2017

A report from the Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School for Fall 2017. The future of the School for the Blind building and artifacts is in doubt, but if you want to do your part to encourage continued activities in Vinton please consider a membership. If visiting the blind school is important to you, do it as soon as you can – Sarah S. Uthoff

IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society Member Sheet

Blind School from hospital
Blind School from hospital

Dear Members and Friends:

October 2017 marks the 5th year the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society has been working with the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.  It is also time to renew memberships.  With that in mind we thought we would share some highlights from this past year.

  • It has been a busy year that has brought over 600 people, from many other states as well as Iowa, through the front doors of Old Main. The number includes 6 bus tours and at our October 15 “Prairie Fiddle” show in the Auditorium.
  • In October 2016, through our “Lot 31 Project”, we dedicated a monument and headstones at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. They now mark the graves of students from the School who had been laid to rest there in the late 1800s and early 1900s without permenant monuments.
  • October 2016 also saw us making a presentation to the Iowa Board of Regents outlining our position on the disposition of historical artifacts and records for the School in light of the Board’s decision to sell the campus property. Our focus centered on the preservation of Old Main and maintaining the historically significant items there.
  • Throughout the year we continued the work of cataloguing and preserving historic records and photos. We used grant money obtained through the Benton County Community Foundation and your generous membership gifts on the following projects.  60 VCR tapes were digitized for easier viewing and use.  Newspaper and scrap book articles dating from the 1950s through the 1980s were moved from folders in file drawers to acid free clear protective sleeves and stored in acid free boxes making them easy to view and available for use in displays and programs.  Some of these articles  accompanied us to a presentation at the State Lions Meeting in Cedar Rapids in June.  Acid free sheets for photos are now being filled to further enhance their preservation and ease of use in displays.  Additional storage boxes have also been purchased and filled with various archival materials.
  • In May 2017 we marked our second year for the Vinton-Shellsburg 6th graders to visit the campus. We are excited to tell you there are plans for the next group to visit in May 2018.  The School also hosted a group of secondary students belonging to a group called, Future Leaders of America.  Making this school connection has been a goal of ours since the beginning, and we continue to look at ways to expand our outreach to other schools in Benton County and beyond.
  • We participated in and had a display for the Rare Book event held at the Cedar Rapids Library.
  • This year has also marked a continuation of a great working relationship between the Mary Ingalls Society and the School’s alumni. They have been valuable allies in working on preservation of artifacts and have proven to be the highlights for many of our tour groups.

None of this work would have been possible without the participation of the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society’s  members/supporters.  We sincerely thank you and invite you to renew your membership/support.  If you are not a member, we invite you to join us in this work.

Sincerely

Mary Ingalls Society

Report on New Project from Mary Ingalls Society

Bell Tower
Bell Tower

If you haven’t heard about it before the ISBSSS Mary Ingalls Society was founded to preserve and promote the history of the Iowa School for the Blind and its most famous alumnus Mary Ingalls (the sister of author Laura Ingalls Wilder). They maintain a museum on the site, offer tours, and put on a pageant each summer. Today they report on a new project. – SSU

IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society Reaches Their Goal

$6000.00 Fundraising Goal for the Lot 31 Project Met

In the 1800s a burial lot was purchased for the Iowa College for the Blind at the Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton, Iowa. Students were buried there through the end of that century, however no marker was ever erected on the site designating it was for students from the school or who they were. Six student names have been identified as being buried in the lot. Two additional students, who died in the early 1900s, have also been identified as being buried across the drive from the school lot. They also have no markers.

The Lot 31 Project was initiated in August 2015 by the Mary Ingalls Society to raise funds to purchase a headstone, have it engraved and installed on the lot plus two head markers for the students buried across the drive. The response of the community and friends of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School has been amazing.  As of 12/18/15 we reached the goal of $6,000.00, and work has begun to order the marker. Keep watching for updates on progress and a dedication date.

 

Wanted Iowa School for the Blind History

Braille School Cup 2 It’s been a lot of work but the museum for the Iowa School for the Blind is coming together. The third floor museum was first assembled for the 150th anniversary of the school. It was heavily damaged by the straight line winds and following rainstorm a few years ago. Since then the Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society has been formed and has been working on preserving and sharing not only the story of its most famous alumnus, but also the story of the school as a whole.

Old Main, the original building on campus, is still active as it’s used as the administrative headquarters for services sent to mainstreamed K-12 blind students across the state. Part of the building is also rented out (with more room available if you are looking for a place to set up a business or nonprofit in Vinton) and part is now used as museum space. The Founders Room is right next to the front door and was traditionally used a place to display history and serve as a place for current and prospective students to connect with the school history. In recent years, it had instead been used as an office. The Mary Ingalls Society is grateful that the Founders Room has been returned as the first floor presence of the museum. It now is home to some of the books with Mary’s records and blow ups of the relevant pages for everyone to see.

The Mary Ingalls Society has been working on examining what records and history remain in the school’s collections. However, they are hoping to share more of the story of the school from the beginning to the to the present. We’re hoping that you can contribute to the exhibits.

  • Did you ever attend, teach at, or visit the Iowa School for the Blind?
  • Do you have something that would fit in the blind school collection?
  • Do you have technology or books that are obsolete or out of date?
  • Do you have photos or documents that relate to the school that you would consider donating, loaning, or making us a copy?
  • Or do you have anything related to Mary Ingalls, either real or fictional? For example, we’d love to have a collection of Mary Ingalls dolls from various places.

Consider sharing them with the school. Remember there is still time to get a commemorative 1st edition Iowa School for the Blind calendar and to block out August 1,2,3, 2015 to make sure you can attend this year’s pageant.

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.

Mary Ingalls Pageant Roving Report

August 2014 was first Mary Ingalls Society Pageant in Vinton, Iowa. Below is the link to the podcast I did about attending. I’ve added the highlights of what is talked about in order to help you find a particular part if you are interested. I’ve also added some links to some additional information you might find useful. Also see my podcast on Mary Ingalls and the School for the Blind.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/09/21/roving-report-mary-ingalls-pageant-2014

Vinton very near the Lincoln Highway, the turn off being by the Youngsville Cafe.

Short history of the Mary Ingalls Pageant.

From South take left branch of 218 don’t go straight through town.

Sign and front of school
Sign and front of school

Parking situation around school

People came early and stayed in their seats

Founder’s Room returned to original purpose as historical room. It has since been restored and reorganized and is the ground floor presence of the museum. You can see Mary’s records there. The main museum Third Floor hasn’t yet been restored from storm damage.

Seats are wooden auditorium style seating.

Pipe organ – Iowa Gov. Laurabee organ – hoping to restore organ

Scenes cut from original script that tell more about what life was like at the school

Pageant held in same auditorium where Mary would have attended events in

Changed story to have Mary be the point of view character

Showed what it was like for Mary to attend the school and how the school worked, the amazing impact they had on people’s lives

Return to De Smet based on Grandpa’s Fiddle

Mary Ingalls Pageant this coming year will be August 1, 2, 3, 2015. Hotel facilities are available both in Vinton proper and in the fairly close Cedar Rapids.

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.

Mary Ingalls Society Calendar 2015

Calendar Cover
Calendar Cover

The Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School (ISBSSS) of Vinton, Iowa has never had a calendar of its own in its 153 year history, so the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society is very excited to offer 100 numbered copies of this First Edition Calendar.  If this 2015 calendar does well there are plans to have calendars offered annually highlighting the school and its story.  Each calendar has beautiful colored pictures of the school’s campus and some bits of information about Mary Ingalls.

Front of School
Front of School

Calendar #1 of this First Edition will be offered for sale through a silent auction.  Bids can be made by calling the school 319-472-5221 Ext. 1110 or by emailing pbarr@iowa.braille.k12.ia.us. A beginning bid of $25.00 has been made. The lucky winner will be announced on February 9, 2015.

Calendars may be purchased in person on at the main office of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School for $10.00 per calendar.  The office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.  While you are there be sure to take a stroll through the Founders Room and at other artifacts displayed on the first floor of Old Main. The calendars will also be available through Vinton Unlimited office at 310 A. Ave.  Be watching for other locations in town to see and/or purchase these keepsakes. We hope you take the time to stop in either location to take a look.

Bell Tower
Bell Tower

To order by mail, e-mail to the address above and you will be contacted with further information. To cover mailing expenses, the calendars will cost $12.50 to be purchased by mail. Payment will be accepted by check only. Checks need to be made out to VCF/IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society, P.O. Box 326, Vinton, Iowa 52349. These calendars are a great reminder of the beauty of the school and the community that is its home.

Sign and front of school
Sign and front of school

The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society was founded in 2012 to work towards preserving the historical significance of the school and its connection to the Ingalls family. If you haven’t yet, LIKE their Facebook page.

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.

 

Mary Ingalls Society Renewal 2014

Mary Ingalls Sign Final Dear Friend:
The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Mary Ingalls Society just began its 3rd year, and we are very excited about the future. This excitement stems from the work of our first two years resulting in the following:
1. Vintage photo display in the front hall of Old Main.
2. Photo books showing students and activities at the school by decade.
3. Development of a Facebook page.
4. LOST funds grant for $1,000.00 to develop a Mary Ingalls display in the Founder’s Room.
5. Initial performance of the “Mary Ingalls – Her Journey” pageant
6. Rededication of the Founder’s Room in Old Main.
7. Tours – 814 people at the school in 2014
8. Installation of a museum display case in the Founder’s Room for Mary Ingalls artifacts
9. First biennial meeting of the general membership of the society.
Working on ISBSSS Roof
Working on ISBSSS Roof
Work on the roof of Old Main is completed so restoration and redesign of the museum on the third floor, seriously damaged in the storm of 2011, can begin. The second season of the Mary Ingalls – Her Journey pageant is scheduled for July 31, August 1 and August 2, 2015 and we are anticipating another busy year of tours coming through the school.
We are asking for your help to continue moving forward. We welcome anyone interested in joining the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society through a financial contribution of $20.00 or more per year. Any financial donation is tax deductible, as we are covered by a 501C3 designation. You can also participate directly by becoming tour leaders, sorting and organizing materials and items, manning the Founder’s Room or museum and other jobs as they arise. Or you could become directly involved in the planning committee for the Society – this group meets at 9:00 a.m. the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, so requires a regular time commitment. – Thank you
_____I wish to be an IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society member. ($20)
_____I wish to give an additional contribution of $___________ for 2014/2015.
_____I am interested in donating time or manpower to the Society. Here is my phone number _______________and/or email address ______________________.
Please print and mail this form with your donation and/or information regarding your wish to participate in the work of the IBSSS Mary Ingalls Society to Box 326, Vinton, Iowa 52349.
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