Mt Pleasant IA Midwest Old Threshers 2018 Events

People riding on a trolley see a restored truck
Watching a Truck from the Trolley During the Reunion

What Is Old Threshers?

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion is a very unique event in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There are other “reunions” where people bring steam traction engines, tractors, and small engines to show them off and have a good excuse to get them out and play with them. However, Mt. Pleasant’s event has a broad array of different events and interests gathered in one place. Besides the machinery list above there are groups for old cars, old trucks, antiques, horse teams, an active printers hall, demonstration of equipment like a veneer saw, a threshing machine, and cooking down sorghum, an antique restored steam carousel, quilts, antique dolls, button collectors, a big craft show, trains (you can ride in), trolley cars still on their track (you can ride in), a group demonstrating life in the 1840s in the log cabin village fairly seriously and a group demonstrating life in the late 19th century not so seriously (desperadoes who steal candy & dance hall girls who stay fully dressed), a children’s game area including the chance to drive an actual tractor through an obstacle course and pony rides, fair food, big country music shows, and a theater museum mostly devoted to the traveling shows of the mid-19th to early 20th century. Come visit every year on an expanded Labor Day Weekend. This year it’s August 30 – September 3, 2018.

Events Keep Coming All Year

With all this going on the reunion continues to burst at the seams, but that’s only one week a year. They have a whole bunch of other events through the year.

This isn’t their full schedule, but these are the ones I think you might find interesting.

Steam School : April 28 – 29 and May 5 – 6, 2018

How to drive a steam engine like those used to work threshing machines. These are two separate classes, one in April and one in May.

Trolley School: May 5, 2018

Learn how to drive a trolley.

The Bussey Doll Event : June 9, 2018

The event is for doll collectors and those interested in dolls. There are speakers on various topics, everyone gets a gift doll, and there are vendor tables. My post about the year they did a Laura Ingalls Wilder theme is one of my most read.

Henry County Fair: July 18 – 23, 2018

A county fair like the one the James Wilder family attended in Malone, New York.

Summer Theater Happy Funny Are People:

July 20th & 21st at 7:30 p.m. July 22nd at 2:30 p.m.

July 27-28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and again during the 2018 Reunion

Every summer they once again put on one of the plays once popular with traveling theaters to give you a taste of late 19th/early 20th century entertainment.

Theatre Seminar: July 21 – 22, 2018

One of the departments of the organization is a traveling theater museum. It covers things like tent rep, opera houses, show boats, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin shows.

Reunion Event: August 30 – September 3, 2018

Annual Midwest and Great Northern Printer’s Fair:  September 12 – 15, 2018

It is specifically geared to people practicing or curious about letterpress printing for letterpress printers, from beginners to professionals. They use the extensive collection of printing equipment gathered in the printing part of Museum B. If you want to know about how they ran the paper in De Smet or how Carrie helped run a newspaper this would be a great event to plan for.

Holiday Events

They also run events every year for Halloween when the Midwest Haunted Rails shows you a ghost of a good time and for Christmas when you can take the North Pole Express to visit Santa Claus. Dates are set later in the year.

I hope you come and visit Mt. Pleasant for the best reunion anywhere or any of their other great events.

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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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.

Almanzo Farmstead Events Malone 2017

Check out the events at the Almanzo Wilder farm in Malone/Burke, New York in 2017. The Almanzo Wilder farm is located between Malone and Burke, New York and is the setting of Farmer Boy. They were late getting started as a museum, but did a wonderful job in getting started including a two season archeological dig. They are well worth a visit.

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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.

Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 3

This is my fifth and final report from 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/

Ingalls Homestead Sign Rest Area
Ingalls Homestead Sign Rest Area

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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.

July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

This is the big one. The biggest Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite events go on in July and the most different events go on then. It really makes you wish Laura had been born in July instead of February. I hope you have some travel plans made because as always they have some great stuff lined up.

Sod House Replica Walnut Grove MN
Sod House Replica Walnut Grove MN

Walnut Grove MN

Fragments of a Dream Pageant

  • July 8-9, 2016
  • July 15-16, 2016
  • July 22-23, 2016

Family Festival held in Walnut Grove City Park on pageant Saturdays July 9, July 16, and July 23, 2016
11:00 am to 6:00 pm Check the Walnut Grove website for full schedule and more details as it gets closer.

William T. Anderson, Laura Ingalls Wilder expert extraordinaire, will be returning to Walnut Grove on July 8-10, 2016. He’ll be speaking on the 9th and will be signing both days. It will be well worth a trip. Anderson is the editor of the recent book, The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) will return to Walnut Grove on July 16 & 17, 2016 to visit with fans during our annual Wilder Pageant weekend. The schedule will include autograph sessions on Saturday, an evening speaking engagement prior to the Wilder Pageant performance on the 16th and a photo & autograph session on Sunday.

Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) will return to Walnut Grove during July 8-10, 2016. Stewart will be speaking in the City Park, Autographing her Tote Bags AND her NEW Book to be released in June. Once Walnut Grove has more details on her visit and the new Book they will post it on their website for advance orders.

De Smet SD

The Long Winter

  • July 8-10, 2016 – I’ll be presenting the Pioneer version of In the Kitchen With Laura this Saturday at the Ingalls Homestead.

  • July 15-17, 2016

  • July 22-24, 2016

Pageant Selection for 2017 – Little Town on the Prairie

Spring Valley MN

Find more about their events.

Eliza Jane School Days – July 25-26 & 28-29 2016

Mansfield MO

Laura’s Memories Pageant

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

  • July 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, 2016

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Celebration of Youth – Saturday, July 30, 2016 10 am-4 pm

  • Children’s art show will be on display, along with student essays. Award ceremony.
  • Kids art activities, 19th century games, vendors, food available.
  • Morgan horses from Wm. H. Miner Institute

    Cosmos at Ingalls Homestead
    Cosmos at Ingalls Homestead

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

Heritage Hill – Green Bay WI

July 16 & 17, 2016 – Watch their website for more details. Heritage Hill has long held an annual Laura Ingalls Wilder event and confirmed it will return this year.

Vinton IA

This is in August, but I wanted to include it so you wouldn’t miss it when you turn the calendar.

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

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.

Summer Weather Kit for Your Car

Parking SignsEvery winter we hear the local news do a story about making sure you have a winter weather kit in your car, with things like blankets, cat litter or sand, candy bars, a way to melt snow, etc. but have you put together a summer weather kit for your car? I think it can be just as important.

Summer Emergency

The need for summer supplies was really brought home to me a couple of years ago at an outside church service when a member of the congregation went down with heat stroke.  Even though the owner hosts events there all the time he had absolutely nothing to help, no water on site or nearby, no first aid kit, not a backboard or a bandage or a fan or a landline phone.

But my point was it sent me to my car for supplies while we waited for the first responders and I had next to nothing that was of use. I did have a bottle of water, but some more supplies could be helpful.

Supply List

These are some things I’ve thought of, there are probably others. The incident made focus on ways to cool down, but I’m sure there are other things to include.

1. Bottles of Water

2. Small to Medium sized towels

3. Bucket to carry water and soak towels

4. Hand Fan

5. Gatorade

6. Large umbrella for shade

7. Bandages

8. Phone (and a way to charge it)

9. Portable Weather Radio

10. Wasp/Bee Sting Kit, Itch Medicine

11. Fire Extinguisher

Heat Stress Danger

Most of these assume Heat Stroke or Heat Stress. Here are the symptoms of Heat Stroke:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/basics/symptoms/con-20032814

Here is the PubMed directions for dealing with heat stress:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000056.htm
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to print this out and add it to your kit.

My Reasons

The bandages should already be part of your first aid kit normally carried in the car, but the outdoor activities that often become more frequent in the summer make the need for bandages better. If you haven’t checked your supply lately, do it now. Cheap bandages can dry out and refuse to stick when needed.

The phone is call out if there is trouble. I have now called 9-1-1 four times in my life and those experiences have taught me that you want to be more proactive in calling rather than less. That’s especially true if you are away from an urban area where response might be delayed by travel time. My sister-in-law is an EMT and she always says they’d much rather go out and have it be they weren’t needed, rather than have you wait and it’s too late to help by the time they arrive. Make sure if you’re to an area you’re not used to being in like a campground or a park that you can give clear directions and be prepared to meet the first responders at a major landmark or gate to guide them to where the person is in trouble.

The portable weather radio is important to give warnings because a sultry summer’s day can stay that way or can quickly turn over to severe thunderstorms or tornadoes. The weather radio can keep an eye on such things for you and alert you if there is any change.

The fire extinguisher won a permanent place in my trunk after I saw a car catch on fire.

Your supplies might need to be different depending on the medical needs of your family, but always carrying these basics can be a huge help if you get in trouble while enjoying the summer weather.

UPDATED June 8 2016: I added a link with information about the symptoms of heat stroke.

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.

Most Popular Podcast Episodes

Do you know that Trundlebed Tales is also a podcast? Check out our Top 25 most listened to episodes. Podcast

Ep 40 One-Room School Equipment
Ep 42 – Projects Update
Walnut Grove Roving Report 2012
Travel Times Conferences
Ep 36 Dr. George Tann
Travel Times Disney
Ep 40 Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On-Air Birthday Party
Ep 35 Quilts and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Travel Times Project Aware
Ep 43 All’s Fair
Episode 41 – Vinnie Ream Pioneer Artist – Take 2
LauraPalooza 2012 Roving Report
Ep 37 L.M. Montgomery and the Bala Museum
Ep 38 Thanksgiving History
Ep 39 Laura Ingalls Wilder Fandom 2012
Ep 33 Adult Laura Ingalls Wilder Day
Ep 52 Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On-Air Birthday Party
Travel Times Archaeology Dig
Ep 44 – Mary Ingalls and the Iowa School for the Blind
Ep 48 Thanksgiving from Pilgrim to Pioneer
Ep 56 Dean Butler Little House 40th Anniversary
Pepin Laura Days Roving Report 3
Ep 51 Looking Ahead Laura Ingalls Wilder in 2014
Ep 31 Laura Ingalls Wilder Patch

Travel Times Roller Derby

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.