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.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom During 2016 Ep80

Listen to our 80th episode celebrating Laura fandom in 2016.

Sarah in DeSmet in April 2016
Sarah in DeSmet in April 2016

The 149th anniversary of Laura’s birth.

Laura was inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame with a ceremony in April.

Jerry Pinkney won the ALA’s Wilder Award.

I presented at the South Dakota State Historical Society conference about Laura Ingalls Wilder and Food.

Books

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by William T. Anderson

Little House Coloring Book

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

Pomona, CA

Did a celebration for the 50th anniversary of their Gingerbread Sociable last year (which was really their 49th)

Pepin, WI

Did dry run for the cabin birthday event this year

Annual meeting introduction of newly restored organ

Sugaring Off Dance

Independence, KS

Rebuilding year

Walnut Grove, MN

Karen Grassle (Ma on the TV show) returned. Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) and Wilder expert Bill Anderson also spoke.

De Smet, SD

I spoke at the Ingalls Homestead

Tessa Flak had first full year as director. 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 including current lifetime memberships, 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.

Mansfield, MO

Opened new museum that have long wanted officially in April as part as their long term site plan.

Malone, NY

Mountain Lake PBS produced a news magazine segment on the Almanzo Wilder farm.

Almanzo and Laura Anniversary Celebration – Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bill Menke, husband of Almanzo Wilder farm former archivist Elizabeth, passed away this year. They also lost former volunteer Fred Holmes and current volunteer Bonnie Demerse died this year.

Ken Pulsifer was a long time volunteer and board member who constructed a trail to the schoolhouse. A new sign was put up this year with the trail’s name “Schoolhouse Trail” and Pulsifer’s name.

Other Museums Major Events

Anaheim White House – Anaheim, California Dinner with 7 Little House on the Prairie TV Show stars – March 19, 2016

Old World Wisconsin -World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016

Heritage Hill in Green Bay, WI

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Henry Ford – Short Daily Program Oct. 1-Oct. 30

University of Missouri – MOOC Pamela Hill Smith presented her MOOC on Laura Ingalls Wilder again. This time she combined the two halves she created originally and added a little more.

Join us next time to look ahead to Laura Ingalls Wilder fandom in 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.

 

30 Top Posts of 2016

Sarah Uthoff sitting on merry-go-round in front of one-room school
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

Each month I’ve started to share the top 10 blog posts that have had the most views in the previous month.  Since it’s the end of the year here are the top 30 posts with the most views during all of 2016. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. 🙂

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Iowa City Park Zoo
July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2016
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
James Wilder’s First Wife
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday 2016
Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2016
Little House Fans Head North
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Where did Albert come from?
2016 Events in Pepin
Pa’s Beard
What comes next?
Wilson Rawls
Missing Murals of Iowa City
Laura Ingalls Wilder SD Conference Update
Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1
Monkey Business in Iowa City
Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2016
In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014
2016 Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Links
May 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Red Chief Tablets
Mary Swanzey Harris Gift to Mansfield
Report on New Project from Mary Ingalls Society

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.

September 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

As always there’s a lot of events during September. I hope that you’ll get a chance to attend at least one of them. Remember to check my events post near the beginning of each month.

Sarah Uthoff sitting on merry-go-round in front of one-room school
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

Pepin WI

Laura Days – September 10-11, 2016

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

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

  • 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

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!

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. You have to purchase museum admission to attend the program, but no separate ticket is required. You can pre-pay for your admission online. Find more details and a link to purchase tickets.

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.

 

August 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August is a quieter month than July, but there are still plenty of events to choose from.

Times 2016

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

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

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

Vinton IA

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

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

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.

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.

Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 2 Part 1

This is my third report from the my July 2016 DeSmet, South Dakota trip. This time I shared it on Twitter. The photos are links instead of showing full because I use Instagram so I can cross share it easily across multiple platforms.
See all the trip photos in one place
https://www.instagram.com/sarahsuthoff/

Wagon Rides Ingalls Homestead 2016
Wagon Rides Ingalls Homestead 2016

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