July 2020 Presentations Online

Me in front of the screen

I haven’t had online programs for awhile now, but this month I have TWO digital presentations. Check back to find out about new programs.

July 9, 2020 at 10:00 am – Iowa Public Radio Book Club –  Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Birch Bark House – Louise Erdrich (fiction)
– I’ll be part of the on air book club. It will stream online live. Find all the information about how to stream it.

Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode TWO: Playing Games / Grasshoppers
Interview with Sarah S. Uthoff, a respected authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, one-room schools, historic foodways, and living history will speak about her many Laura projects. She is a dominant online presence in the Laura Ingalls Wilder World with her Trundlebed Tales site and its many related connections. Uthoff is an active Wilder researcher and a well-known Wilder authority and sought after speaker.

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.

Top 10 Posts During June 2020

Sarah Uthoff in front of Surveyors House 2017
Sarah Uthoff in front of Surveyors House 2017

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.

Historic Clothes with Micarah Tewers

Laura Ingalls Wilder Summer 2020

Pa’s Beard

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

Schedule of Presentations

Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny

Matthew’s Death and Anne of Green Gables Roundup

Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes

In the Kitchen With Laura Supper vs Dinner

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Anne of Green Gables Readalong

Laurapalooza Video Diary – Sleepy Eye

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

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 Summer 2020

Digital Events Updated: July 6, 2020
Scroll Down. They are Listed below the Homesite schedule.
Digital Events Updated: July 8, 2020 
Book Club event postponed until July 9, 2020.

UPDATED July 13, 2020: Follow this link to my Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom 2020 podcast.

I didn’t do a podcast episode this year projecting what was going in Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom this year. — Boy, that was a good call. I wouldn’t have even been close and frankly I don’t know that I know a lot now. Please consider all of this as possible to change. Check directly with any site before you go.

No matter what they’ve ended up doing the museums were forcibly closed a least part of the year in prime school tour time. Like many other institutions they need help. If you have some extra money or you’re looking for something to put part of your stimulus money, any of the homesites could use some money.

Before we get into the official homesite reports, I want to take a moment to point out the biggest on-going Laura Ingalls Wilder event of the year. Starting in March Alison Angrim began reading the “Little House” books on her Facebook page. It’s had a large audience and a good chunk of them are TV show fans so it’s wonderful they’re being exposed to the books. Also, Alison is pointing out the layers of the story which I think some people don’t get.

Pepin, Wisconsin

Starting Friday, June 12 at 10:00 am the museum will be open regular hours will be 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (7 days a week). They will also be open July 4th & Labor Day. They are asking guests to wear a face mask and to observe social distance. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

Laura Days, their yearly festival, has been canceled for this year. Next year’s dates are September 11-12, 2021. There were some changes announced for this year. I think they will all still be in place next year.

Independence, Kansas

Little House on the Prairie opened on June 1st. They encourage patrons to wears masks when inside the buildings. They will also be providing hand sanitizer inside each building to promote the safety of our patrons and employees.

Prairie Days was canceled this year. They will have a special event for Carrie’s 150th Birthday celebration August 1, 2020.

Walnut Grove, Minnesota

The museum opened on Friday, June 19th. They will be open limited days: Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Limited Buildings are open. Social Distancing and masks are required.

Their pageant, Fragments of a Dream, was canceled for this year. However, they are going to do special online events. (See below.)

Burr Oak, Iowa

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa has decided to remain closed for the 2020 season. They feel this is the safest option to protect their Staff, Volunteers and Guests. The online gift shop will remain open, so we encourage you to consider supporting the museum in this way.

Their Laura Days event is canceled for the year.

DeSmet, South Dakota

Both the Ingalls Homestead and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society opened up as of June 1st. The Ingalls Homestead has put together a great list of everything that’s closed and opened there this year.

The pageant is being replaced by a radio play this year. It will be Facebook lived and then available through South Dakota Public Radio online. (See below)

Old Settler’s Day has been bumped back to August (no official date yet). The Harvey Dunn Plein Aire painting event is canceled for this year. They are exploring an option of having a digital version, but nothing is finalized yet.

Keystone, South Dakota

They will only let 14 people in at one time. Masks will be required. If you don’t have a mask the museum will have them for sale. There will be hand sanitizer for use. The museum will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Spring Valley, Minnesota

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Spring Valley has reopened as of June 13th. Visit daily between 10am – 4pm. You can walk-in for a self-guided tour or make a reservation for a guided tour. Masks are required.

Mansfield, Missouri

The museum reopened as of June 1st. New safety measures have been implemented throughout the historic site, including 6 feet social distancing. All visitors are being asked to wear face masks. If you don’t have a mask, they are available for purchase for just a $1.00.
The Museum gallery and historic properties are being capacity controlled and hand sanitizing stations will be positioned around Rocky Ridge Farm.

Both Rocky Ridge Adventure Pioneer Camps for kids are canceled for the year.

Their new event in Mansfield is the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Festival. It was held for the first time last year and was moved to the fall on the original schedule for the year.  A selection of authors will be available for you to meet and sign books at the Ann Short Turner Community Center. Its new dates are November 5th and 6th.

At this point Wilder Days is still scheduled to happen October 9th and 10th.

Mansfield’s pageant, Laura’s Memories, is canceled. It will NOT be part of Wilder Days this year. It will return in 2021.

Malone, New York

They are open from 10:00am – 3:00pm, Thursday through Monday. Time slots available for tours are 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. Tours are approximately 1 hour long, with time in between for sanitizing. Non tour visitors are always welcome, but access to the Wilder home and barns is only available through a guided tour. Certain smaller areas, for example the second floor of the Wilder farmhouse, will not be accessible and will NOT be included on the tour during this time.

Tours can be reserved online. Please make reservations at least 2 days in advance. Please call 518-483-1207 during open hours for questions or more information. Please call in advance if your group is large enough to require 2 tour groups (maximum per group is 5), so we can arrange times close together. Masks must be worn. Temperatures will be checked and contact information collected for contact tracing if needed.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

While the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site as part of the National Park Service is open with some COVID-19 protections in place, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and will be closed until the National Archives re-opens. As part of that they have canceled this year’s Laura Day event. Speaker William T. Anderson has been rebooked for next year. Luckily you don’t have to wait. Here’s Anderson’s last Laura Day appearance.

And since nobody asked, here’s mine.

Digital Events

The Walnut Grove pageant is canceled this summer. Instead they are doing a digital replacement series.  I’m going to do one interview and when I get a finalized list I’ll add the other speakers. Watch for links when they come out.

The De Smet pageant is also canceled this summer. They are going to replace it with an online production called The Hard Winter. The Hard Winter was what The Long Winter was called before someone at Harpers decided that nothing should be presented to children as hard. The De Smet pageant people decided that instead of trying to get the proper rights clearences for Laura material, they’d instead do a brand new original production.

I had thought maybe they’d do the original radio play script of The Long Winter that they’d bought all rights to when they started the pageant. Instead it’s going to focus on the town in general’s experience with the Hard Winter. I think this is a great idea for a new take because as John Miller would say there were many more people who had very similar experiences during that winter. I’m looking forward to it.

Digital experiences by both groups are listed by date below. All times are Central Daylight Time.

July 8, 2020 at 10:00 am – Iowa Public Radio Book Club –  Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder/ Birch Bark House – Louise Erdrich (fiction)
– I’ll be part of the on air book club. It will stream online live. Find all the information about how to stream it.

“Due to a technical issue in our Iowa City office, the July Talk of Iowa Book Club will now take place tomorrow, July 9, from 10-11 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience!” UPDATED July 8 2020

Before July 9, 2020 – Walnut Grove Pageant’s LAURA’S PRAIRIE CHALLENGE! If you are more than a coach potato and want to get in the stream with us, request information and apply to enter email us at LaurasPrairieChallenge@gmail.com.

Online Laura-Nellie Contest. On Zoom you will be interviewed and asked to demonstrate some pioneer skills including (but not limited to) questions about Laura Ingalls Wilder and demonstrate a talent such as baking vanity cakes, dancing with your parents or even singing a song like ‘Ol Dan Tucker! We will do an initial round via Zoom and choose great performances to share live on our YouTube and Facebook.

Pa Ingalls Look – Alike Contest. Not to leave anyone without a chance to share, we are looking for recent images of you that look like Pa Ingalls! Email pictures! Must be suitable for children. We will do a live interview with the winner.

Both contests are about fun and recognition. There are no great prizes or free trips back in time but at least you’ll have the opportunity to imagine part of history with us in our two challenges! Deadline for emails to LaurasPrairieChallenge@gmail.com is July 9th. “Laura’s Prairie Summer” will be live at 7:00 p.m. July 10-11, 17-18, 24-25! Check the Wilder Pageant webpage at walnutgrove.org and our Facebook page for frequent updates.

Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode ONE: A New Home / Dancing in the Blizzard
Dean Butler who played Almanzo Wilder on the NBC television series. Plus interview with Dale Cockrell, a specialist in American popular music will share his work as founder of “The Pa’s Fiddle Project,” an educational program dedicated to recording music of the “Little House” books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them.

Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. (DeSmet) The Hard Winter
Facebook live

Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode TWO: Playing Games / Grasshoppers
Interview with Sarah S. Uthoff, a respected authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, one-room schools, historic foodways, and living history will speak about her many Laura projects. She is a dominant online presence in the Laura Ingalls Wilder World with her Trundlebed Tales site and its many related connections. Uthoff is an active Wilder researcher and a well-known Wilder authority and sought after speaker.

Friday, July 17th at Noon. (DeSmet)  The Hard Winter: It will be on SDPB Broadcast or at sdpb.org

Friday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode THREE: Welcome Home / The Central Truth / Lemon Pie
William Anderson, author of the 2016 book “The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder”. He has written extensively about Laura Ingalls Wilder and has authored or edited around 25 books and more than a hundred articles.

Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. (DeSmet) The Hard Winter: It will be on SDPB Broadcast or at sdpb.org

Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode FOUR: Brotherly Love (V) Missed Opportunity (L) Town Council
Wendy McClure, author of “The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie”.

Friday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode FIVE: Justice with No Peace / Under the Stars
Alison Arngrim who played everyone’s favorite Nasty Nellie Oleson will join the series for a live interview with wit and stories you will not want to miss!
Barb Mayes Boustead climatologist and meteorologist who writes extensively about the weather described in Laura’s books.

Saturday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. (Walnut Grove) Laura’s Prairie Summer:
Episode SIX: Vanity Takes the Cake / Making Laura’s Dream
Pamela Smith Hill, editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography, an award winning Laura Ingalls Wilder biography.

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.

Trundlebed Tales Joins I Heart Radio

What We Are?

If you’re reading this blog, I hope that you are also a listener of the Trundlebed Tales podcast. On this podcast, we bring Laura Ingalls Wilder, children’s history, foodways and social history to life. The Trundlebed Tales podcast has been going since 2011. Be sure to find us all around the web.

How Do You Listen?

My episodes start out on Blog Talk Radio. You can call in during the episodes and listen live, livestream, or listen to the archive.

You can find them around the web at various podcast streams. I especially like to recommend iTunes where you can download them as MP3s for free.

I ♥ Radio

I was very pleased to see that my podcast has recently been added to I Heart Radio. It’s an online system that streams radio stations around the company and let’s you rearrange the broadcasts to hear what you want when. You can also listen to the local news where you live even if you’re halfway around the world. Now they are seeking to become the greatest center for podcasts in the world. Now they have joined the list of places where you can get Trundlebed Tales: The Podcast.

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-trundlebed-tales-31061903/

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.

Top 10 Posts During May 2020

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.

Sarah at the Cupboard Laura is at during the Mansfield library opening

Presents for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Fan in Your Life

Historic Clothes with Micarah Tewers

Wilder Zooms Backgrounds Release 2

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

Schedule of Presentations

Gone With the Wind Behind the Scenes

Pa’s Bell at Walnut Grove

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Red Chief Tablets

Great Auk

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.

Presents for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Fan in Your Life

I’ve recently been listening to Alison Arngrim read the “Little House” series on her facebook page. (Want to learn more? This is my interview with Alison.) I’ve been really surprised by the fans reactions. It seems like there are a lot of people who care about “Little House” books, TV, real life, etc. versions that apparently didn’t know that you can buy “Laura stuff.” They’re estatic that you can buy bonnets, tin cups, etc. I thought this might be a great time to make sure everyone realized some of the Laura basics that are available.

So you’re looking for an “eyes nearly popped right out of their head” present for the Laura Ingalls Wilder fan in your life? I’m going to assume that they don’t have a large Laura collection already. There are many more possibilities, but if you have no clue here are a few to get you started.

Homesites

The term Laura fans use for the places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived is homesites. It’s sometimes used to mean the entire town for each place Laura lived, sometimes it is used to mean the exact museum. Each museum has a giftship. The museums are NOT regularly funded by the Wilder estate. The museums are NOT funded by their states. So the museums depend on their financial existance for admission fees and giftshop sales. If you want the museums to be there when you can visit them, support them now! Find links, phone numbers, etc. on this homesite list.

Collect at the Beginning

  • Sarah and Books 2
  • First up, do they have a complete set of the books yet? If not, a set of their own is a great place to start. The three most common editions currently available are:
  • hardback
  • full color illustration paperback
  • and pencil drawing illustration paperbacks. (Note that the full color illustrations do no have all the illustrations shown in the pencil illustration versions in the later books of the series.) They are also available on Kindle as ebooks. You can also find them as audiobooks on CD and as digital downloads as read by Tony winning actress Cherry Jones.

Books About Laura

Second, interest in Laura is wide spread enough to support many books about Laura and her life. Here are some suggestions.

  • Prairie Girl by William T. Anderson – an 80 page introduction to Laura’s life
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography by William T. Anderson – a 256 page version of Laura’s life without footnotes, written at a jr. high/high school level, but very approachable for adults as well
  • Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder by John E. Miller – the best scholarly biography on Laura, “choked with facts” and a treat for any devoted Laura fan
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life by Pamela Smith Hill – more of a literary analysis than biography this biography from the South Dakota State Historical Society provides an in depth analysis of Laura’s writing
  • Pioneer Girl, Edited by Pamela Smith Hill – is an annotated version of the draft Laura wrote when she was first trying to get her story told. It’s in the first person and frankly it’s pretty obvious why everyone turned it down. Remember though it was written for an audience as a memoir – meaning it’s not necessarily 100% accurate.

Feel a Part of Her World

Third, there are books that help you feel more a part of Laura’s world. These are just the most basic for any collection. There are many other books that you might get depending on what part of Laura-dom you’re interested in.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Country by William T. Anderson and Leslie Kelly – photographs of Laura Ingalls Wilder  homesites around the country
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook by Eugenia Garson – a collection of sheet music to songs in the “Little House” books with notations where they appear in the books
  • Little House Cookbook by Barbara Walker – a collection of historic recipes as made in the books

Things from the Books

Fourth, get them a replica of something out of the books.

Many young Laura fans start a Laura collection with a bonnet and/or apron. Although you might be able to make your own or from a local source the homesite gift shops also sell them.

Charlotte Doll – This one is from the De Smet Memorial Society.

In a very memorable scene in the first book of the series, Little House in the Big Woods, Laura gets her first rag doll for Christmas. In the books, she is called Charlotte. Every homesite gift shop sells their own version of ragdoll Charlotte. These versions look very different check out the homesite giftshops to see photos and pick the one you want.

Also, in that first book, Ma receives a china shepherdess figurine. In all of the rest of the books, a house truly becomes a home once Ma puts out the china shepherdess.

Independence Shepherdess – Photo courtesy of Little House on the Prairie Museum
China Replica
Mansfield Shepherdess – Photo courtesy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum

There are three replica versions of this figurine available for sale right now.
Walnut Grove, Minnesota’s looks the most like the version used on the TV show, but it is made of resin, not china. Currently they also sell versions at Independence and Mansfield.

Walnut Grove version of the china shepherdess

Ingalls Homestead tells me that their biggest seller is a tin cup. Laura and Mary each got a tin cup for Christmas the year they were in Independence, Kansas. Again you can get these at any homesite giftshop. They are close, but decorations differ. Look for photos in the homesite online stores.

Laura’s faithful companion through the first half of the series is her faithful bulldog Jack. Most of the homesites have at least one (and in some cases many) stuffed versions of her faithful friend for you to cuddle with.

A final touch of the books might be a recording of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s voice. Laura Ingalls Wilder Speaks is a CD with the only known recording of Laura’s voice and Pa’s real fiddle playing music. Laura reads a thank-you letter to school children in California as an older woman, but it’s our Laura’s voice. There are a number of Laura music CDs brought out by different artists and groups. This is the only one with Pa’s real fiddle so that you can really hear it. Of all the Laura music CDs I own my other favorite is a Tribute to Charles “Pa” Ingalls. It also features Pa’s real fiddle accompanied by, apparently, the world’s first bluegrass symphony orchestra. Other fans prefer other recordings see them listed in the online stores.

Fifth, a gift that keeps on giving. If your Laura fan isn’t a member in the organizations that support Laura yet, each homesite has its own fan membership and the group that offers gift memberships. (Most of the time I was growing up my mother bought me one life membership in a different Laura organization each year for Christmas.)

Jack in a tank

Sources

While you can get many of these Laura based presents from multiple sources (unless otherwise noted), we urge you when possible to shop at Laura homesite museums. These museums dedicated to Laura get no regular backing from her estate and rely on admissions, donations, and gift shop sales to stay open for us to visit and preserve Laura’s legacy. Find links to their websites, phone numbers, etc. on this homesite list.

An earlier version of this post appeared on Beyond Little House.

More Suggestions

Every year at Christmas time I put together a post of new things the homesites are offering. Check out my previous posts. Most of the presents that I suggested in 2011 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016,  2017,  2018 , and 2019 are still available so take a look at previous shopping posts for more ideas.

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.

Wilder Zooms Backgrounds Release 2

If you’ve been Zooming (and many, many people have) and you want to shake it up try replacing your background. There have been places offering new backgrounds for you to select to add to your system. You can select multiple photos to add. If you want to add your own, you want horizontal photos which have an image you will look the right size in. Having other people in the images really makes it look not real, so look for photos without them.

In the meantime try out these Laura themed backgrounds in Spring Valley, Ingalls Homestead, Silver Lake, Walnut Grove, and Mansfield.

Wilder Barn Spring Valley

Wilder Barn in Spring Valley

 

Horses and Wagon at Ingalls Homestead

Horses and Covered Wagon
Horses and Covered Wagon at Ingalls Homestead

Silver Lake

Blue lake with a tree and grass on shore
Silver Lake October 2018

Walnut Grove Museum

A sign in front of the red Depot museum.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Depot in Walnut Grove

Plum Creek

Plum Creek at Eye Level
Plum Creek at Eye Level

Mansfield, Missouri

Rocky Ridge in Black and White

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.

Top 10 Posts During April 2020

Sarah in front of Ma’s House

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.

Wilder Zooms Backgrounds Release 1

The De Smet News Closes Down

Schedule of Presentations

Apples ‘n’ Onions with Bacon and Fried Potatoes

Laura Ingalls Wilder Paper Dolls from Cottage Chronicles

Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny

May the Fourth Star Wars Day 2020

Do you want to feel good or do you want to help?

Red Chief Tablets

Images Of The Past: Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

In the Kitchen With Laura Cambric Tea

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.

The De Smet News Closes Down

De Smet News Close Up

Final Issue

The De Smet News has released sad news. The April 1, 2020 issue ended the continuous publication of The De Smet News. This is the end of the tradition of a local newspaper in De Smet, South Dakota that began in 1880. The final paper blamed the decision on COVID-19 and its impact on local advertisements and other sales. However, they have been seeking a buyer for both The News and the Lake Present Times for around 10 years. South Dakota Magazine even had done a story on their search for a buyer.

Aubrey Sherwood and the News

Aubrey Sherwood was the owner for many decades and was one of the first big supporters of Laura in De Smet. He started promoting the books while Laura was still alive and after her death he was involved most of the efforts to memorialize Laura and her family around De Smet. There might not be anything about Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet without Aubrey’s efforts. Aubrey also traveled to Laura sites around the country to each major Laura event and duly reported on them in the News. He was also extremely helpful to William Anderson’s efforts with the early Memorial Society in De Smet.

Loss

You certainly can’t force people to stay in business if they can’t make money and these are not highly profitable times for paper, but I hope there is more to this story. There have been several posts I’ve done that were goodbye to a publication or an event has a follow up where they come back after all. I hope that in some version The De Smet News will rise again. If not, we’ll miss coverage of events around town. We’ll no longer get reports on the pageant, the memorial society, or the Ingalls Homestead. We’ll miss the reports of what states and foreign countries visitors come from. We’ll never get an answer to the question – will they ever finish the never ending efforts to repair the Kingsbury County Courthouse? Or what problem is the event center having now? Seriously, I’ve had a subscription for a number of years and besides finding out what was happening in De Smet when I wasn’t there, it meant a lot to have an actual item of business in De Smet when I WAS there, paying for my subscription. It really made me feel like I belonged in town. I’m sorry to have that taken away. You did a lot of good De Smet News and I will truly miss you every week.

Full Above the Fold of the Final Issue

P.S. I guess this means I’ll have to subscribe to the Mansfield Mirror. I’ve missed several issues in the last year or so and honestly they are terrible about ordering single issues from a distance since you have to call into a central office that covers multipe newspapers.

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 Paper Dolls from Cottage Chronicles

One of my programs is Laura Ingalls Wilder: What a Doll!. It’s a program where I go through the history of dolls related to Laura Ingalls Wilder and her fandom. Doll collecting used to be one area where I didn’t collect, but then I got asked to do a Laura doll program and……

Anyway that means one of my on-going interests is Laura Ingalls Wilder dolls. Previously I shared a link to some paper dolls put out by the Little House on the Prairie website.

Cottage Chronicles

Recently the Cottage Chronicles blog put out a set of pretty nice paper dolls. Find their “Little House on the Prairie” Paper Dolls Collection.

E-mail them to request a copy on their page. The copy will include a full color set and a set you can color.

Jane at Cottage Chronicles answered a couple of questions I had because I hadn’t heard of her or her site before. “These dolls are hand drawn by me, that’s the only ‘Little House’ content I have right now, but Farmer Boy dolls coming soon!  In my “free resources” section there are other printable paper dolls.” I look forward to seeing them.

UPDATED: As of today April 14, 2020, she’s rolled out a set of the Farmer Boy characters for sale for $7.00. If you want them order quick because using the actual book title in the description and charging for them might get HarperCollin’s attention.

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.