Packing Up: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I’m posting a more in-depth description of one of my programs each month.

Check them all out. Which one would you like to see most?

Packing Up 3

Packing Up

This was my first successful alternative to the General Laura program and it remains really successful. It’s slightly shorter than the General Laura program and includes more storytelling. It also offers even more chances for children to come up on stage to directly join in than the General Laura program.

It is staged for Laura as a young farm wife and includes props packed up in a trunk.

Program Specifics

It’s 1894 and we find Laura, Almanzo, and their daughter Rose living in a small house a couple of blocks from Ma and Pa’s Third Street house. Disaster and disease have pushed the Wilders around the country from South Dakota to Minnesota to Florida and back again. Now they are back in De Smet to regroup before they take one more fresh start in Mansfield, Missouri. Find a rich description of this time in the forward of the book On the Way Home and the short story “Grandpa’s Fiddle” from an adult Rose.

We find Laura a week or so before they leave going through an old trunk to see if there is anything they can leave behind. Each thing she pulls from the trunk reminds her of a story. Through these stories she tell about her life.

While it is a good choice for any age group, this is the program that I most often recommend to groups with a younger audience or to an audience that doesn’t have a lot of previous background on Laura. I can change the level the information is pitched at and I’ve presented it to great applause from early elementary school to adult groups.

Alternatives for Presentation

I appear in costume as Laura in the 1890s and it is done in the first person (I speak as if I was Laura).

This program can be done both with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and without one when presented in areas where projection wouldn’t work well. When done with the PowerPoint which includes photos taken at all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites and museums, it requires the ability to present in PowerPoint which means being inside, with electricity and a place to project. I can bring my own projector along or I can use yours.

For both versions I need a table up front and space to move around it.

The program is a live show so length can vary, but it normally takes between 45 and 50 minutes. I prefer to have at least 10-15 minutes for questions afterward, but that is optional and if I need that long, longer, or shorter depends on whether it’s a talkative group or not.

Sound interesting?

If this sounds interesting to you, ask a local museum or library to have me come and present Packing Up: the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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.

April 2017 Presentations

April is always a busy month for presentations and this year is no acception. Check and see if there is a program coming near you.

  • Clarksville Public Library – Clarksville, IA – Packing Up – Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 10:00 am
  • Clinton Women’s Club – Clinton, IA – In the Kitchen With Laura – Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 12:00pm
  • Roland Public Library – Roland, IA – A Day in a One-Room School – Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 11:00am
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, April 17, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • Des Moines Public Library, Central Branch – Des Moines, IA – In the Kitchen With Laura – April 18, 2017 6:30pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Not open to the public)

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

Trading Card 2017

Drumroll please! It’s time once again to reveal my trading card for the year.

I started working on this project in 2011, but due to some issues I didn’t get it rolled out as early as I hoped and card number 1 and card number 2 both came out in 2013.

Previous Card Countdown

Card Number 1 shows me as young Laura ringing a school bell to bring Laura fans to my Laura Ingalls Wilder building, standing in the doorway.

Trundlebed Tales Trading Cards 1 and 2
Trundlebed Tales Trading Cards 1 and 2

Card Number 2 shows me as young Laura again, this time it’s fall and I’m wearing a wool shawl made on a loom. I’m holding a tin punch lantern like the one Laura describes in Little House in the Big Woods. This was a night shoot and took some experimentation, but I think it turned out well.

Card Number 3 shows me in the basement kitchen of the Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa. I’m once again as young Laura, but I chose this location in honor of my new program coming out In the Kitchen With Laura. That program is set in the 1930s, but I wanted the connection anyway.

trading card 2014

Card Number 4 shows me in the other kind of Laura clothes — a Laura t-shirt and shorts. I’m doing one of my favorite things in Walnut Grove, Minnesota and wading in Plum Creek.

2014

Card Number 5 has me in a Laura t-shirt, but this time I’m in front of a little house…a very special little house owned by “seven tiny little men” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride on our family trip to Walt Disney World. I only had one Disney t-shirt so I wore my Laura shirts the rest of the days and got many positive comments on them. So let’s make that a thing. After all you could say Laura is Disney’s prairie princess, she was on The Wonderful World of Disney. Let’s see your photos of wearing Laura shirts at Disney or other non-Laura vacation spots.

Sarah in front of Snow White Cottage

And Announcing the 2017 Card

This year’s card is a little different since the place that I got them printed before doesn’t have that template anymore. The photo was taken last July on DeSmet, South Dakota on the Ingalls Homestead. It’s outside their dugout which faces the Memorial Marker. I’m wearing my 1890s Laura outfit. I was there giving my “Pioneer In the Kitchen With Laura.”

Trading Card 2017

I won’t be printing any more for previous years, but I still have some available of the collector cards from all years. Want some? I send some each year to each of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites. Ask when you visit. Or come see me present. I always have them available.

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.

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers February 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, 2015 and April 6, 2016. 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 February 5, 2017.

twitter-count-2017

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales1,500

Total number of blog post views: 137,469

Highest number of views in a single day: 389

Number of YouTube videos on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 69

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel:120

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel62,095

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel: 15,828

For a total of YouTube views: 77,923

Number of Followers on Twitter: 1,903

Number of Friends on Facebook: 596

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page: 660

Number of connections on LinkedIn: 241

Slideshare Uploads: 3

Slideshare Views: 867

Number in circles on Google Plus: 227

Number of episodes on Blog Talk Radio: 175

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 209

Followers on Academia.edu: 20

Photos added on Flickr: 135

Photos on Instagram: 400

Followers on Instagram: 122

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

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio93,935

Highest listen number for an individual episode6064

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.

6th Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder On-Air Birthday Party

Every year since 2011, the Trundlebed Tales Podcast has done a birthday party for Laura On-Air. For most of that time it’s been an opportunity for people to call in and share their love for Laura with a story: how they discovered the books, a memory attached to the books, a celebration, or a travel experience.

Pepin Cabin
Pepin Cabin

This year we have extra to celebrate since it’s the 150th anniversary of Laura’s birth.

Ep 82 Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On-Air Birthday Party
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
10pm ET  9pm CT  8pm MT  7pm PT

Livestream and chat live. You don’t have to, but it’s a good idea to sign in and create a profile before the episode airs.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2017/02/08/ep-82-laura-ingalls-wilders-on-air-birthday-party-2017

Call in to talk or just listen at (714) 242-5253 or toll free 1-877-633-9389.

If you miss the episode, you can stream it later at the same link or find it available for free download on iTunes.

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.

Top 10 Posts of January 2017

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Sarah on Music Man Porch
Sarah on Music Man Porch
Favorite Purchase
T-Shirt of the Month January 2017
Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Favorite Purchase
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017
Where did Albert come from?
Spring Valley Events 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.

Spring Valley Events 2017

church-museum

The Spring Valley Methodist Church Museum – A Laura Ingalls Wilder site is located in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Spring Valley is where Mother and Father Wilder moved when sold their farm and left Malone, New York not too long after Farmer Boy ends. They moved to Spring Valley after purchasing Angeline Wilder’s uncle’s farm. Laura and Almanzo stayed with them between leaving De Smet, South Dakota and moving to Florida. The likely barn used by the Wilders still sits on the site and they would have attended this church. The museum is open daily starting on May 27, 2017. Besides the church their are two building. One is an agriculture/one-room school building and a second is a very lovely house museum. It’s worth your time to visit all three.

Spring Valley Museum events for 2017:

Almanzo 100 Gravel Road Bike Race – May 20,2017

Our Annual Ice Cream Social is June 16, 2017 5-7pm

Eliza Jane School Days is July 24-25 or 27-28, 2017

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

After September 4, 2017 they close on weekdays, but remain open on weekends

They close for the season on Oct. 29, 2017

They have a holiday event – Christmas teas on Dec. 2-3, 2017 (reservations required)

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.