Laura and the Cute Kitten

Today I was working on a newspaper database trial and I found one of the cutest quotes about Laura ever and I just had to share it.

White and Gray Kitten in grass
My Little White Kitten

This is from Record-Journal newspaper Meriden CT. It appears in the October 31, 1981 edition in an unpagenumbered children’s section.

Book Reviews by Book Worm Associates

Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I like Little Town on the Prairie because the Ingalls family gets a cute little kitten to chase the mice.  by Elizabeth Blodgett. (emphasis on name theirs)

Doesn’t that brighten up your day?

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T-Shirt of the Month July 2018

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 monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

This month I’m offering a brand new, custom design courtesy of Vistaprint. I bought my next batch of postcards with a brand new design and when they autogenerated this shirt, how could I resist?

Woman in 1890s cloths sitting in the Ingalls Homestead wagon
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

The last time I spoke at the Ingalls Homestead I was doing the Pioneer version of In the Kitchen With Laura and wearing my 1890s outfit. My mother came with me and we did a de facto photo shoot. I hope you’ve been enjoying those images. This one is a favorite.

Close Up of Shirt
Close Up of Shirt

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

June 2018 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

June is the start of summer and that’s when events at the homesites spring into full gear. Besides our normal events we have a few one-offs this year including a very unique fundraiser at Mansfield and a piece of unsettling news.

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 9, 2018 10am-4pm

Burr Oak IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  June 22-24, 2018

Spring Valley MN

Annual Ice Cream Social – June 15, 2018

Mansfield MO

Justamere Club Painting Event: This is a plein air event (painting in the open air) for a $60.00 ticket you’ll get: all of the needed painting supplies, a guided painting session, tours of the Homes and Museum, refreshments and a guided conservation activity. This Event is limited to the first 30 tickets sold. Your tickets may be purchased  online  or by calling 417-924-3626.

Vinton IA

Tours are still available, but events are in doubt due to uncertainty of the future of the building. If you really want to visit do it before June 1, 2018.

American Writers Museum – Chicago, Illinois

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page Exhibit from November 18, 2017 – Spring 2018

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 , Google+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 Homesites Open for the Season 2018

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.

Wagon Ride at DeSmet Pageant
Wagon Ride at DeSmet Pageant

2018 Opening Dates

Pepin, WI – Opens May 11, 2018

Independence, KS – Opened April 1, 2018

Walnut Grove, MN – The visitor/gift shop stays open all year round with reduced hours in the off season.
April 1, 2018 the ground open and the hours expand to include weekends.
(Mon.-Sat. 10:00 am-4:00 pm; Sun. 12 Noon-4:00 pm)
May 1, 2018 they expand weekend hours again
(Mon.-Sat. 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sun. 12 Noon-5:00 pm)
June 1, 2018 hours extend to 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.

Dugout Site normally not open until sometime May. 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. But it’s now open for this year.

Burr Oak, IA – Opened May 1, 2018 MonSat limited hours through May.
(Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm –Last tour 3:  on all days– Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm) Hours expand with Memorial Day, May 28, 2018
(Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm-Last tour 4:00 pm- Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm Last tour 3:00 pm)

DeSmet, SD –
Memorial Society – Opened limited hours in January – April, expand to Saturday during May (Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Goes to 7 days a week June 1, 2018 (Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm)

Ingalls Homestead – Opened Memorial Day Weekend for regular hours 9:00 am – 7:00 pm every day with activities from 10:00 am -6:00 pm. 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 1, 2018 (Monday thru Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm)

Malone/Burke, NY 
Opens Sat., May 26, 2018

Spring Valley, MN 
Open Daily starting June 1, 2018

Keystone, SD – Opened April 30, 2018

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.”

NOTE: The School for the Blind is in a state of upheaval. The regular school is moving to Council Bluffs to join with the School of the Deaf. If you want to tour, go as soon as you can.

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

T-Shirt of the Month May 2018

Grey T-shirt with maroon printWhen 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 monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt.

Shirt of the Month

This is one of my hot weather Laura shirts. It’s a nice light color, in a women’s cut which is much more fitted. It’s thin material and has a v-neck. If you like that cut of shirt or you have a petite frame this shirt is the one for you.

The pattern is modeled off of a sports team shirt. It says “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Walnut Grove, Minnesota” It also has a large 74. That stands for 1974. That’s the year both the TV show and the museum started.Close Up Walnut Grove Shirt

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

Presentations March 2018

"By the Shores of Silver Lake" by the Surveyor's House
“By the Shores of Silver Lake” by the Surveyor’s House

This month I have four programs. There is a unique opportunity. I’m going to be doing both versions of my In the Kitchen With Laura program, pioneer AND 1930s. It shows the difference between cooking being an art and a science.

  • Historical Collections of Grundy County – Morrison, Iowa – General Laura Program – March 11, 2018 – 2 pm
  • Winterset Public Library – Winterset, Iowa – March 16, 2017
    2 pm – In the Classroom With Laura
    6:30 pm – In the Kitchen With Laura (1930s version)
  • Urbandale Public Library – Urbandale, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – Pioneer Version – March 17, 2018 – 10 am

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 , Google+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 Events During 2018

It’s not always easy to find out about what’s going on for Laura Ingalls Wilder events around the country. 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 October 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events). Check out the page version of this post which I update with major changes.

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.

 

NOTE: The Little House on the Prairie website uses a more extensive definition of events then I do. So check them out for additional listings.

Masters Hotel Burr Oak IA
Masters Hotel Burr Oak IA

 

Pepin WI

Happy Birthday Laura! – February 10, 2018 – Noon – 4pm an event in Pepin, Wisconsin in honor of Laura’s birthday
The Little House Wayside, County Road CC, about 7 miles from the village of Pepin, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in downtown Pepin.
The museum and gift shop in Pepin will be open, with birthday cake. The party at the wayside, hosted by Kitty Latane and Andrea Myklebust, will feature pioneer activities and old-fashioned refreshments, and a reading of Little House in the Big Woods.

Laura Days – September 8-9, 2018
Their big Laura event of the year it includes all manners of celebration of Laura including a Little Miss Laura contest, a regional fiddle contest, activities at the birthplace cabin, historic crafts, and Sarah Uthoff as a keynote speaker.

Independence KS

Prairie Days – Saturday, June 9, 2018 10am-4pm

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 6-7, 2018
  • July 13-14, 2018
  • July 20-21, 2018

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays
July 6, July 13, and July 20, 2018

11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer. At this point, no speakers or celebrity appearances
are scheduled.

NOTE: One of the pageant weekends of 2019 they will have a Little House on the Prairie TV show cast reunion. They are still under neogiation so no cast list or firm date has yet been announced yet. Watch for more information. Check out my podcasts about my trip to the 2014 Walnut Grove Reunion.

Pepin Cabin
Pepin Cabin

Burr Oak IA

Find out more about their events.

Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 5:30 PM · First Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa

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  28, 2018 (Memorial Day) 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  June 22-24, 2018

Fall Fest and Used Book Sale TBA – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

De Smet SD

These Happy Golden Years

  • July 6, 7, 8, 2018
  • July 13, 14, 15, 2018
  • July 20, 21, 22, 2018

Pageant Selection for 2018 – These Happy Golden Years

Pageant Selection for 2019 – By the Shores of Silver Lake

The Ingalls Homestead is hosting a Plein Air Event (painting in the open air) in conjunction with the Harvey Dunn Society. Find more details about a previous event. – August 10, 11, 12, 2018 and August 9, 10, 11, 2019

behind the barns

Spring Valley MN

SV Historical Society Annual meeting and dinner – April 22, 2018

Almanzo 100 – Gravel road racing through the beautiful rolling countryside of Fillmore County, NE Iowa and SW Wisconsin – May 18-20, 2018

Annual Ice Cream Social – June 15, 2018

Eliza Jane One Room School Days – July 23-27, 2018

Ag Days (town celebration) August 17-19, 2018

Christmas teas on December 1-2, 2018 (reservations required) 

Mansfield MO

The Ozark Mountain Players are still in a rebuilding phase. They are looking at expanding to other productions during the year.

Laura’s Memories Pageant

July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 2018
August 31, 2018
Sept 1, 7-8, 14-15, 2018

Wilder Days: September 14, 15, & 16, 2018

Christmas Event at Rocky Ridge: TBA

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Annual Board Meeting where any member may attend Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:00am Malone Lodge of the Elks, Elm Street Malone RSVP by farm@almanzowilderfarm.com or 518-483-1207.

Celebration of Youth and Morgan Horse – July 28, 2018

  • Children’s art on display, along with students’ essays. Award ceremony and the announcement of Honorary Laura and Almanzo
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food
  • Entertainment & more!

Annual Cultural Festival – The British Have Landed! – August 28, 2018

Celebrating the British heritage of the area in the mid 19th century with traditional food, music, demonstrations, craft vendors, and more!

Annual Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History Encampment – September 29-30, 2018

  • Civil War living history encampment
  • Pumpkin painting and children’s 19th century game in the orchard, children’s corn pit in the barn,
  • 9th Annual “As Time Passes” adult juried art show on display
  • Entertainment, demonstrators, craft & produce

Sept. 30, 2018 Open extended Sunday hours 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Civil War reenactors living history encampment and one skirmish. Regular admission and guided tours available. Last tour at 3:00 pm.

Christmas with Almanzo  – December 1, 2018

  • Children’s  craft activities
  • Farmer Boy Christmas chapter readings, carol singing.

ALL EVENTS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Vinton IA

Tours are still available, but events are in doubt due to uncertainty of the future of the building. If you really want to visit do it before June 1, 2018.

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Ingalls Christmas in July – July 25, 2018 – 10:00 am

Carrie Ingalls Swanzey’s Birthday Party – August 3, 2018 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

William T. Anderson

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Her Pioneer Life and Letters – FlyerMarch2018 – March 28, 2018 6:30pm – 8:00pm

American Writers Museum – Chicago, Illinois

Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page Exhibit from November 18, 2017 – Spring 2018

American Printing House for the Blind – Louisville, Kentucky

They alternate between a Mary Ingalls party and a Louis Braille party. This year is a Braille party. Find out more about their other events.

Pomona Public Library – Pomona CA

52nd Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable – Saturday, February 3, 2018 1:00PM – 3:00PM. There will be a craft and refreshments provided by the Friends of the Pomona Public Library.

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

They are not doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder event this year, but will have activities marked as those from the book all season long.

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

They are not doing a Laura Ingalls Wilder event this year as they are focusing on their 40th anniversary as a site. They plan to have a Laura event every other year going forward.

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Weekend  – August 4-5, 2018 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Check out their website for more information as it comes available

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum – West Branch, Iowa

Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered – September 3, 2018 2pm
Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls
Wilder

Colt on Ingalls Homestead
Colt on Ingalls Homestead

National Cowgirl Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

The National Cowgirl Museum previously had held an annual event, but stopped having it. They brought it back for the 150th last year. This year they aren’t having one near her birthday, but maybe doing one near Christmas. It’s still under discussion. Stay tuned!

Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival – Marshfield, Missouri

Reunion of the TV show cast – Alison Arngrim and Charlotte Stewart – April 26-28, 2018

Last Updated: March 24, 2018
By Sarah S. Uthoff info@trundlebedtales.com

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