September 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

While August was quiet, September has one last big splurge of big Laura events before most of the sites close down for the winter.

Pepin Replica Cabin
Pepin Replica Cabin

 

Pepin WI

Laura Days – September 9-10, 2017

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale September 1, 2017 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant
Sept 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2017

Wilder Days: September 15,16, & 17, 2017

A special dinner in honor of Laura’s 150th birthday has been added to the Wilder event. Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder on the NBC series) will be appearing. You will be allowed to take photos in front of the Rocky Ridge living room fireplace.
http://lauraingallswilderhome.com/?product=150th-birthday-celebration-vip-reception-add-on

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Sept. 23, 2017 Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment

  • Civil War living history encampment and
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
  • 8th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
  • Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce

Sept. 24 Open extended Sunday hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Civil War reenactors living history encampment and one skirmish. Regular admission and guided tours available. Last tour at 3pm.

Vinton IA

Marc and Brandi Janssen Mary Ingalls Fiddle Program – October 15, 2017

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – September 4, 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 on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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June 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

During June check out these Laura Ingalls Wilder related events around the country.

  • Mansfield, MO, Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane Home and Museum, Fundraiser Dinner – June 7, 2014

    Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet
    Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Site De Smet
  • Independence, KS, Little House on the Prairie Museum, Prairie Days June 14, 2014

    Mark your calendars!  Prairie Days 2014 will be on Saturday, June 14th.  This all day event features living historians in all of our historic buildings and on the grounds bringing the 19th century to life before your very eyes.  The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  With music, food vendors, craft demonstrators, living historians, a Little House character competition a day on the prairie is great for the whole family.  Our full schedule of  Prairie Days activities will be posted on this website as we are closer to the festival.  Keep checking for updates. To see photos from Prairie Days 2013 visit our Facebook page.
    Admission:  $6 adults, $3 children under 18, $3 seniors 65 and older.
    We do not offer group rates for Prairie Days.
    http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2014_Events.html

  • Pepin WI, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum – New Addition Opens June 21, 2014
  • Burr Oak IA, Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum – Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 28-29, 2014
    http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/laura-days/
  • Independence, KS, Little House on the Prairie Museum,  Pioneer Women in Kansas June 28th, 2014
    Join director/historian as she brings pioneer women of Kansas to life from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  She will portray a pioneer woman in the cabin, a working woman in the post office and a school teacher in the Sunnyside School.  From 11:00-1:00 visit the cabin and meet a pioneer woman, from 1:30-2:45 visit the post office and meet a post mistress, from 3:00-4:00 meet a one room schoolhouse teacher.
    http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/2014_Events.html 
  • Eagle, WI, Old World Wisconsin, World of Little House – June 28, 2014 – July 31, 2014
    http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/2399

Fundraising

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 Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,  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 Burr Oak IA

IMG_0073I’m continuing with my project to create a round up post for the various homesite towns to make my posts about them easier to find. We continue on today with the best state in my TOTALLY not biased opinion, my home state of Iowa. (You’ll be able to spot me at any pageant roll call from enthusiastic response to the call for people from Iowa.)

Pa’s Flower Embroidered Suspenders
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/favorite-purchase

An interview with Steven Luse, the then director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, about its current state and plans for the future.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/steve-luse-of-burr-oak-ia

Tribute to Bob Brimacomb
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/a-friend-has-passed-away
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/tribute-to-bob-brimacomb

I found a reference on a post to the sample iternaries Burr Oak used to provide for planning your Laura trip to their area. I always thought it was a fantastic idea, so I just did some hunting and sure enough I found an archived copy. Here is their Itinerary for the 5 northern homesites for visiting Pepin WI, Burr Oak IA, Spring Valley MN, Walnut Grove MN and De Smet SD. Note this is from 2007, use it for inspiration but understand things may have changed since then.

Visitor Numbers in 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/burr-oak-update

Trip Reports

2007 – A TV Show Visits (for now at least find the link to watch it in the post)
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/03/14/simple-living-tv-show

2008 – Written Report with photos
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/burr-oak-spring-valley-pepin

2010 – A Video Diary of my trip in 2010
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/laurapalooza-video-diary-day-1

2010 – Tractorcade comes to Laura country
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/looking-for-a-different-way

2013 – Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Parties
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/laura-ingalls-wilder-birthday-party
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/mentions-january-2014

Laura Days Reports

2008
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/burr-oak-a-play-update
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/tornados-severe-thunderstorms-and-flooding-oh-my

2009 Laura Days changes weekends permanently
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/burr-oak-laura-days-new-date
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/mansfield-date-changes

2011
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/burr-oak-iowa-this-saturday

2011 – Roving Report
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/roving-reporter-in-burr-oak-iowa

2011 was the year I spoke at 4 homesites in one year
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/4-homesites-in-one-year

2012
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/burr-oak-laura-days-2012

2013
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/june-2013-laura-ingalls-wilder-events

Previous Fundraisers

Card Shower for Burr Oak 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/card-shower-for-burr-oak

A booksale in 2013
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/burr-oak-booksale/

These are still available, but starting in 2011 you could get a glass painted ball with the Masters Hotel Christmas ornament
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/christmas-tree-ornaments

Burr Oak Sponsored Bus Trips

Bus Trip to Malone and Points East 2007

Announcement
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/04/19/bus-trip-to-malone-burke-new-york

Malone Trip Part 1
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/10/08/trip-to-malone-part-1

Malone Trip Part 2
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/trip-to-malone-part-2

Malone Trip Part 3
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/10/24/trip-to-malone-part-3

Van Trapps
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/two-marias

Ordway Theater to see the Little House on the Prairie Musical 2009
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/burr-oak-goes-to-the-ordway

Related One More on the Way  and Similar Posts

I haven’t actually written a post about farmers stands yet for And One More on the Way, but I’m planning on it for the next conference and I’ll definitely include Annie’s Gardens as a place to stop during a Burr Oak trip.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/annies-gardens-and-greens

Look for Barn Quilts in the Burr Oak area
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/barn-quilts
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2012/06/30/and-one-more-barn-quilts

Cassville WI Ferry
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2012/06/18/cassville-ferry

Decorah
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2010/06/20/one-more-decorah-iowa

Little Brown Church
http://beyondlittlehouse.com/2012/07/09/one-more-little-brown-church

Seed Savers Exchange
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/seed-savers-fall-festival

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday Party

Crossing Over to the Masters Hotel
Crossing Over to the Masters Hotel

I was really very excited when I heard that the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum was actually going to start hosting theme birthday parties for kid at the museum. This is often a good money maker for museums and it’s a great opportunity to get a unique experience and an inside look at the museum. I immediately determined that we had to take my niece and nephew up to experience it. Our family got to have one of their very first parties.

Family Dress Up Photo
Family Dress Up Photo

Listen to my roving report about it here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2013/11/13/ep-45-laura-party-at-burr-oak

Playing Games
Playing Games

Burr Oak, Iowa is a little bit out of the way to transport a group of children, but you can also book one for a family group which I think could work even if you had to come from a distance and stay overnight in nearby Decorah, Iowa. They haven’t yet, but if there is interest I would hope they might partner with one of the hotels in Decorah to create a

More Family Games
More Family Games

package.

 

Schedule:

  • Dress up for kids and adults and wagon group photos
  • Undress up – May want to bring your own bonnets or plan on buying a bonnet for each girl or suspenders for each boy along
  • Scavenger Hunt/Tour of Hotel
  • Historic Games (for example pick up sticks)
  • Snack – Lemonade in tin cups and heart cakes (not for keeps, can buy one in gift shop)
  • I suggest you let kids pick out something in the gift shop, but that’s not included
  • Take photo in heads cut out board as the Ingalls Family

    Heart Cake and Tin Cup
    Heart Cake and Tin Cup

See the article about our party here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/mentions-january-2014

Read more about how to book a party at Burr Oak here:
http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/special-events/laura-birthday-parties

Family Photo Board
Family Photo Board

General updates about the Burr Oak Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum. Director Steve Luse has been replaced by a long term staff member. The flood during their Laura Days last June did damage the heater/air-conditioner for the Visitor Center and took out part of the play equipment in the park, but the damage has been repaired. They have returned the dolls that formerly sat in the front room to the family of the former board member who made them. They’ve reorganized the historic display. Come check out all the changes for yourself.

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.

Mentions September 2013

Time once again to share the mentions I’ve received in the last month, during September 2013.

Ready to PresentThe first is a shout out in a great blog post about a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa by author and librarian . “William Anderson is a noted Wilder expert; but Iowa has its own expert in Sarah S. Uthoff who frequently writes about Wilder on her Trundlebed Tales site.” Be sure to read it and enjoy the photos.
http://iowahistory.blogspot.com/2013/09/laura-ingalls-wilder-at-home-in-iowa.html

The second shout out is for my activities for Banned Books Week.  Kirkwood’s Banned Books Week display and blog posts made it into School Library Journal‘s website, including a photo of my display. “Sarah Uthoff, a reference librarian, has also created an impressive display of banned books for all ages at the Kirkwood (IA) Community College Library, and has been blogging about censorship.”
http://www.slj.com/2013/09/censorship/banned-books-week-celebrating-the-right-to-read/

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.

June 2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Presenting in Schoolhouse
Presenting in Schoolhouse

Unfortunately it can be very hard to find Laura Ingalls Wilder events without searching multiple websites. The homesites don’t turn in their event dates to any central location and to find the special events at locations around the country can be by accident. But here’s a partial list of Laura Ingalls Wilder events in June. Please feel free to add comments with any I missed.

Prairie Days in Independence, Kansas
June 8, 2013
http://www.littlehouseontheprairiemuseum.com/Little_House_on_the_Prairie_Museum/Prairie_Days_2013.html

Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Documentary Screening at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri
June 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm
http://www.mohistory.org/node/8163

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Burr Oak, Iowa
June 22-23, 2013
http://www.lauraingallswilder.us
http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/LIWM-poster-2013.pdf

Burr Oak Booksale

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak IA
Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum, Burr Oak IA

Help get the word out! Burr Oak is having another fundraiser.

Used Book Sale and Bake Sale April 6, 2013 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The event will be held in the Advent church in Burr Oak, Iowa, one of the historical properties owned by the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum. The church is located at the gate of the Burr Oak Cemetery. This fundraising event is to help out with the museum’s daily operating expenses. While in town, stop in to the museum’s historic Visitors Center, browse the gift shop or take a tour of the only childhood home of famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder that is still in its original location.

This event sponsored in part by LetterWerks Sign City – Decorah, IA. Donation Location boxes donated by Graphics, Inc. – Calmar, IA