American Masters in De Smet 2020

Crew in Mansfield

If you’ve followed along through my podcasts in 2019 you know that the folks at American Masters is working on a Laura Ingalls Wilder episode. Previously they’ve at least sent a camera to Pepin, Burr Oak, Walnut Grove, and Mansfield. (Please comment if you’ve heard of them somewhere else.)

The De Smet News has reported they’ve now visited De Smet.  They’d saved De Smet for last hoping to get some film for The Long Winter. The De Smet News reports the team as Mary Murphy (producer), Chris Czajka (assistant producer), and Caroline Curvan (researcher). This is the team I met in Mansfield.

They hit all the highlights in De Smet down to even a horse-drawn sleigh ride. I don’t have the names of the camera man and sound operator, but they look the same as the ones I saw in Mansfield.

They’re planning on having over 200 hours of footage to be edited down to 90 minutes. The unused footage will be saved. There isn’t a release date yet, but they expect it in early 2021.

I’m really very pleased that Laura is receiving this honor and have high hopes that it will spur on more reading as people discover or re-discover Laura’s story, visits to the homesites, and sales of the books and merchandise.

I was especially pleased that coming from New York they were very positive about Laura. For years every report I’ve heard coming out of New York City and the surrounding area has been very anti-Laura. They were astounded by this and reported all the response they’ve gotten there is positive. So maybe the people I talked to in the library, university, academics, and literature that had a problem with Laura are a minority after all. That’s certainly good news.

I’m looking forward to this special and I hope you help spread the news!

Palmlund, Donna. “PBS Crew Films in De Smet.” The De Smet News. 12 Feb. 2020.  p. 1. (Vol. 139 No. 7)

PBS Van for Film Crew

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.

Audible Book Requests

When in doubt, it’s ALWAYS better to go to a library and many – not ALL, not to over promise – have databases of online audiobooks. However, I have a rewards banking  program where I have to make a series of at least $10 purchases in a month so I use one on Audible.

Screen shot from Audible

Audible

Audible is a company that sells you the ability to download audiobooks that you can then download to your various devices through their app.

I enjoy listening to a lot of them and quite a few are the very versions of older books that I listened to back when my local library used to have a lot of audio cassettes and CDs – Le Sigh! In fact, one of my current listens, Fer-de-lance by Rex Stout, wasn’t edited properly and it still periodically is saying “Cassette 4, side 1” or whatever one it is just like they used to do. This is the only one I’ve hit that does that, but I am very much enjoying it.

Other Titles

Audible has quite a few titles and adds more every month. However, they don’t have everything and there are lots of titles they don’t have. They have an option to correct that.

If you’re interested in a particular author or title, email them at content-requests@audible.com.

I’d suggest that we might suggest some more Laura Ingalls Wilder titles (click the link for a complete list of what they already have). Some of these are foreign language, others are just articles, or extremely short grabs. However, there are a lot of good books here, too.

Let’s reach out and ask for more Laura books!

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.

March 2020 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Sarah in front of the Mansfield Museum

March is the start of the year’s Laura Ingalls Wilder season. It’s still pretty quiet. However, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri is the first of the Laura homesites that close for the season to reopen each year. Walnut Grove and De Smet are both at least partially open all year, but with Mansfield’s opening it means that the Laura Ingalls Wilder season has officially begun.

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.

March 2020 Presentations

Standing in 19th century outfit in front of a screen showing a project title slide
Packing Up – Courtesy of Sarah Shaw Almond

March really kicks off my speaking schedule for the year. This year I have two scheduled speakers for March. I’m still working on my April bookings. If you want to have me come speak, now is the time!

Last fall I began a MAJOR UPDATE on my A Long Way Home program – lots of new photos from me and from other sources. Take this first chance to see the new version!

  • 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

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

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.

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.