Top Ten Posts April 2017

Sarah in Pampas
Sarah in Pampas

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. :)

Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Day 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2017

Packing Up: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

En Route to Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Author Reception at SDHS Conference

May 2017 Presentations

Where did Albert come from?

Springfield IL 2013

Booking a Program

Schedule of Presentations

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 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Sarah S. Uthoff, "In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder"
Sarah S. Uthoff, “In the Pioneer Kitchen With Laura Ingalls Wilder”

April is a big month for Laura Ingalls Wilder programs, but you don’t see as many events. We do have two this month including one I’ve been looking forward to all year.

South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference
April 28 – 29, 2017| Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri – Reunion of the TV show cast – Alison Arngrim, Dean Butler, and Charlotte Stewart – April 27-29, 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 onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Cassandra Cooper Writes Another Book

I want to thank Pauly Tee who posted this The Friend Zone interview of Melissa Francis, anchor of MONEY with Melissa Francis and Markets Now on the Fox Business Network. Francis also played Cassandra Cooper on Little House on the Prairie (NBC TV show) for two seasons. She later attended Harvard before moving into business news.

Cassandra is a Character

Cassandra Cooper was one of two orphan siblings that the characters Charles and Caroline Ingalls adopt on the television show. Landon pushed the characters of Laura and Mary to become grown married women early and that took out storyline options for the Ingalls as a nuclear family. They had earlier successfully brought in Albert when they decided they needed a boy. For some reason, neither Carrie nor Grace were effectively used as older children so to keep feeding the Ingalls nucelar family storylines they needed more children. The writers invented a kind of horrible covered wagon crash and the Ingalls adopted the surviving children. Cassandra’s brother Jason Cooper was played by Jason Bateman who has gone on to have a stellar career as an actor. When Michael Landon decided he wanted to do more work on the production side of things as he was expanding shows, he moved the Charles and Caroline Ingalls family out of Walnut Grove and they took Carrie, Grace, Albert, James, and Cassandra with them and for the most part off the show. That allowed him to not be on camera as much himself. The Cooper siblings are mostly remembered for the episode where Charles goes a little nuts and builds a shrine to try to cure James which eventually works.

It’s in the Books

Back in 2012, Francis wrote a memoir of her time on the show called Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter. 

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During April 2017, her new book is coming out. Francis: “A lot of the great values I learned on ‘the prairie’ really applied to the rest of your life….like self-reliance, independence, and hard work.” According to Francis, Landon hired hard workers, but also taught them the same professional values you saw on the show. Her new book is a self-help book based on those ‘prairie’ principles where she laughs at herself, check out Lessons from the Prairie. 

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 January 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.

Clothes are one of those things that I once kept as a firm line not to cross as part of my efforts to restrict my Laura collection to a reasonable size. That totally failed when I discovered how great it is to have a Laura t-shirt on when traveling. It really makes it feel like your trip has already started once you get in your car.

 

 

WG 2016 Shirt Distance
WG 2016 Shirt

This is this year’s special at Walnut Grove. If they have a special guest they design a new shirt. This year’s was in honor of Karren Grassle’s return to Walnut Grove after nearly 40 years. The front image is similiar to the 40th anniversary shirt.

Walnut Grove House Image T-shirt 2016

The back of the t-shirt gives the details on the visit of 2016.

Background Detail of Back Walnut Grove 2016

I got this shirt for Christmas 2016 and I just can’t wait to wear it. It’s such a beautiful blue.

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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2016

For a long time I debated if I could possibly keep a list of Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country up to date. I finally decided that current information is probably best posted on a month by month basis so for current information search this site for the name of the month you are looking for and the word event (for example September 2015 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events).

I decided that doing an annual list of the major repeating events would be worthwhile. Let me know if I’m missing any. Most of these events are annual, but check with the group hosting the event for exact dates for following years.

Watch for updates information on my events page.

Check out Ep 71 of my podcast Looking Ahead to Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2016

http://percolate.blogtalkradio.com/offsiteplayer?hostId=160790&episodeId=8210521

Sarah and Trundle Bed
Sarah and Trundle Bed

Also, find other William T. Anderson appearances around the Midwest.

Pepin WI

Annual Meeting- February 2, 2016 7pm.
This year they will have an inaugural performance on a newly-acquired reed organ, restored by Dave Zahn.

149th Celebration of Laura’s Birthday – February 7, 2016 2pm
The celebration at the cabin will be on Sunday afternoon at 2pm, with hot drinks and birthday treats for all who brave the weather to come out. “snow date” would be Feb 21.

Laura Days – September 10-11, 2016

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 11, 2016

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 8-9, 2016
  • July 15-16, 2016
  • July 22-23, 2016

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 9, July 16, and July 23, 2016
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer.

Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) will return to Walnut Grove on July 16 & 17, 2016 to visit with fans during our annual Wilder Pageant weekend. The schedule will include autograph sessions on Saturday, an evening speaking engagement prior to the Wilder Pageant performance on the 16th and a photo & autograph session on Sunday.

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction – February 12, 2016 5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Advent Christian Church Open House (the church by the cemetery at the top of the hill, you drive by the cemetery on the way into town but you have to go through town to reach the parking area and the church) – May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days June 25-26, 2016 – This will be the 40th Anniversary of the event

NEW EVENT! – Fall Fest and Used Book Sale October 10, 2016 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Annual Fund Brunch – December 14, 2015 – 8:30 am

Birthday Parties can be scheduled by any group at any time.

De Smet SD

The Long Winter

  • July 8-10, 2016

  • July 15-17, 2016

  • July 22-24, 2016

Pageant Selection for 2017 – Little Town on the Prairie

The Memorial Society in De Smet has long staunchly held that when you pay a subscription for “Laura Ingalls Wilder Lore” that was all you were getting and it was completely separate from the museum is rolling the subscriptions into a new membership program. They will honor current subscriptions until they expire, but then have a new program with varying levels and member benefits. No word about how long current lifetime memberships will be handled, but it will no longer be an option to get new ones. A wish list for donations is listed in the Winter 2015 issue of the Lore with a fuller explanation of the new membership program.

behind the barns

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Wilder Fest – May 13-15, 2016

Ice Cream Social – June 20, 2016 from 5 pm – 7pm

Eliza Jane School Days – July 25-26 & 28-29 2016

Christmas Teas – Dates To Be Announced

Mansfield MO

Future Teachers Group meets at Rocky Ridge Farm: April 8, 2016

Laura Ingalls Wilder inducted into Missouri State University Public Affairs Hall of Fame : April 14, 2016

Grand Opening for New Museum: April 22, 2016

Laura’s Memories Pageant

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

  • July 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2016
  • Sept. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2016

Morning (10:30 am) Performances: Sept. 17, 2016

Wilder Festival: Sept. 17, 2016

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Celebration of Youth – Saturday, July 30, 2016 10 am-4 pm

  • Children’s art show will be on display, along with student essays. Award ceremony.
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food available.
  • Morgan horses from Wm. H. Miner Institute

Cultural Festival-Irish Fenian Festival – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 am-4 pm

  • Celebrating the Irish heritage of the area in the mid-19th century with food, music, demonstrations, and more, Fenian Raid reenactments. More details to follow.

Annual Harvest Festival and Civil War Living History Encampment – September 24-25, 2016 10 am-4 pm

  • All Wilder buildings will be open for self-guided tours.
  • Civil War living history encampment and skirmishes
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century games in the apple orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn, Farmer Boy readings.
  • 7th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display in the museum. Vote for People’s Choice.
  • Food and beverages available. Freshly made donuts!

Celebrate Christmas With Almanzo – Saturday, December 3, 2016 11 am -3 pm Free admission.

  •  Come and enjoy readings from the Farmer Boy Christmas chapter in the parlor of the house. (Adults must accompany and remain with child.) Enjoy cookies, mulled cider, Christmas carols, and children’s activities. Come visit our gift store for last minute shopping with complimentary gift wrapping for purchased items.

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant – August 5, 6, and 7 2016. The 7th will be a Sunday Maintee.

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on.

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/4466/the-world-of-little-house

Old World Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

July 16 & 17, 2016 – Watch their website for more details. Heritage Hill has long held an annual Laura Ingalls Wilder event and confirmed it will return this year.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  August 6-7, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder expert and editor of The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, William T. Anderson will speak at their Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered event on will speak at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The event is held every Labor Day which falls this year on Monday, September 5, 2016. Last year they charged for the first time. I haven’t yet heard whether they will sell tickets or not in the coming year, but if you plan to call ahead by at least a week to see what they’re doing (I’m not sure when plans will be finalized so don’t call much before that).

Anaheim White House – Anaheim, California

Dinner with 7 Little House on the Prairie TV Show stars – March 19, 2016  4 pm – 10 pm
Tickets range between $350 and $750 and discounted hotel rooms are available. Purchase tickets in advance they go on sale January 19th. Stars scheduled are: Join Alison Arngrim, Allison Balson, Dan McBride, Radames Pera, Charlotte Stewart, Rachel Greenbush & Dean Butler. There will be 15 high grade tickets that will include a tour of the exterior sets site in Simi Valley, California with Alison Arngrim.

Books

A brand NEW book by William T. Anderson will be released on March 8, 2016. The very anticipated book is The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Anderson thinks this will be the last newly published material we’ll see from Wilder.

Available new paperback editions of 2 scholarly books announced by Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, SD.

  • Little House Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture by Anita Clair Fellman (which includes a Sarah Uthoff reference).
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane: Authorship, Place, Time, and Culture by John E. Miller

Last Updated: January 11, 2016
By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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.

 

 

Walnut Grove Pageant Video

Signing Pioneer Public Television, Public Television in western Minnesota, recently put out this lovely little piece on Walnut Grove, Minnesota, home of On the Banks of Plum Creek. I’m not familiar with the series it was done for, Postcards from Minnesota and it’s kind of an odd length for a TV story coming it at roughly 20 minutes, but it does give you a nice feel for the town. Personally I think it would work a lot better as a souvenir of the trip rather than a promotion to go. If you haven’t been, it doesn’t give you a lot of travel information, but the wonderful cinematography (I especially loved the camera running through the prairie on the museum grounds) will help remind everyone of what they saw and did when they visited. The other big highlight is that they shot some footage at a pageant rehearsal and show what it looks like behind the stage, not many people get to see either.

The first couple of minutes are an introduction and then in roughly equal parts they talk about the Walnut Grove Museum, the pageant, the dug out site and interview a fan about why she came. Nicole Elzenga represents the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum. They used it for a lot of the shots and background. They also talked with the former pageant director Dan Wahl. Stanley Gordon talks about his family and their connection with the dugout site. Fan Joyce Brennan was interviewed about trip. It’s a little odd because clearly Nicole’s interview was recorded pre-40th anniversary event, but they dropped in footage from the event. The whole piece does a nice job of recording what Walnut Grove was like in 2014.

http://video.pioneer.org/video/2365404834/

And catch up on the rest of the videos from the 40th anniversary event here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/videos-from-the-walnut-grove-museum

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.

Interview with Dean Butler

I’m doing a little housekeeping catching up on blog posts about past episodes of Trundlebed Tales. I hope you enjoy them.

Dean Butler at Malone
Dean Butler at Malone

Dean Butler (who played Almanzo Wilder on the NBC Little House on the Prairie TV series) came on the Trundlebed Tales podcast in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Little House on the Prairie TV Show last year. Butler talked about his relationship with the show and “Little House” fandom.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2014/05/05/ep-56-dean-butler-little-house-40th-anniversary

Below is an outline of the topics we touched on in the episode:

  • Butler’s Connection with the show
  • Butler and reading the “Little House”books
  • Horses on the show, had familiarity with horses, but had to learn about buggies, wagons, etc. Can westerns be made today?
  • Almanzo’s hat
  • Pronouncing Almanzo – Almonzo he’s been converted
  • Props and wardrobe he got to keep
  • Mary from Ireland calls in, Today Show reunion, what other character he would have liked to play (Mrs. Olson or Nellie), Remastered DVDs
  • Non-Little House career highlights – Gidget, Into the Woods on Broadway, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Moved into production, now produces David Feherty
  • Visited homesites (first one was Mansfield, roughly 1998) first, then realized opportunity to produce documentaries about show and homesites, Been to every homesite except Independence, Kansas. Enjoys visiting them all.
  • Role in representing cast
  • You have to support things you love
  • Availability of background features from past issues and his role as narrator of new documentary that is part of the release
  • Continued releases
  • 40th Anniversary TV Show Reunion Events
  • Documentaries for Sale

UPDATED September 25, 2015: I made a couple of small edits and updated the second link. I also updated my signature block.

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.