April 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

April is a big month for Laura Ingalls Wilder programs, but you don’t see as many events. We do have two this month including one I’ve been looking forward to all year.

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
April 28 – 29, 2017| Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri – Reunion of the TV show cast – Alison Arngrim, Dean Butler, and Charlotte Stewart – April 27-29, 2017

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

Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference

After my experience last year, I was very excited to hear that the South Dakota State Historical Society’s 2017 conference theme was going to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Location

They took the unusual step of moving the conference from the normal conference locations to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in order to help encourage and accommodate a better than normal attendance and I think they are already feeling that increase.

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April

Registration Open

I’m going to repeat a lot of this post from my last update, but the big news is that registration is now open! OK it’s been open for a bit now, but I was waiting to promote it until I got registered and now I am, so it’s time for you to register too.

Remember that not all the links on the right side of the registration page are live, so scroll down and click on the links at the bottom of the page.

You can register for full conference, single days, and small events such as luncheons if you are traveling with someone not interested in the conference.

Current rates are good until March 31st. April 1st rates increase.

Speakers

The schedule now includes speakers. I’m glad to see there will be a lot of panels this time.

Lodging

The short story is that you can check in for the conference on Thursday (April 27) evening (last year they had a separately ticketed fund raiser that night), sessions all day Friday (April 28) (lunch included, supper not) and Saturday (April 29) until 3:30pm (again lunch included, supper not). So plan your hotel reservations accordingly.

Conference Hotel Information:
The Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre is the conference headquarters.

Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre
100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 339-2000

Rooms have been reserved under the South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference and they must be booked by 28 March 2017 to receive the reduced conference discount.

Additional Lodging Details:

Other hotels in the Sioux Falls downtown area include:

Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown
201 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 444-4700

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
200 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 373-0153

The conference site hotel said that they had a block with both rooms with 2 queen beds and rooms with a king with a pull out couch, either for $104.00 a night. That was via the hotel registration desk. I didn’t call the two satellite hotels to ask about their blocks. If you haven’t attended a hotel conference, I will say that I always try to stay at the main conference hotel if possible. I find that the convenience is worth any extra cash.

To De Smet and Beyond

Sioux Falls is the location of an international airport and one that is frequently used to fly into Laura country so that should make it a convenient location. If you want to include a trip to De Smet and get green grass photos (remembering that sites will not be fully open), De Smet is 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Walnut Grove is 2 hours away. That might effect your reservations as well.

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder SD Conference Update

After my experience last year, I was very excited to hear that the South Dakota State Historical Society’s 2017 conference theme was going to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.

They took the unusual step of moving the conference from the normal conference locations to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in order to help encourage and accommodate a better than normal attendance and I think they are already feeling that increase. Going by last year, they put information up after the first of the year so don’t be surprised if it takes awhile to get all the information up for all the links, but they have made progress.

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April

Links Up

The main conference page changed over about a month after the last conference, but none of the links worked. They currently have two links up and working now (thanks to Nansie Cleaveland for the heads up). They work together. They have a skeleton  Schedule and the hotel information.

Lodging

The short story is that there is registration on Thursday (April 27) evening (last year they had a separately ticketed fun raiser that night), sessions all day Friday (April 28) (lunch included, supper not) and Saturday (April 29) until 3:30pm (again lunch included, supper not). So plan your hotel reservations accordingly.

Conference Hotel Information:
The Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre is the conference headquarters.

Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre
100 W 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 339-2000

Rooms have been reserved under the South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference and they must be booked by 28 March 2017 to receive the reduced conference discount.

Additional Lodging Details:

Other hotels in the Sioux Falls downtown area include:

Hilton Garden Inn Sioux Falls Downtown
201 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 444-4700

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
200 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 373-0153

To De Smet and Beyond

Sioux Falls is the location of an international airport and one that is frequently used to fly into Laura country so that should make it a convenient location. If you want to include a trip to De Smet and get green grass photos (remembering that sites will not be fully open), De Smet is 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Walnut Grove is 2 hours away. That might effect your reservations as well.

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

See You There

I have my hotel reservation made at the main hotel. They said that they had a block with both 2 queens and a king with a pull out couch either for $104.00. That was via the hotel registration desk. I didn’t call the two satellite hotels to ask about their blocks. If you haven’t attended a hotel conference, I will say that I always try to stay at the main conference hotel if possible. I find that the convenience is worth any extra cash.

Hint About Links

So far those two links, schedule and lodging, are link at the bottom of the main page of the conference. The links with the same names on the right hand side of every page of the conference are not yet working.

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota

I posted a report on the wonderful experience I had at the annual South Dakota State Historical Society conference at their 2016 meeting Everybody Eats. They have a different theme every year and while I was there I got the great news.

Their theme for 2017 is going to be
Laura Ingalls Wilder!!!

I’m very excited about this because I was so impressed by their conference this year. It’s a single track event with invited speakers. I’ve got the dates blocked out on my calendar and I think you should too. Save the dates April 28-29, 2017.

SD Conference 2017c

They rotate which department of the South Dakota State Historical Society heads up the conference each year, so that each department only has to do about once every five years. Next year’s turn is the publishing department, the people who brought you Pioneer Girl is celebrating the year of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday.

SD Conference 2017b

Find out more on their website:
https://history.sd.gov/aboutus/HistoryConference/default.aspx

Almost every year the conference is held in Pierre, South Dakota. They are making an exception for 2017 moving the conference to Sioux Falls, South Dakota which should make it a lot easier for people to come in than Pierre. They have a regional airport and  they are 4.5 hours driving from the Twin Cities and about 3 from Des Moines which is a full airport. Also, they offer contact hours if you’re looking for teacher credit.

We don’t have a lot of details yet and it will probably be awhile before we do, but I renewed my South Dakota State Historical Society membership to better keep track of developments and I’ll be sure to let you know.

In addition they are also going to be bringing out a new book on Laura next year the first of a trilogy. Thanks to Carrie Fleming for pointing this out.

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.

LauraPalooza Call for Papers

Laurapoloza T-Shirt
Laurapoloza T-Shirt

I had meant to get this out as soon as it was finalized on Monday, but life intervened. Check out the Call for Papers for LauraPalooza. Submissions are due on Rose Wilder Lane’s birthday (Dec. 5th) and acceptances will go out on Laura’s birthday (Feb. 7th).

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Call-for-Proposals-LP15.pdf

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.

LauraPalooza Video List 2012

It’s been a while since LauraPalooza 2012, but I recently realized I’d never created a page on my site for it, like I did for LauraPalooza 2010. I’m going to remedy that. In this post and on the new LauraPalooza 2012 page, for each individual day I’ll list a link to a post I did on Beyond Little House which includes more detailed descriptions on the contents of each video (including links for more information), the direct video links, and a short list of highlight features.

Sarah presenting at LauraPalooza 2012
Sarah presenting at LauraPalooza 2012

Day 1 – July 11, 2012

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2013/07/11/day-1-laurapalooza-july-11-2012/

Links to the conference packet, One More On the Way posts, and a tribute to Daniel Rabe who was very active at the conference and has since passed away. The footage focuses on my trip there and the ice cream social.

Day 2 – July 12, 2012

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2013/07/12/day-2-laurapalooza-july-12-2012/

Opening Address, Laura and Louisa, Little House and Little Women, What Would Laura Read? Youth’s Companion 1879, Merchandise Table, Wilder Weather – What Laura Witnessed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej-AhJJPjz4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb6PK6joTgs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLMFdRISxCM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rrws5wKRpM

Legacy Awards presented to Barbara Walker and Shirley Knakmuhs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e5AbVulO9c

Dr. George Tann, Black Frontier Physician, Julie Williams, The Legalities of Rose and Roger, Pa’s Fiddle, Authors Reception, Amber Waves

Day 3 – July 13, 2012

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2013/07/13/day-3-laurapalooza-july-13-2012/

Bad luck for Friday 13th, Quilt Historian, Hands On Music, Hands On Quilts, Hands on Food, Wendy McClure and Barbara Walker at hands on food

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9FUp3Cu2k0

Barbara Walker keynote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPEujAlJyn4

Some more greetings, Alison Argrim’s show, Charlotte Stewart shows up as a surprise at Alison Arngrim’s show, Beth Ingalls-Leisses.

Day 4 – July 14, 2012

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2013/07/15/day-4-laurapalooza-july-14-2012/

Start of last day of conference, Julie Williams – Little Newspaper on the Prairie, more greetings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS9zd_oYN30

Educator Panel, Kelly Kathleen Ferguson – A Twenty-First Century Look at the Farm Cure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMB1wZA7AU

Sarah Uthoff – What a Doll!, Spelling Bee, Silent Auction, Closing Remarks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKtns1C0KHg

Walnut Grove, Charlotte Stewart, Eleck Nelson Fan Club

Days 5 and 6 LauraPalooza July 15-16 2012

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2013/07/16/days-5-and-6-laurapalooza-july-15-16-2012/

And we end with a short video about the last two days of my trip.

And I can now link you to the video magazine I was filming with which is part of why I went to De Smet.

Read more about it and find the link here:
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2013/06/12/laura-ingalls-wilder-on-dakota-life

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.

Wilder Conference on Display

Wilder Call for Papers on Display
Wilder Call for Papers on Display

Just thought you’d like to see the Call for Papers for the Wilder Conference in 2010 on display in the research room of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.