Memorial Society Wagon Gets Covered

I don’t think it’s any secret that I LOVE De Smet, South Dakota. Despite my best efforts to go to OTHER Laura sites circumstances and De Smet keep calling me back. I was very pleased last year when I went to the De Smet Event that they’d gotten an authentic farm wagon/covered wagon like the Ingalls would have used.

Hansen Wheel and Wagon

The wagon was found in very good condition in a barn and restored by the internationally famous Hansen Wheel and Wagon that both restores and builds various kinds of wagons and horse equipment for museums, Hollywood, and well-healed horse people of all types. The business, which can be toured for a fee, is located near Mitchell, South Dakota (also home of the Corn Palace). Its owner, Doug Hansen, was able to come over to DeSmet for the DeSmet Event 2017.

Man in front of covered wagon
Doug Hansen of Hansen Wheel and Wagon in front of DeSmet Memorial Society Wagon

A Normal Farm Wagon

Everyday people on relatively short trips wouldn’t be buying Contestoga wagons, they’d just put hoops on their everyday farm wagon. Farm wagons are a very multipurpose vehicle. The sides can be taken down so that they are taller or shorter as needed. The box can be removed completely to move something that wouldn’t fit in the box. The box can be put on runners and be changed into a sleigh.

Under Cover

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in DeSmet doesn’t have much in the way of large scale storage so the wagon was left outside in the elements. However I just recently found this note off of the De Smet News council report

Tritle, David. “City Approves New Assisted Living Center.” The De Smet News, 15 Aug. 2018, pp. 1,8.

  • The Zoning Board also approved a request from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society director Tessa Flak to build an open shelter to house the society’s antique prairie schooner. Flak said the elements have not been kind to the wagon and paint is starting to peel. She hoped the shelter would be sufficient to slow the decay. 

When I returned for my incredibly short trip in October 2018 I got a photo of the shelter.

Wagon under car port type shelter
Wagon Under New Shelter

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

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Top 10 Posts During October 2018

Stone that says Laura Rocks!
Stone from Memorial Society Garden

Here are the blog posts and pages that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too.

News on the Masters Hotel in Walnut Grove

Sloo and Slough aka Emily of Deep Valley

In the Kitchen Pepper Rings

All Iowa Reads Finalists

Quote: Wilder as Myth

Laura Bush in Mansfield 2008

Quote: Dates Appear

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder First Book Now TV Show

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Trundlebedtales Comes to YouTube

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

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.

Photo Policy Change in De Smet

Sarah holding Little House book on the cement porch in front of Surveyor's House
Sarah Outside Surveyor’s House

Then You Couldn’t

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society has had a long standing policy of no photos inside the buildings. The Surveyor’s House, the Third Street House, and the Visitor Center/Museum were all no goes. It was strictly enforced. In fact, one time I got told not to take notes with a digital recorder. When I went in June we were still strictly told NOT to take any photos. The only exceptions being the inside of both the original and replica schools.

This used to be a standard rule in  most museums because they wanted to keep control of images taken there to make sure they weren’t used in a way they’d object to and to encourage you to buy slides and postcards, etc. from their gift shop. There was also a belief that flash photography increased the fading of artifacts inside. Research done by Kodak has shown that was not the case. Slowly now museums, as they want the free advertising of social media, are lifting these restrictions. Where they remain in place, please honor them.

Now You Can

Starting midway through the summer I saw posts of photos from De Smet start coming through my feed. At first I thought maybe it was a special waiver for the anniversary celebration, so I checked with them to get an official response AND I can now officially say the policy changed part way through the season. Photos are now welcome inside all the houses. They didn’t give me an official policy when I e-mailed, but I assume they have one. Ask if you intend to do anything more with the photos than personal use or a short social media post.

Reason to Go Back

So if you were looking for an excuse to plan a trip back to De Smet NOW you have a good reason! I wish I’d have known when I was there for the event in July, but I’d just taken the tour in June so I didn’t go. I would have if I’d have known. I’ll have to be back soon and I hope you will too.

UPDATED September 19 2017: From Museum Director Tessa Flak This summer the Society has started to allow visitors to take pictures inside the museum buildings for personal use only, however, we ask you not to film anything. Also, we don’t allow visitors to take pictures in our exhibit. Please contact the Society if you plan to use our photos for more then personal use. Thank you all for understanding.” I removed references to video from this post after she made this comment on Facebook. The comment is added here with her permission.

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

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 1 July 14

I hope you enjoyed Day 1. Here is the first part of Day 2.

I got up early on Friday and redid my blog post featuring my podcasts about the event and published it. The wireless was completely unstable and fairly unusable the night before. I was staying at the Super Deluxe Inn and I’ve never had that happen before.

We had breakfast there in the hotel and this time brought along some bakery of own to add back in our room. Bakery is something their breakfast is lacking so you might want to bring along some on your next trip. You can even keep them in the refrigerator. (FYI it was pumpkin bars.)

I was hoping to head over first thing, but spent a lot of time chatting to people I know instead. The schedule seemed like things would start at 9am so I headed over about then. I was concerned about getting parked in if I drove having no idea how many people would show up. I had driven around the night before and realized it was just 3 blocks from the hotel to the event area by the Surveyor’s House. So I walked over from the hotel and that worked rather well. If you’re doing a full tour including a drive over to the Third Street House, you’ll want your car, but it was a nice walk. Here’s is the street sign for the corner you turn on to get the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society area, Olivet and 4th.

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Oliver St #desmetevent

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They were still getting set up when I arrived and they got a couple of these great banners.

Judy Thompson was already on hand signing books and selling prints of her work. Thompson had been an artist in residence at the Homestead National Monument. Her series was displayed at the South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, the same building that houses the SDHS Press. Nancy Koupal saw them there and commissioned Thompson to do covers for the Pioneer Girl series to a set of requirements.

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Judy Thompson #PioneerGirl illustrator

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Although they spoke a couple of different times each day, people crowded under the tent for each performance by Alison Arngrim and Dean Butler. Here’s the crowd waiting for them to come out.

Paul Valenti introducing Alison asks “What show has the number 1 fanbase?”

Alison as always puts on a great show and managed to look great too despite the hot temperatures.

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Alison Arngrim on stage @Arngrim @alisonarngrim

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Dean Butler said to remind him never to follow Alison, but he put on just as good a show.

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Dean Butler #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Me and Pauly Tee who not only takes trips to both TV and real Laura sites, but generously shares his photos online.

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Me with Pauly Tee #lauraingallswilder #desmetevent

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Judy Thompson talking. One of her most interesting points was that she doesn’t consider herself an illustrator, but a watercolor artist. She seeks to show artistic truth rather than literal truth.

Look for the other report posts soon.

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.

De Smet Memorial Society Hands On Activities

Surveyor's House
Surveyor’s House

This spring the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society started a new program for school trips.

According to the April 30, 2014 issue of The De Smet News, “The Society has created customized field trips, which allow visitors to choose one out of three different options for each 30 minute session. The length of the tour will depend on how many of the sessions a group chooses to participate in.”

Programs include:

The First School of De Smet has 3 options for an activity there:

  • Surviving the Long Winter – Survival activities like grinding wheat.
  • Writing With Laura – Journal Writing
  • Pioneer School Day – Comparing one-room schools to modern schools

The Discovery Center also has 3 options for an activity:

  • Pioneer Dress Up – Trying on clothes, sew on treadle sewing machine
  • Fund and Games on the Prairie – Play pioneer games
  • I’d Rather Be Hunting – Art of Tracking
Rear of Third Street House
Rear of Third Street House

The Ingalls Home offers these 3 options:

  • If You Can’t Stand the Heat – Ma chores like hauling water and corncobs and compare to a modern kitchen
  • Meet Mary, Laura’s Sister – Learn Braille and do beadwork without vision
  • Family Game Night – Families play pioneer games together

They shared photos from one such tour group on their blog:
http://discoverlaura.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/school-field-trip-fun-at-the-historic-homes-of-de-smet

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.

A Round Up of Articles About De Smet SD

Surveyor's House
Surveyor’s House

Last year I decided that I need to make it easier to find articles on certain topics and it was time to hold a good old-fashioned round up. I got Pepin and Independence done and then I got distracted with other projects and topics. I still think it’s a good idea so I’m picking up where I left off.

These posts are all about De Smet, South Dakota, the Little Town on the Prairie and Pheasant Paradise.  De Smet is the county seat of Kingsbury County and so it is a fairly large small town with multiple restaurants and hotels.

Today Show Segment on De Smet 2011 (link to video still good)
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/today-show-segment-on-de-smet

Rain Follows the Plow
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/rain-in-de-smet

Blizzards in De Smet 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/blizzards-in-de-smet

Celebrating Laura’s Birthday
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/celebrating-lauras-bday-de-smet

LHoP: the Musical Press Conference in De Smet
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/press-conference-in-de-smet

Family Tree Hunt Leads to Laura
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/family-tree-hunt

The Year Was 1880
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/the-year-was-1880

Aubrey Sherwood
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/publisher-honored

Memorial Society

50th Anniversary of Society 2007
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/07/03/50th-anniversary-celebration-in-desmet

Garth Williams Illustrations Added
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/de-smet-adds-to-illustration

Jeopardy Appearance
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/jeopardy-uses-wilder-memorial-society-photo

Laura Lore History
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/laura-lore-spring-summer-2010

Old De Smet Photos Donated
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/old-de-smet-photos

Signed Copies of the Little House Books Donated
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/signed-copies-donated

Updates and Improvements from De Smet 2013
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/wilder-society-update

Horse Drawn Wagons at Ingalls Homestead
Horse Drawn Wagons at Ingalls Homestead

Ingalls Homestead

Harvey Dunn Plein Aire Event 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/dunn-plein-air-event-slated

Harvey Dunn Plein Aire Event 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/report-on-plein-air-event

Harvey Dunn Plein Aire Event 2013
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/de-smet-news-reports-on-plein-aire-event

Pageant

The Book That Changed Your Life 1999
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/03/13/this-american-life-radio-show

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant on Dakota Life
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/laura-ingalls-wilder-on-dakota-life

Attendance Numbers 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/de-smet-pageant

Pageant Receives Grant 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/12/23/de-smet-pageant-receives-grant

Prairie Time Machine 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/prairie-time-machine

Dakota Fairytale 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/a-dakota-fairytale

First Four Years 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/new-pageant-at-de-smet

Cast Updates 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/de-smet-cast-updates

Everyone Comes To De Smet 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/everyone-comes-to-de-smet

Pageant Gets New Director 2012
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/de-smet-pageant-new-director

De Smet Pageant 2012
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/de-smet-pageant-2012-and-beyond

Visits

Presenting 2011
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/programs-in-de-smet-sd

Roving Report 2011
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/roving-reports-from-de-smet-sd

Kingsbury County Courthouse

Receives Grant
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/kingsbury-county-gets-grant

Visitor Information

De Smet Catholic Church
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/de-smet-catholic-church

Disc Golf Course Funded
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/disc-golf-coming-to-de-smet

Elm Trees
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/elm-trees

Get Out and Walk
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/get-out-and-walk

Giant Windmills
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/giant-windmills

Grain Elevators
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/grain-elevators

Kingsbury Country Club Under New Management 2012
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/country-club-management

Pack Your Bug Spray
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/pack-your-bug-spray

Prairie Manor Under New Management 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/prairie-manor-continues-under-new-owners

Tornado Weather
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/tornado-weather

Train Tracks Improved – Take Care On the Tracks
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/de-smet-update

Weather Extremes
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/weather-extremes

Videos

Cottonwood Memorial Site 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crLgHPhoKFc

De Smet Visit Video 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/laurapalooza-trip-video-diary-last-day-part-1

LauraPalooza 2012 Trip De Smet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_NlsBa0hTs

Laura on Dakota Life
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/laura-ingalls-wilder-on-dakota-life

Old Settlers Day

Old Settlers Day Threatened
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/old-settlers-day-in-question

Old Settlers Day Back On
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/old-settlers-day-back-on

Manchester SD

Manchester Tornado Anniversary
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/manchester-tornado-anniversary

Manchester Compromise Reached Over Building Blocking Memorial
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/manchester-sd-compromise

UPDATED September 17 2016: I updated my signature block, but that’s about all I needed.

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.

 

 

Wilder Society Update

There was a great article this week in The De Smet News. Remember you can buy individual issues in paper and subscriptions online. Read all about it in The De Smet News. Also, just this week The De Smet News is now on Twitter and Facebook, be sure to follow and like them.

Tritle, David. “Wilder Society Completes Two Large Projects.” The De Smet News 21 August 2013: 1. 479063488

The Society reports on three projects:

  • They’ve declared the first school of De Smet, South Dakota renovation complete. There is a photo, although what is shown in the photo is the teacher desk covered with artifacts and the wall behind. I wish they’d shown a wider view. What’s in the photo looks about like it did last year when I visited. I’m glad they’ve kept some of the original stuff including the blackboard they found underneath the wallpaper. I can’t wait to visit again and see what they’ve done.
  • Director Cheryl Palmlund has declared the Garth Williams illustration project is closed. The original goal was $30,000. They raised $82,000 instead and used the money to purchase 62 original drawings.
  • The last project is a long term goal. They plan on working on the South Dakota State University Department of Architecture in Brookings, SD to create plans for a new exhibit center.

Find all the De Smet news that’s fit to print in the De Smet News.

Sarah S. Uthoff is 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.