Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers August 2017

Show me the numbers they say and I was inspired by a poster for a concert at Kirkwood that included the performer’s number of Facebook likes. I thought, “I can do that!” I did previous posts Trundlebed Tales by the Numbers August 19, 2013,  December 14, 2013 June 8, 2014, December 19, 2014, April 13, 2015September 20, 2015 , December 30, 2015April 6, 2016, and February 5, 2017. It’s a collection of raw numbers of my online activities. I think it will be interesting to track. Today’s post numbers are as of August 20, 2017.

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales1,583

Total number of blog post views: 142,007

Highest number of views in a single day: 389

Number of YouTube videos on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 74

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 133

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 66,207 

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel: 16.628

For a total of YouTube views: 82,835

Number of Followers on Twitter: 1,951

Number of Friends on Facebook: 611 plus 219 follows

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page: 671

Number of connections on LinkedIn: 245

Slideshare Uploads: 3

Slideshare Views: 902

Number in circles on Google Plus: 226

Number of episodes on Blog Talk Radio: 189

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio: 94,611

Highest listen number for an individual episode6064

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 256

Followers on Academia.edu: 26

Photos added on Flickr: 148

Photos on Instagram: 566

Followers on Instagram: 158

Videos added on Vimeo: 21 (total watches not part of standard Vimeo statistics)

 

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.

T-Shirt of the Month August 2017

When I post my video diaries I always get comments about my Laura clothes. No, not my period dresses, but my Laura Ingalls Wilder t-shirts that I wear for travel and Laura trips. I thought everyone might enjoy a closer look at them. So enjoy our new monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt each month.

Shirt of the Month

Here is this month’s t-shirt:

40th Anniversary of Walnut Grove Pageant T-Shirt
40th Anniversary of Walnut Grove Pageant T-Shirt

Earlier this summer, in honor of the Walnut Grove Pageant’s 40th anniversary, I posted a classic – probably early 1980s? – t-shirt as the June 2017 t-shirt of the month. Walnut Grove museum director Amy Ankram responded to the Facebook post about it with a photo of this year’s anniversary shirt. Find out more about the Walnut Grove pageant at the June post linked above.

40th Anniversary of Walnut Grove Pageant T-Shirt
40th Anniversary of Walnut Grove Pageant T-Shirt

I absolutely loved it and actually made a quick detour on the way back from De Smet just to buy this shirt. You can still get one from the wonderful Walnut Grove giftshop. They aren’t on the website, but call 1-800-528-7280 and you can get them from the giftshop.

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.

Mentions July 2017

This month’s mentions of me and Trundlebed Tales that appeared in the news during July 2017. This month’s articles include upcoming reports on my shows in Clear Lake and Newton and a thank you from a prospective groom.

Sarah Uthoff in Walnut Grove Wagon
Sarah Uthoff in Walnut Grove Wagon

Delperdang, Judy. “North Iowa Nine: Barbecue, Art, Stories, and Music.” [Mason City] Globe Gazette. 20 July 2017. Accessed 1 Aug. 2017.
http://globegazette.com/entertainment/local_entertainment/north-iowa-nine-barbecue-art-stories-and-music/article_f37be3d7-1e37-5b6b-ab99-c793b57454df.html

Delperdang, Judy. “RSVP: Barbecue, Beatles and Blues, Lakefest and the North Iowa Fair.” [Mason City] Globe Gazette. 13 July 2017. Accessed 1 Aug. 2017.
http://globegazette.com/entertainment/local_entertainment/rsvp-barbecue-beatles-and-blues-lakefest-and-the-north-iowa/article_100e8478-d5e3-5a45-81b8-c0fc812a3d23.html

Klein, Becca. “Iowa Youth Chorus Choir Camp begins Monday at the library.” Newton Daily News. 14 July 2017. Accessed 1 Aug. 2017.
http://www.newtondailynews.com/2017/07/12/iowa-youth-chorus-choir-camp-begins-monday-at-the-library/aca28cw/

“My Engagement Story: On The Banks of Plum Creek.” Next Groom. July 2017. Accessed 1 Aug. 2017.
http://nextgroom.com/mystory/

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.

Top 10 Posts During July 2017

Dean Butler Drove the Wagon
Dean Butler Drove the Wagon

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. :)

Laura and the Butter Cow

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 1 July 13

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

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

De Smet Event 2017

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

July 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

T-Shirt of the Month July 2017

T-Shirt of the Month June 2017

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 3 July 14

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Ozark Watch Mansfield Pageant

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.

August 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August is a quieter month than July, but there are still plenty of events to choose from.

Wagon Ride at Pageant
Wagon Ride at Pageant

De Smet SD

The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. – August 11, 12, 13, 2017

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-20, 2017

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Aug. 26, 2017— Annual Cultural Festival – Native American Festival!

Celebrating the Native American heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, dancers, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, previously this event was held on Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on. This will be changing in future.

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

Laura Ingalls Wilder Event August 12 & 13, 2017 10:00 am – 4:30 pm– Watch their website for more details.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  – August 5-6, 2017 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Watch for their page to be updated with 2017 information

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Hoover’s Hometown Days – August 5, 2017 1:30 pm Christine Woodside of Libertarians on the Prairie and David Davenport of Rugged Individualism to talk about their respective books.

 

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.

August 2017 Presentations

Sarah in Roland, Iowa
Sarah in Roland, Iowa

August is still summer and that means interest in Laura is still high. I have two programs scheduled for August with two great libraries I’ve visited before. Will you be there?

  • Newton Public Library – Newton, IA – General Laura Program – August 3, 2017 – 6:00 pm
  • Marshalltown Public Library – Marshalltown, Iowa- Packing UpSaturday, August 19, 2017 – 2:00 PM

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 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.

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 3 Part 1 July 15

Picking up from the end of Day 2.

Doug Hansen and wagon
Doug Hansen and wagon

I skipped the morning presentations and used the time to go out to the Ingalls Homestead. I love spending time out there. I didn’t get out of the visitor center before I found a shareworthy photo. Surfer Dude ponies.

Surfer dude horses. Ingalls Homestead #DeSmetevent

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There were lots of kids having a great time.

Fun at #ingallshomestead #DeSmetevent

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There was a darling colt running free.

Runaway colt #ingallshomestead #DeSmetevent

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I explored the Ingalls Homestead buildings. This is in the barn hayloft.

Did you know there is a stage coach in the barn haymow? #ingallshomestead #DeSmetevent

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My absolute favorite thing to is to ride out on the wagon and sit on the wagon out by the schoolhouse.

Sitting at school in wagon favorite at #ingallshomestead

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Back to town for more speeches.

Tessa Flak, director of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in De Smet, introduced the speakers.

Tessa introducing Hansen Wagon shop #DeSmetevent

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One special event was they had Doug Hansen who is an expert wagon builder and restorer explain about the museum’s newly acquired 1880s-1890s farm wagon. He said it was in very good barn find condition and it only took a couple of new pieces to restore it to a working wagon “that could take you to California right now.” He pointed out how it was a working farm wagon and the ways you could convert it into different tools as needed. You could add or take off sideboards to change the size of the wagon or pull the box all together to use it as a lumber or log wagon. He also pointed out how some car parts still take their names from the parts of wagons. One of the most interesting things was that they needed to constantly grease the axles because they didn’t have any bearings. Wagons may seem like they were just thrown together, but they went through as complete engineering process as cars go through today down to what types of wood worked the best for which parts of the wagon.

Doug Hansen talking about learning about wagon

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Doug Hansen master wagon restorer #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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I took some time to check out the other things going on around the park. I got a fresh squeezed lemonade and checked out their crafts including making a corncob doll starting with shelling the corn.

Start corn cob doll by shelling corn! Great idea! #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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There was a representative from the South Dakota School for the Blind helping with Braille activities AND with a display about New York Point because she knew that’s REALLY what Mary would have learned. So many points for them. (New York Point was a raised dot system that developed in America about the time Braille was developed in France. There was a fight over which to use. Learn more in this episode.)

SD school for the Blind in site & smart enough to know Mary learned New York Point #lauraingallswilder #DeSmetevent

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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.