October 2018 Presentations

Sarah Uthoff in front of the Surveyors House
Sarah Uthoff in front of the Surveyors House

Thanks to my Johnson County Historical Society school programs October is shaping up to be a busy month. 🙂

As a heads up, October is pretty much booked. I still take bookings for November and the first week or so of December, but after that I’m closed down until the last half of March. I’ve just had to cancel too many programs during those months over the years. [The weather could be bad on this end, or that end, or this spring for Urbandale it was fine on both ends and an ice storm halfway between parked on I-80. Some cancellations do happen, but we try to avoid it. 😉 ]

The Humanities Iowa program is a great deal, but they only allow me so many slots a year. Several have been taken already. So if you’re interested for 2019 let me know as soon as you can.

Just because I have those Humanities slots doesn’t mean you can’t book direct. I’ve actually had more direct bookings this year than I have in years. Get in touch for specifics. info@trundlebedtales.com

Programs

  • Iowa Library Association – Cedar Rapids, IA – Library Rescue: What Jon Taffer Taught Me About Libraries – October 4, 2018 – 11:05am (Registration Required)
  • Lake City Schools – Lake City, Iowa – Packing Up – October 9, 2018 (Not open to the public)
  • Lake City Public Library – Lake City, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – October 9, 2018 – 7pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 10, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 18, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 24, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, October 25, 2018. (Not open to the public)
  • Eastern Iowa Girl Scout Tea – Location to be announced, Ticket Required – Originally Scheduled in October Delayed Until Spring

That’s it for this month so far, but it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group.   Learn more here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/booking-a-program
Find descriptions of the various programs available:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/program-descriptions

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.

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One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

A National Parks style poster for Homestead National Monument

Start With Research

I’ve been researching one-room school lunches for a long time. I’ve collected information from parent and teacher magazines. (I’m also very distraught that there is a thesis from the 1910s I can’t lay my hands on.) I’ve also collected  government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

What People Really Took

One of my on-going projects has been a survey on what people actually ate.  I’ve been collecting surveys for what people remember taking. So far I’ve got 468 responses with answers coming from everywhere between Canada to Louisiana. Answers on what they took ranged from hoe cakes to ketchup sandwiches to a hot dog kept warm in a Thermos with string tied around the natural casing knot to pull it out.

Politics

I was surprised about how school lunch, or at least providing a hot school lunch, turned out to be a pretty political topic as it was an excuse given as one of the reasons to close one-room schools. Many creative efforts were made to fill the gap  (until the Thermos made it unnecessary).

I also found out that where you ate lunch turned out to be a problem, if you ate on your desk how did you get it or keep it clean? Plus, were students made to wash their hands? It’s lead me down a lot of interesting questions besides food.

Handouts

I’ve put together a presentation what I’ve got so far, but I’m still going to be collecting surveys. So if you went or taught in a one-room school or know someone who did, please fill out the survey and spread the word.

Here is my latest update of my Handout 2018 about what I’ve learned so far.

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.

Top 10 Posts During March 2018

Sarah Steering on Sail Lake Pepin
Sarah Steering on Sail Lake Pepin

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.

Laura and the Half-Pints

Churning Garth Williams

Gene Stratton Porter Easter

In the Kitchen With Laura Losing Words

Lord is My Shepherd and Walnut Grove Humor

Giant Strides in One-Room School Playgrounds

South Dakota Art Museum Exhibits 2018 and NEW PARKING LOT!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events During 2018

Travel Times Winding Up in Traer, Iowa

Winter Weather Update March 2018

Iowa City Park Zoo

Take Your Class to a Day in a One-Room School

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.

October 2017 Presentations

Sarah at Kirkwood Booth ISF 2017

October tends to be when things start to wind down for the year. We have fewer presentations and events, but we still will have one more burst for the Christmas season in November and the first week of December.

  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, October 30, 2017. (Not open to the public)

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.

 

May 2017 Presentations

May is a busy month for Laura Ingalls Wilder programs and mine have already started.

Sarah Uthoff sitting on merry-go-round in front of one-room school
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, May 1, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • Tama-Toledo Museum – Toledo, IA – General Laura Program – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 7:00 pm
  • Johnson County Historical Society – Coralville, IA – Packing Up – Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 2:00 pm
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, May 8, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, May 15, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • One-Room School Program for classes Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (Not open to the public)
  • Tomah Museum and Tomah Theater, Tomah, WI – May 20, 2017 -2 pm and 7:30 pm – More Details Coming
    http://lacrossetribune.com/things-to-do/article_0f3aeaea-7d41-5180-849a-76418937b5e9.html

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.

 

One-Room School Lunch Survey

Water Crock Drinking Fountain
Water Crock Drinking Fountain

One of my on-going projects has been a survey on what people  I’ve been collecting surveys for what people really took to lunch in one-room schools. So far I’ve got 424 responses with answers coming from everywhere between Canada to Louisiana. Answers on what they took ranged from hoe cakes to ketchup sandwiches to a hot dog kept warm in a Thermos with string tied around the natural casing knot to pull it out.  I’ve also collected teaching magazines, parent magazines, and government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

I was surprised about how school lunch, or at least providing a hot school lunch, turned out to be a pretty political topic as it was an excuse given as one of the reasons to close one-room schools (until the Thermos made it unnecessary). I also found out that where you ate lunch turned out to be a problem, if you ate on your desk how did you get it or keep it clean? Plus, were students made to wash their hands? I’ve found a lot of interesting things.

I’ve put together a presentation what I’ve got so far, but I’m still going to be collecting surveys.

So if you went or taught in a one-room school or know someone who did, please fill out the survey and spread the word.

lunch-survey2014 You can copy the questions into e-mail or mail. People who mail them get a thank you postcard of a one-room school.
Here is my latest update of Handout 4 about what I’ve learned so far.

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.

Giant Strides in One-Room School Playgrounds

After I read this article in the Wed., May 11, 2016 issue of The De Smet News, I knew I wanted to share it. Even within my generation playground equipment has disappeared, maybe for better, maybe for worse. Some things disappeared even before then. One was the Giant Strides. You hear references to a Giant Stride around one-room schools, but I self see first hand accounts, so I was very excited to find such an account.  Here is the Giant Strides part of the article where Donna Palmlund describes riding on one republished with permission from The De Smet News.

“The ‘Maypoloe of Death’ and Other Memorable Playground Moments” by Donna Palmlund

I was looking at an online photography group’s page recently and saw a photo of an abandoned country schoolhouse with a couple of pieces of playground equipment – one that the photographer could only identify. It was a large metal pole with a device on top that looked like it might have rotated at one time.

It brought back memories of the “giant strides” or what I called “the Maypole of death” on my own school playground in Carthage. This contraption consisted of a tall pole with several metal chain “ladders” attached to it. Children would grab on to a rung on one of the “ladders” and run around the pole so fast that they would lift off the ground and spin around in a circle as though they were flaying. It was not for the faint of heart.

There were usually half a dozen or more kids riding on the giant strides at any given recess. I normally tried to avoid ti, but my more adventurous playmates talked me into trying it a few times. Once should have been enough.

I have coordination and strength issues and I was not always able to keep my grasp on the ladder, or, for that matter, run around in a circle without tripping. So I was usually the kid sitting in the dirt getting hit in the head with a swinging ladder or someone else’s feet.

I was also a lightweight back then, and the heavier kids, who had more momentum, would slam into us. I suspect that wasn’t always an accident.

-SSU again, Also find photos on someone’s pet history project.

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.