July 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

July and September tend to have the biggest number of Laura Ingalls Wilder events. Here are the ones I’ve pulled together for this month. I’ve also thrown in a couple of Aug. 1st or 2nd dates so they don’t sneak up on you.

Sarah Uthoff at Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum
Sarah Uthoff at Walnut Grove Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 10-11
  • July 17-18
  • July 24-25

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 11, July 18, and July 25, 2015
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details.

De Smet SD

By the Shores of Silver Lake

  • July 10-12
  • July 17-19
  • July 24-26

Spring Valley MN

Eliza Jane School Days July -The 27-28 and 30-31, 2015

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

Evening (7:30 pm) Performance Dates (rain or shine):

  • July 17-18, 24-25, 31, Aug. 1 – There are more dates later in the Summer.

Malone/Burke NY

Find their calendar list with more details here.

Children’s art display opens July 4, 2015

Children’s Art & Literary Landmark Celebration (includes plaque unveiling) July 11, 2015 10 am – 4 pm

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant July 31, August 1 and 2, 2015

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – June 15, 2015 – July 31, 2015
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/3895/the-world-of-little-house

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  August 1-2, 2015 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

LauraPalooza

The 2015 national Laura Ingalls Wilder conference will be held July 16-17, 2015 with July 18th spent in De Smet.

 

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

LauraPalooza Call for Papers

Laurapoloza T-Shirt
Laurapoloza T-Shirt

I had meant to get this out as soon as it was finalized on Monday, but life intervened. Check out the Call for Papers for LauraPalooza. Submissions are due on Rose Wilder Lane’s birthday (Dec. 5th) and acceptances will go out on Laura’s birthday (Feb. 7th).

http://beyondlittlehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Call-for-Proposals-LP15.pdf

Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Mentions August 2013

BrandonIn August the Chicago Tribune included a lovely report by Sam Weller about his Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom. Weller is widely known for his work on Ray Bradbury. Find him on Twitter at: @Sam__Weller
The article includes a shout out to me: “There is a popular podcast, “Trundlebed Tales,” hosted and produced by Laura Ingalls Wilder scholar Sarah S. Uthoff.” LauraPalooza and Laura Days in Pepin also get shoutouts.
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-09/features/ct-prj-0811-little-house-big-city-20130809_1_ingalls-family-caroline-ingalls-little-house

I listed these next two last month, but since both speaking engagements are coming up in September I wanted to repeat them.

Little Quilts on the Prairie

One of the vendors at the LauraPalooza conference was from right here in Iowa. Little Quilts on the Prairie is located in Polk City, Iowa. I haven’t gotten a chance to visit yet, but I enjoyed their vendor booth.

http://www.littlequiltsontheprairie.com/

Sarah at LauraPalooza Made the News

Both these links have already appeared on Beyond Little House, but I’ve had some requests to add it here. So check out the mention of me in the Chicago Tribune article on LauraPalooza. Find a PDF on the author’s website:
http://jycleaver.com/portfolio/essays

Chicago’s WGN Morning News “What’s Happening” segment picked up on Cleaver’s Chicago Tribune story. I’m not mentioned by name, but a photo of me speaking at LauraPalooza is in the slideshow part at the end of the segment.
http://www.wgntv.com/news/morningnews/wgntv-whats-happening-20120805,0,3647145.story

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggedity Jig

I’m really sorry that I didn’t get a lot posted yet about LauraPalooza and my follow up trips to Walnut Grove, Minnesota and De Smet, South Dakota. I was really too busy taking care of stuff. But I did take a ton of photos and video. I didn’t get a Roving Report podcast done, but I’m going to do one summing up the trip soon.

Thanks to everyone who helped and I was so glad to speak everyone. I’m looking forward to the next trip and keep an eye on this space.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Doll Stumpers

I wanted to share that this last weekend at the Hardin County Historical Society in Eldora, Iowa I was presenting my program on Laura Ingalls Wilder dolls (hopefully I’ll be presenting a version of it at Laurapalooza next year).  I got asked whether any one had ever designed a couple of dolls. One asked if anyone had every produced a doll of Laura when she was pregnant with Rose. Someone else asked if anyone had produced a doll of Baby Freddie. I must admit both of these stumped me. I never found one or reference of one to fit either description. I suspect the first girl had one of those Barbie or Barbie knock-offs from a few years ago that did have a space in her torso to snap in a baby so the doll could be pregnant or a new born’s mother at will. With the Freddie doll I suspect they just wanted to let me know they’d heard of Baby Freddie. However, I said I’d throw it out there anyone ever hear of any such doll or want to take a stab at making one?