Trading Card 2018

Drumroll please! It’s time once again to reveal my trading card for the year.

My 2018 card is from Walnut Grove. I made an extremely flying visit to stop and buy their special anniversary t-shirt. This is me in the covered wagon which was the location for one of my first Laura Ingalls Wilder photos. The very first version of my presentation included that photo “Climb into my covered wagon and follow the story of Laura’s life….”

Trading Card 2018
Trading Card 2018

Previous Card Countdown

I started working on this project in 2011, but due to some issues I didn’t get it rolled out as early as I hoped and card number 1 and card number 2 both came out in 2013.

Card Number 1 shows me as young Laura ringing a school bell to bring Laura fans to my Laura Ingalls Wilder building, standing in the doorway.

Trundlebed Tales Trading Cards 1 and 2
Trundlebed Tales Trading Cards 1 and 2

Card Number 2 shows me as young Laura again, this time it’s fall and I’m wearing a wool shawl made on a loom. I’m holding a tin punch lantern like the one Laura describes in Little House in the Big Woods. This was a night shoot and took some experimentation, but I think it turned out well.

Card Number 3 shows me in the basement kitchen of the Masters Hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa. I’m once again as young Laura, but I chose this location in honor of my new program coming out In the Kitchen With Laura. That program is set in the 1930s, but I wanted the connection anyway.

trading card 2014

Card Number 4 shows me in the other kind of Laura clothes — a Laura t-shirt and shorts. I’m doing one of my favorite things in Walnut Grove, Minnesota and wading in Plum Creek.

2014

Card Number 5 has me in a Laura t-shirt, but this time I’m in front of a little house…a very special little house owned by “seven tiny little men” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It’s from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride on our family trip to Walt Disney World. I only had one Disney t-shirt so I wore my Laura shirts the rest of the days and got many positive comments on them. So let’s make that a thing. After all you could say Laura is Disney’s prairie princess, she was on The Wonderful World of Disney. Let’s see your photos of wearing Laura shirts at Disney or other non-Laura vacation spots.

Sarah in front of Snow White Cottage

The 2017 card is a little different since the place that I got them printed before doesn’t have that template anymore. The photo was taken in July on DeSmet, South Dakota on the Ingalls Homestead. It’s outside their dugout which faces the Memorial Marker. I’m wearing my 1890s Laura outfit. I was there giving my “Pioneer In the Kitchen With Laura.”

Trading Card 2017

I won’t be printing any more for previous years, but I still have some available of the collector cards from all years. Want some? I send some each year to each of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homesites. Ask when you visit. Or come see me present. I always have them available.

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.

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New Publicity Photo

From the time I started online I’ve been using the same publicity photo as a sort of logo across all my social media platforms. If you see this photo (except for one brief imposter on Twitter) you’ve known it was me.

This year at the Johnson County Fair I won a free portrait sitting, so I figured it’s been long enough that it was a sign that I needed to update my publicity photo. So I went in

Publicity Photo 2017
Publicity Photo 2017

So here is my beautiful, new publicity photo, look for it to spread out over the web.

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 2017

Sarah at Ingalls Homestead in May 2016
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead in May 2016

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 2017. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. 🙂

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2017

Photo Policy Change in De Smet

Day 1 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

Grain Bin Home Safe-T-Home

Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2017

Laura and the Butter Cow

T-Shirt of the Month June 2017

Day 2 Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017

6th Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder On-Air Birthday Party

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

In the Kitchen With Laura Churning Garth Williams

Where did Albert come from?

T-Shirt of the Month January 2017

Laura Ingalls Wilder 2017 Season Ends

What comes next?

Value of Old Books

Favorite Purchase

Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2017

Mary Kopsieker RIP

February 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2017

Mary Ingalls Society Report Fall 2017

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 1 July 13

Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 2 Part 2 July 14

My Trip to De Smet 2017 Day 3 Part 2 July 15

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

De Smet Event 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.

Top 10 Posts During November 2017

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. :) I was a bit taking the statistics this year so the month is from November 8th to December 8th.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2017

Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2017

Mary Ingalls Society Report Fall 2017

Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Events 2017

Smile You Can Donate To Laura on Amazon Nov 2017

Plagiarism The Internet is NOT Public Domain

Book – The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

Thanksgiving

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

General Laura Ingalls Wilder Program or A Long Way Home

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 During October 2017

Sarah at Flindt's Garage on Ingalls Homestead
Sarah at Flindt’s Garage on Ingalls Homestead

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 Ingalls Wilder 2017 Season Ends

T-Shirt of the Month October 2017

What comes next?

Laura at Halloween

In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014

1600th Post

Program Descriptions

November 2017 Presentations

DVDs of South Dakota Conference Available

In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014

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

1600th Post

I started this blog a little over 10 years ago in February 2007. Tonight I hit 1600 published posts. My goal has been to share information about Laura Ingalls Wilder, one-room schools, food history, and social history in general. I focus on helping to push out information I find and to create new material. 

The blog is called Sarah’s Notebook within Trundlebed Tales. I took the name from Editor’s Notebook from the editor of Food History News because I loved that publication. I picture it as a real notebook with each blog post a page of things I want to tell people about or find again. In addition to my main topics, I add a scattering of tech tips, book and movie reviews, and quotes in general. So browse around you never know what you’ll find.

From my first post to this one, I hope that you’ve found my blog useful and interesting. I want to thank everyone who has read along and I hope that you will continue to – note the number on the drafts, I’ve still got a lot to say.

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 Facebook,  Twitter,  Google+,   LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and 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.