February 2020 Presentations

Sarah in front of Ingalls Homestead Ma’s House

I only have one program in February and it’s a program I hadn’t done in awhile so I’ve been updating it. It’s called “Iowa Agriculture: Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday.” It won the Gold Seal of Excellence (top ranking of my section) at the Iowa State Fair back in the day and I think you’ll really enjoy the update.

I’ve also decided to include my two March bookings in this post because it’s never too soon to get them on the calendar.

  • Iowa Agriculture: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – Sustainability Club, Kirkwood Community College (Open to the public) – Cedar Rapids, IA – February 18, 2020 – 11:15AM
  • One-Room School Program for classes Thursday, March 5, 2020. (Not open to the public)
  • Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) North Liberty Program – North Liberty, IA – March 24, 2020 – 1PM – 2PM

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.

Women of the Century Nomination

Sarah dressed in a 1930s dress and apron doing the "In the Kitchen With Laura"
In the Kitchen with Laura in Missouri

I just nominated Laura Ingalls Wilder for the USA TODAY Women of the Century list.

Here is my 100 word or less (cut it to 99).

Laura Ingalls Wilder had an influence on the popular culture. She encouraged people to be brave and to continue on even when they are scared. To do what you have to do even against the odds. Her writing was a staple for classrooms for decades. Even people who haven’t read her books or seen the TV productions based on them associate Laura with American history and often reference her when they talk about history. It’s a good thing that the picture of American history we have is a female girl and her family rather than a bunch of generals.

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

DeSmet Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society Commercial 2019

Surveyor’s House

Have you checked out the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, South Dakota’s website? They have a new video encouraging you to visit. It’s got some really great photos of the inside of the historic homes, camera moving across still photos style. It’s commercial length and I think you’ll enjoy it.

LIWMS 2019

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.

Cat’s Meow Stage 2

My Cat's Meow Collection

Cat’s Meow 1998

Back in 1998, a company called Cat’s Meow started a new thematic set of painted house figurines. They had many new designs coming out every year. They had themes like the Henry Ford Museum or L.M. Montgomery. This time they had partnered with the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites to portray these homesites.

These classic pieces are:

  • Surveyor’s House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Third Street House (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Brewster/Bouchie School (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Church (DeSmet, South Dakota)
  • Rocky Ridge Farmhouse (Mansfield, Missouri)
  • Rock House (Mansfield, Missouri)
  • Ingalls family portrait

Back to the Future

In summer 2019, Lauri Goforth contacted the company because there had been a burst of new interest. They responded by roling out a new set of figures based on more historic landmarks.

The new figures are:

  • A map showing the Ingalls family travels
  • The cabin in Pepin, Wisconsin
  • Ma slaps a bear in Pepin, Wisconsin
  • The cabin in Independence, Kansas (original replica version)
  • Pa’s well in Independence, Kansas

And the more generic:

  • Covered Wagon
  • Outhouse

Unboxing

Take a look with my Unboxing video from having gotten the whole set:

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.

30 Top Posts of 2019

Sarah in front of Rocky Ridge
Sarah in front of Rocky Ridge

Each month I’ve started to share the top 10 blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month.  Since it’s the end of the year here are the top 30 posts with the most views during all of 2019. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. 🙂

Schedule of Presentations

Hoover Takes the Quilt

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2019

September 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Where did Albert come from?

Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2019 Events

In the Kitchen With Laura Project January 2014

Free Speech and Tinker v Des Moines

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country

T-Shirt of the Month March 2017

45th Cast Reunion at Walnut Grove FAQs

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

Booking a Program

Sewing With Nancy Zeiman

On the Way Home Live Tweet Part 1

Ep 100 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom Roundup 2018

Ozark Mountain Players Announce 2019 Dates

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Program Descriptions

July 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Amelia Bloomer’s Grave

May 2019 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

Introducing Trundlebed TRAILS

A Long Way Home A Visit with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Musical Now Has License Rights Available for Purchase

Miniature Oxen

T-Shirt of the Month July 2019

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Homestead Land Patents

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2019

Photo in Wilder Farmhouse – Courtesy of Connie Jenkins

 

 

I’m late this year listing the Laura Christmas productions this year, but I wanted to get a record of them up anyway. Look for next year’s list and be sure to tell your local theaters that these plays are available.

Christmas Plays and Laura – An Annual Tradition

It’s time to get in the mood for the holidays and for many families attending a Laura Ingalls Wilder play. There are four titles that are currently running on the circuit.

  • A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks
  • A Little House Christmas by James DeVita
  • Melodies and Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • A Little House Christmas at Plum Creek by Lisa Cordes

I’ve only found productions of the first two works this year, but I’ve included information for all four in case you want to encourage a local theater group to put one on for next year. Remind them there are only SO many versions of A Christmas Carol they can do and one of these might make a fun change.

I’ll also mention that although it really doesn’t have much of a Christmas connection Little House on the Prairie: The Musical is also available for production. Spread the word!

Little House on the Prairie: The Musical

This play was originally opened at the Guthrie and had an international tour. Then lay  fallow for about 10 years before rights were released for purchase for local production groups. I’ll try to keep track of productions if you find out about one, please let me know.

Rochester, MN

December 6-7, 13-14, 2019

Basic Information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2778904678808215/?event_time_id=2778904682141548

Peace United Church of Christ
Rochester, MN

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas by Laurie Brooks

If you want your local group to try it next year, check out the script and production rights. Learn the basics. Check out the author’s page.

Here’s a clip from a production in 2012.

Dodge City, KS
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2019
Depot Theater Company (there are 2 theaters, this is the office)
201 E Wyatt Earp Blvd
Dodge City, KS 67801
620-225-1001

 

“A Little House Christmas” by James Devita

Check with the author for production rightsLearn more about him.

Shots from a production.

Grand Island, NE

December 11-15, 2019

Basic Information:
http://www.githeater.org

Grand Island Little Theatre
3180 W US Hwy 34
Grand Island, NE 68801
308-382-2586

Greenfield, SC

December 13 – 15, 20 – 22, 2019

Basic Information:
https://www.theabbevilleoperahouse.com

The Abbeville Opera House
100 Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620

“Melodies and Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder”

Check out this clip from a 2009 production. No current productions found this year. Find out more if you want to put it on.

“A Little House Christmas at Plum Creek”

No current productions this year.

Here’s a story about its release.

This was the second year for a TV show cast reunion event. They are looking at making it an anuual event.

Colony Theater – Burbank, CA

“Little Christmas on the Prairie”

December 13-14, 2019

COLONY THEATER In Burbank, CA

Alison Arngrim
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush
Dan McBride
Wendi Lou Lee
Charlotte Randall Yerke

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.

Christmas at Hoover

Every year the historic campus (The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and The Herbert Hoover National Historic site) and the town of West Branch celebrate Christmas in a BIG way! The big Christmas event in person is always the first weekend of December. I’ve been several times and I recommend it. However, if you’re only able to visit West Branch online there are several videos to watch!

Sarah Uthoff in costume as Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sarah and the display she helped curate as part of the Hoover Christmas Tree exhibit.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Back in 2010, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum did a special Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas exhibit. Their normal schedule is big summer exhibit through October, Christmas tree exhibit from November through the beginning of January and then a winter exhibit from January through April or May. Each year they try for a different theme. The 2010 exhibit was A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas. I consulted and loaned them some of my material, photographs, etc. for the display.

Take a look!

NOTE: I actually have more footage of this on an old computer and I may edit it and get it up someday. Also, be aware that the Christmas ornaments in the gift shop were a limited supply and when they’re gone they’re gone. The Laura ones are a long time gone. Check with them for this year’s holiday exhibit themed ornaments.

I put together a special program about Christmas. This is a shortened, original version of my Christmas with Laura program which I still present.

Readers Theater “A Christmas Carol”

Another non-Laura Christmas entry is their Readers Theater production of A Christmas Carol. Admittedly as they are reading it’s not the most exciting thing to watch, but this shortened edition is an excellent show to have on while wrapping presents or otherwise getting ready for the holiday.

Christmas in Iowa

Their third and final – for now – Christmas video is Michael Zahs, a popular Iowan historic speaker, presents historic tales of Christmas in Iowa.

Bonus!

And if you’re a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan be sure to check out my latest program video – again a special version of – A Long Way Home.

But an older Laura video is a tour of their Laura Ingalls Wilder exhibit. It’s still their most visited winter exhibit ever.

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.