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.

 

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

A big Laura Ingalls Wilder conference was held by the South Dakota State Society History Conference April 28 – 29, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There was a lot of excitement when TPTB announced they were going to be offering DVDs of the proceedings. I haven’t done my full report on the conference yet — I’ve been waiting to rewatch on the DVDs first — but I did interview Nancy Koupal about it.

John E. Miller
John E. Miller

DVDs of Conference Available

Full information about the DVDs was coming later AND it’s finally later. Whether you attended in person or not, you can purchase a set of the DVDs of the full conference.

The cost is $50 for the full set, plus $5 for shipping, and it includes 7 DVDs that cover the entire conference.

You may pay by check, please make it to SD Historical Society Conference, or credit card by calling (605) 773-6009.

Mail checks to:
Jennifer E. McIntyre
Marketing Director
Associate Editor
South Dakota Historical Society Press
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

What’s On It?

Find out more information about the conference. It has the full presentations of all speakers. The speakers were the people who had been selected to submit essays for Pioneer Girl Perspectives which was released at the conference.

Featured Speakers

William Anderson, an award-winning historian and author, has written extensively on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House novels. Hear his podcast episode.

Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America’s two-volume edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.

Michael Patrick Hearn, a scholar of American literature, is one of the country’s leading specialists in children’s literature and its illustrators.

Nancy Tystad Koupal is director and editor-in-chief of the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Pioneer Girl Project and the South Dakota Historical Society Press. Hear her podcast episode.

Elizabeth Jameson has conducted in-depth studies into the history of women in the West, including the pioneer narratives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.

Sallie Ketcham is the author of Laura Ingalls Wilder: American Writer on the Prairie, which is a part of the Routledge Historical Americans series.

Amy Lauters is the author of The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, which explores Lane’s literary and journalistic career.

John E. Miller has published three books on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life, career, and place as a Midwestern woman. Hear his podcast episode.

Paula M. Nelson has written extensively on rural women’s history and the agricultural settlement of the Great Plains.

Ann Romines won the Children’s Literature Association’s award for best scholarly book on children’s literature for Constructing the Little House: Gender, Culture, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Noel Silverman has worked with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy for over forty-five years and as counsel to the Little House Heritage Trust since its inception.

Upcoming Post

Once I’ve had a chance to watch it again look for my full report on the conference.

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 Ten Posts May 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. :)

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Value of Old Books

In the Kitchen With Laura Churning Garth Williams

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Day 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

June 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Mentions May 2017

May 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Where did Albert come from?

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.

Mansfield Pageant Dates 2017

Mansfield Pageant
Mansfield Pageant

What Is It?

You’ve probably heard of the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageants in DeSmet, South Dakota, and Walnut Grove, Minnesota, but do you know there is a pageant in Mansfield, Missouri? This pageant is put on by the Ozark Mountain Players and is called Laura’s Memories.

What’s Different from the Other Pageants?

One major difference is that this pageant is a musical. Frankly I like the music better than the Little House on the Prairie the Musical that got a national tour. I’ve only seen it once in person (although I’ve also seen in on DVD), but I can still sing part of a couple of the songs. ♫♪”Farmer boy, Farmer boy…” ♪♫

Unlike the other two pageants it seeks to tell Laura’s entire life story rather than just a part of it or to dramatize one of the books. It plays off the only known recording of Laura’s voice using that as a set up as Laura shares memories from her life. A unique thing is that they rotate roles as time progresses so no one person has to learn an excessive amount of dialogue, which can be a little difficult to follow until you figure it out.  Important to the audience it also features the most professional theater stage and the best back support for the seats.

Dates

Uniquely for the pageants it splits its dates every year with some during the summer and the rest in September as part of the lead up to Wilder Days. They were very late getting the dates out this year, so I’m taking this special post to share them. I’ve updated my events page with these and a couple of other things lately, so take a look.

  • July 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2017
  • Sept 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2017
  • Wilder Days: September 15,16, & 17, 2017

I can honestly highly recommend this pageant. So if you’re looking for a last minute Laura trip. Take a look!

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 Homesites Open for the Season 2017

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Season has officially gotten underway again. If you plan a Laura trip before they open, make sure you call ahead. The homesite museums that are not fully open, may or may not be able to accommodate you by opening the museum, etc. or giving lists of what there is to see.

Independence, Kansas
Independence, Kansas

2017 Opening Dates

Pepin, WI – Opens May 12, 2017

Independence, KS – Opened March 1, 2017

Walnut Grove, MN – The visitor/gift shop stays open all year round with reduced hours in the off season. April 1, 2017 the ground open and the hours expand to include weekends. They add Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday Noon – 4:00pm. May 1, 2017 they expand weekend hours again to Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday Noon – 5:00pm. June 1, 2017 hours extend to 10:00am – 6:00pm daily.

Dugout Site normally not open until May, but this year it reopened this week. The date is dependent on weather conditions, if there is still snow or if it’s flooded it won’t open as early. Call ahead and check.

Burr Oak, IA – Opened May 1, 2017 MonSat limited hours through May. Hours expand with Memorial Day.

DeSmet, SD –
Memorial Society – Opened limited hours in January – April, expand to Saturday during May, and then go to 7 days a week June 1st.

Ingalls Homestead – Opened Memorial Day Weekend for regular hours 9am -7pm every day with activities from 10am -6pm. They host school visits M-F through May so if you plan on a visit before they officially open next year, you may not be out of luck.  Visitors are welcome to join up with a school group, but should call or email first to get specific times as they vary daily.  800-776-3594 – mail@ingallshomestead.com

Mansfield, MO –
Opened March 1st, 2017

Malone, NY
Opened Sat., May 27, 2017

Spring Valley, MN
Regular hours on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat., May 27, 2017.

Keystone, SD – Opened June 1, 2017

Vinton, IA – Since they are kind of in a different situation, being part of an institution that has to be open all year. They don’t have stated open hours, but will gladly give a tour by appointment. Pat Barr wrote “We  will give a tour any day Monday through Friday. They may call Justin Ruegg at 319-472-5221, Extension 1226 or myself at 319-472-5221, Extension 1110.”

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.

Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes

Story Goes…

Just how did photographer Les Kelly get to be such an important part of the vision of Laura Homesites? Here’s William T. Anderson with the story.

“I was speaking at the Pomona Public Library….Kids were in costume.  I noticed Les taking many pictures, esp of his kids in costume, Erin and Patrick.  We chatted and he told me of his interest in photography.

Later that year Yumiko was contacted by a publisher in Japan interested in doing a Wilder phioto book (which became LIW COUNTRY). She asked me about finding a photographer who would go to all the sites.   I realized that any professional would want expenses paid, and would never trek to the out of the way Little House sites on speculation.  There was no advance money.   Then I thought of Les, as the only person I could think of who would tackle such a project with personal interest and enthusiasm. He did. This led to many projects of his.  The rest if history!”

Obituary

Leslie A. Kelly was a resident of Orange County, California. I was tipped off by a post from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De Smet, South Dakota that he’d passed so I found his obituary.

Obituary Page

Published about Laura and the Amish

Kelly was a photographer and for awhile was the main Laura photographer. He teams with William Anderson for books like Laura Ingalls Wilder Country and was the photographer behind many of the photo postcards still sold by the various homesite giftshops.

Harper Collins Author Page

His Website

Kelly was very far seeing in registering LauraIngallsWilder.net, .org and several other permutations. A few years ago he decided to retire and take down his site. He put the domains up for sale and it looks like they were all bought as redirects for:

http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/about-us/laura-ingalls-wilder-documentary

Besides co-producing several books, Kelly also shared a website with Laura historian William T. Anderson.

His Biography For His Website as of 2008

Leslie A. Kelly, "Little House Home Sites" Photographer
 Leslie A. Kelly, a resident of Huntington Beach, California, is an internationally known photographer and writer. He has traveled the United States since 1973 photographing Americana. His travel stories and photography about the Amish, covered bridges, rural courthouses and other Americana have appeared in more than 120 magazines, books and calendars in the United States, Europe and Japan, to include Time Magazine, Literary Places In The US, National Geographic Guide To Small Town Escapes, Country, Farm and Ranch Living, Delta Airlines' SKY Magazine, Country America, Touring America and Trailer Life.

 Working with Anderson, Kelly has supplied color photography for Laura Ingalls Wilder Country (Harper Collins, 1990), Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1992), Little House Country: A Photo Guide to the Home Sites of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1989), Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook (Harper Collins, 1995) and Little House Guidebook (Harper Collins, 1996) and Little House on the Prairie Photo Guide (Japanese language version, 1988, Kyuryudo Publishing).

 With Doyle Yoder, Kelly was co-author and co-photographer for America's Amish Country (1992) and America's Amish Country II (America's Amish Country Revisited) (2000). He has also authored and provided all current photography for two books for the California Gold Rush Sesquicentennial, California's Gold Rush Country 1848 - 1998 (1997) and Traveling California's Gold Rush Country (1997).

 Kelly also operates a number of websites to include Amish.Net with online information about the Amish lifestyle and tourism services, California's Gold Rush Country, Show Me The Gold® Tours and NetCopyrightLaw Net Consulting Services.

 Kelly is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home Association in Mansfield, a current member of the Oregon California Trails Association, and a current member and former Publicity Director for the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.

Lawsuit Over Thumbnails and Pinterest

The very fact that he was an early user lead him to file a far reaching lawsuit, Kelly v. Arriba-Soft. This Supreme Court reaching case focused on a search tool that created thumbnails of pictures harvested from a website that you would then click through to that website. Kelly claimed that this use of his images without his consent violated copyright. The company behind the website claimed it was fair use. They won.

Standford Summary (Search for Kelly on the page)

This case has been cited by many people for support for services like Pinterest even though the situations are not all that similar since a key point in the decision was that the service did no actually posting to an independent website and that it merely directed people to the original source. Here are a couple of blog posts that cite the case.

More on the questioning Pinterest legality side

More on the hey it’s fair use fine side

Legacy

Through his images Kelly made a long lasting mark both on Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom and on legal world of the internet. He will be remembered.

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 December 2016

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead

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. :)

Little House Fans Head North
Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2016
25 Laura Days of Christmas
Welcome to the 150th Anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Birth Year
Where did Albert come from?
Pepin County Celebrates 150 Years – Pepin Pickling Company
Mary Ingalls ISBSSS Society Update Fall 2016
T-Shirt of the Month December 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2016

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.