T-Shirt of the Month March 2020

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

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Pink Spring Valley
Pink T-shirt from Spring Valley

I happen to love pink shirts. It’s a very complementary color on me so I probably have more than my share of pink Laura shirts. I especially like the “breast pocket patch” better than a lot of them that have a large image all over the front. It’s just so subtle.

Logo from Spring Valley shirt

You Get

Unfortunately Spring Valley only maintains a page of the city government website. I’m not sure if this shirt is still available, but you can ask. They do mail orders: 507-346-7659 wilderinspringvalley@hotmail.com

I’ve added the purchase statement after a request from Violet. I appreciate the comment. I’m always looking for new ideas.

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 ,     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 February 2020

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

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Little House on the Prairie Museum t-shirt

This shirt was part of my t-shirt party video. It’s from the Little House on the Prairie Museum. They have all sorts of designs available and you choose what kind of shirt to put the design on. It’s done through a third party company.

The t-shirt was super thin and tore the first time I wore it for a whole day. So it’s going to be my new pj top.

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 ,     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 January 2020

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

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Shirt from Almanzo Wilder Farm New York

Living here in the Midwest I visit the the Midwestern Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites a lot more than I make the ones near the coast. I did make it to Malone/Burke, New York where Almanzo Wilder Farm is located once.

This is my one shirt from Malone. It features the restored James and Angelique Wilder farmhouse. It’s a two color shirt with the accurate bright red color. I love the farmhouse and I’m so glad I got it on a 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 ,    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 November 2019

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

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Children's Literature Festival Shirt

Marshfield has long held an annual event where national speakers with family connections to history and classic TV shows and books come to speak. Rev. Nicholas W. Inman leads the event and now has taken over the directorship of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum so it was natural that they joined forces in 2019. Previously the museum had sessions/fundraiser tied into the event, but now they are a full fledge partner with a conjuction event. The participants traveled to Rocky Ridge Farm in Mansfield, Missouri, where they toured the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home at half-price and took part in a Scavenger Hunt in the Museum gallery.

After a very successful 2019 they are branching out on their own in 2020. They are going to be in the fall, specifically November 5-6, 2020, 9am to 3pm each day. It’s going to be a similar event this year. Author signing be will in the the community center in Mansfield – 205 N Missouri Ave, Mansfield, MO 65704.

They had some great stuff for merchandise including this great t-shirt. I think it’s one of the prettiest in my collection. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for when they announce next year’s! Catch my unboxing video that features it.

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 ,    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 August 2019

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

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Full Body of Prairie Girl Shirt
Full Length of Prairie Girl Shirt

I’m sharing this shirt right now because Little House on the Prairie: The Musical has now performance rights available. Learn more about the history of the play.

Merchandising

This is a shirt that launched a lawsuit – sort of. Although the merchandising rights to Little House on the Prairie had transferred from Roger Lea MacBride to Ed Friendly through the contract that resulted in Ed Friendly’s gaining the rights to develop and produce the Little House on the Prairie TV show, the Friendly organization didn’t really utilize those rights between the times the Ashton Drake dolls came out in the mid-1990s and the production work of the musical in 2007. In the meantime the Little House on the Prairie homesite in Kansas had developed as a family owned business in Independence, Kansas under the name “Little House on the Prairie.” They had trademarked the name, had purchased and were using the corresponding URL, etc. All of this unremarked by anyone for years.

When the “Little House on the Prairie: The Musical” play debuted at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they wanted to follow regular theater practice of selling things with the name of the show. They were in contact with both the Friendly production company and the historic site who both claimed the merchandising rights on the name. A lawsuit was filed and eventually a settlement was reached which ended with the Friendly company retaining the rights plus gaining the URL and the historic site continuing operations under the name Little House on the Prairie Museum with the word museum featured in all branding. (Note: I make this description from various news articles, public fillings, and things I personally knew happened. I’m neither a lawyer, nor was I privy to any insider information so take my opinion of what happened as you will. There was more to it than this, but it’s the gist.)

Back to the Guthrie

So as the play was opening at the Guthrie none of this had yet been settled and taking a look at the competing field the production company decided to stay out of the fray as much as possible. Personally I think that’s the best thing they could do at that time. However, that meant that they weren’t able to use the “Little House” name on anything that didn’t say the full name of the play so they were very careful . They had to get inventive. They came up with more generic phrases and images that still made you think of Laura, the ultimate “Prairie Girl” which is featured on this shirt and several different similar phrases on a variety of items. By the time they made Sioux Falls on the national tour they had stuff (including shirts) with the play name.

This shirt isn’t offered anymore I’m sorry to say because I think it’s really pretty. I also really like brown and tan Laura shirts because if you are on a Laura trip there is a lot of dirt and they hide it the best.

However, the good news if you want to see the play itself, they recently released production rights for purchase by local shows. Share it around with local theater companies and see if you can get it staged. If you do please let me know.

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 November 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

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Brown shirt tied with twine
Wrapped Shirt from Loftus Store

The Loftus Store always has interesting shirts. Some of my favorites I’ve shared come from there like my tie dyed oh my gosh it’s hot shirt and my silhouette t-shirt. This one comes so cute tied up with twine.

Brown shirt with golden stitching
Embroidered Little Town shirt

I was very glad to get it because it’s the chocolate color I love. I like tan and brown shirts for Laura travel. They are hard to find.

Tan Embroidery of Various Colors
Embroidered Little Town on the Prairie

I especially like that instead of being printed like most shirts, it’s sewn. You can see the stitching a little better at an angle.

Angle Shot of Embroidery
Angle Shot of Embroidery

I think this is the perfect shirt for a fall Laura trip.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder autI think hority 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 August 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.

T-Shirt of the Month

Here’s this month’s shirt:

Pink T-shirt with black print
“Fragments of a Dream” – Walnut Grove Pageant 2015

Fragments of a Dream is the most Hollywood of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageants. One of the cool things about it is their great logo that they have kept through the years. I had done a previous post of a shirt from somewhere in the 1980s using a similar design, but with an ’80s twist.

My t-shirt addiction is getting worse. Even though I already had a similar shirt to this one on my trip to Walnut Grove in 2015 I couldn’t help myself and so it came home with me.

As you know a big flood damaged their grounds. A fundraiser is underway. Keep them in mind.

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.