En Route to Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Today I drove over to the South Dakota State Historical Society’s Laura Ingalls Wilder conference. I’m embedding my tweets I sent today, you’ll have to click on the link to see the photos.

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I didn’t get any photos at the conference reception. I got a pre-publication copy of Pioneer Girl Perspectives and got an article from every person who contributed. Stay tuned tomorrow.

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.

Packing Up: The Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I’m posting a more in-depth description of one of my programs each month.

Check them all out. Which one would you like to see most?

Packing Up 3

Packing Up

This was my first successful alternative to the General Laura program and it remains really successful. It’s slightly shorter than the General Laura program and includes more storytelling. It also offers even more chances for children to come up on stage to directly join in than the General Laura program.

It is staged for Laura as a young farm wife and includes props packed up in a trunk.

Program Specifics

It’s 1894 and we find Laura, Almanzo, and their daughter Rose living in a small house a couple of blocks from Ma and Pa’s Third Street house. Disaster and disease have pushed the Wilders around the country from South Dakota to Minnesota to Florida and back again. Now they are back in De Smet to regroup before they take one more fresh start in Mansfield, Missouri. Find a rich description of this time in the forward of the book On the Way Home and the short story “Grandpa’s Fiddle” from an adult Rose.

We find Laura a week or so before they leave going through an old trunk to see if there is anything they can leave behind. Each thing she pulls from the trunk reminds her of a story. Through these stories she tell about her life.

While it is a good choice for any age group, this is the program that I most often recommend to groups with a younger audience or to an audience that doesn’t have a lot of previous background on Laura. I can change the level the information is pitched at and I’ve presented it to great applause from early elementary school to adult groups.

Alternatives for Presentation

I appear in costume as Laura in the 1890s and it is done in the first person (I speak as if I was Laura).

This program can be done both with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation and without one when presented in areas where projection wouldn’t work well. When done with the PowerPoint which includes photos taken at all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites and museums, it requires the ability to present in PowerPoint which means being inside, with electricity and a place to project. I can bring my own projector along or I can use yours.

For both versions I need a table up front and space to move around it.

The program is a live show so length can vary, but it normally takes between 45 and 50 minutes. I prefer to have at least 10-15 minutes for questions afterward, but that is optional and if I need that long, longer, or shorter depends on whether it’s a talkative group or not.

Sound interesting?

If this sounds interesting to you, ask a local museum or library to have me come and present Packing Up: the Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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.

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers February 2017

Show me the numbers they say and I was inspired by a poster for a concert at Kirkwood that included the performer’s number of Facebook likes. I thought, “I can do that!” I did previous posts Trundlebed Tales by the Numbers August 19, 2013,  December 14, 2013 June 8, 2014, December 19, 2014, April 13, 2015September 20, 2015 , December 30, 2015 and April 6, 2016. It’s a collection of raw numbers of my online activities. I think it will be interesting to track. Today’s post numbers are as of February 5, 2017.

twitter-count-2017

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales1,500

Total number of blog post views: 137,469

Highest number of views in a single day: 389

Number of YouTube videos on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 69

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel:120

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel62,095

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel: 15,828

For a total of YouTube views: 77,923

Number of Followers on Twitter: 1,903

Number of Friends on Facebook: 596

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page: 660

Number of connections on LinkedIn: 241

Slideshare Uploads: 3

Slideshare Views: 867

Number in circles on Google Plus: 227

Number of episodes on Blog Talk Radio: 175

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 209

Followers on Academia.edu: 20

Photos added on Flickr: 135

Photos on Instagram: 400

Followers on Instagram: 122

Videos added on Vimeo: 21 (total watches not part of standard Vimeo statistics)

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio93,935

Highest listen number for an individual episode6064

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.

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.

 

Time to Book a Program

We’re at the start of the new year and requests for programs are coming in!

If you’d like to see me in person, tell your local library, museum, conservation center, or service group. Still on the fence? Here’s an example of one of my programs. It’s a shortened version of my Christmas program.

Funding

If you are in Iowa, I suggest you look into funding my program through a Humanities Iowa grant. It’s just a little half page form and you can have me speak for $50 (depending on location overnight accommodations might also be required separately). You don’t have to go through a Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau grant, but it is such a good deal that I strongly recommend it for programs in Iowa that qualify. I am also available to speak out of state.

Booking a Program

Presenting at Ottumwa
Presenting at Ottumwa

The booking process:

1.       Decide roughly what you want me to do. Do you have a program in mind? Read all about my possible programs.  Are you thinking about extras like handouts or crafts? How long do you want me to be there outside of the program (for example if it’s an event do you want me to circulate awhile before the presentation and drum up interest?)? Also, do you want me for one program or more?

2.       Contact me and set up a date. We both have to agree on a date and time that works for both of us.

3.       Price depends on exactly where you want me to go and what you want me to do. Please contact me so we can discuss the details. If you don’t go through Humanities, normally I charge $200 a program with 50 cents a mile mileage, but exact charges can depend on the answers to number 1 above. You can talk with me for suggestions for funding.

Old Laura Cottonwood Tree
Uthoff dressed as 1930s by Cottonwood Tree at Memorial Site in De Smet SD

Qualifying for a Humanities Iowa Grant

As a member of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau, I am pre-approved for their community group grants. Find a list of requirements at the link above, but basically you need to be located in Iowa and have a program aimed at either adults or families, children only groups are not approved, but I’ve had approvals for groups that met within a school or had school groups come too as long as you also reach out to the public to come to the event. Be sure to specify how you will do that on the grant application.
Please note that you do NOT have to fill out the full grant application that is located under the Grants tab on their homepage. This is a specialized form.
If your group’s event is approved, you pay $50 and Humanities Iowa will cover most other expenses. (Extra costs might apply when an overnight stay is necessary, for supplies if you choose to add an optional craft, etc.)   For more information check their webpage.

Or contact them at:

Storytelling
Storytelling

Humanities Iowa
100 LIB RM 4039
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

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.