September was a very Laura Ingalls Wilder themed month with two different Laura trips. Traditionally Laura Days in Pepin, Wisconsin, and Wilder Days in Mansfield, Missouri, are on consecutive weekends. That makes it hard to get the time to do both in a single year. This year I did get a unique chance to do both.
Normally when I make a Laura trip I like to call in and do a podcast every day so you can follow along. This year I didn’t get it done for either trip. In Pepin I had a technical issue and in Mansfield I got back so late each night I didn’t take time. I did do a couple of Facebook lives so you can find those back on my feed.
I was in town for Pepin’s Laura Days, September 13-15, 2019. I come in on Friday night, but honestly nothing is officially happening yet. It’s all set up. The biggest day of the event is Saturday which has my speech, the Little Miss Laura contest, the fiddle contest, and other assorted events. Sunday has several community events including a pancake breakfast and church service. The big event is the parade.
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I was in town for Mansfield’s Wilder Days, September 19-22, 2019. Thursday I made a non-Laura related stop (look for the videos). Then I failed to get to stop and get a photo of Laura’s bust in the Missouri Hall of Fame in the state capitol. I stayed the night in Lebanon, Missouri which has grown a lot since the last time I stayed there as a kid. Friday I made it to Mansfield making a long stop at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Branch of the Wright County Library. I spent a lot of Friday afternoon at the Rock House and then back to museum for the VIP reception before the Wilder dinner at the high school gym. Saturday I heard Pa’s fiddle did Rocky Ridge and the museum and walked the path between the two houses. Saturday night I saw the pageant. Then Sunday morning I hit the stuff that I could get photos of when they were closed. Then I headed home.
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 , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.