Unboxing Videos

A screenshot of my current Unboxing Playlist

Unboxing is a big trend on YouTube. Basically it’s a video of someone opening a package of something, showing what it REALLY looks like not just what the ads or the catalog show. I recently decided that people might want a look at my Laura Ingalls Wilder collection purchases so I’ve put together some Unboxing Videos. Some are going to be mail orders and I figure I’ll do my treasures I get in person from the giftshops. Take a look!

Unboxing Videos One By One

So far I’ve done four and here they are!

Unboxing Mansfield – This an order of a few small things I wanted, plus their new china shepherdess replica.

Unboxing Laura Ingalls Wilder T-Shirt Party – For various reasons I happened to get several T-shirts from a couple of the homesites at once. I have an extra mannequin torso laying around – like you do – and used it to model the T-shirts. I don’t think I’ll have the heart to show them on a hanger again!

Unboxing Pass Around Basket – Depending the program and the audience I sometimes take a small bushel basket of touchables with me when I present. I bought some burlap to upgrade my basket and that gave me an excuse to share with you everything in my basket.

Unboxing Cat’s Meow – This time we get Independence’s version of a shepherdess figure and the new batch of Cat’s Meow collectibles kicked off by Lauri Goforth.

Those are all I’ve done so far, but just to keep this update, here’s the link to the playlist which should show any future episodes. They show up in the as loaded order so it will always show the top video again in the preview. Check the top right hand corner for the 1/x, x being however many I currently have or just click on it to open the full list and check the end.

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.

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September 2019 Presentations

Sarah Uthoff Fake Tintype

September tends to be a busy month for Laura Ingalls Wilder events and this year it’s no exception. I have two programs. This year I’m returning to West Branch and the Laura Remembered event at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.  I’m doing my A Long Way Home program with some extra slides. This year they are doing a special quilting project. Stop by and see. My second is my annual program at Laura Days in Pepin. This year I’m doing a special new program called Laura’s Attic where we go through a bushel basket full of stuff that you can try.  See you then!

  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum – West Branch, Iowa  A Long Way Home Annotated (General Laura Program) – September 1, 2019 – 2pm
  • Laura Days – Pepin, WI – September 14-15, 2019 – 12:20pm – 1:00pm

And even though I’m not going to be presenting there, I’m going to be attending Wilder Days in Mansfield, Missouri the weekend after Laura Days in Pepin. I’ve been meaning to get back there for Laura Days for a long time so I’m really excited to attend. If you see me there be sure to say hi!

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.

Video Playlist Page Added

Screen Grab from my Video Playlists page

I’ve been doing a little tinkering with the blog, hopefully I’m going to be able to combine the website and the blog in the near future and I’m reorganizing updating and removing things leading up to that. One thing I’m trying to do is slim down the left hand options on the page which do tend to go on a long ways. With that in mind I’ve just taken down the two pages I had for video lists specifically for Laurapalloza trip videos.

I replaced the two previous pages with one page which not only links to posts with that same LauraPalloza information, but now lists links to all my other videos as well. I hope it will help you find more things to interest you. Most of the videos are pulled from my YouTube page which I’ve recently reawakened with new contact, but there are a couple links from my Vimeo channel as well. Take a look and go exploring among the Trundlebed Tales Videos.

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.

My 5 Most Viewed YouTube Videos 2019

Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel Header

I was working on another post and I came across this one from 2013. I thought it would be fun to revisit it. I’m kind of surprised, but not a lot has changed except view numbers have gone up. Some of these numbers are lower than they might be because I also cross post now on Vimeo.

You can find me on YouTube at Trundlebed Tales. According to the official YouTube channel counter I have 49 followers (come on, somebody make it a round 50, please?) and as of May 31, 2013, I had 19,345 total views of the videos I uploaded. In addition, a shortened version of my Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas program garnered views on the Herbert Hoover President Library and Museum YouTube Channel. (This link is to a playlist of all their Laura Ingalls Wilder related videos.)

I was kind of surprised how similar the video lists were. Number one and two swapped places. Only one new video was added and it bested two of the videos that were on the list last time (see number 4 below). I allowed the last two videos to be a tie since they were only 20 views apart.

1. Laura Ingalls Wilder FAQs

4,880 views (2013) => 37,542 views

2. Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas (shortened version of the program presented by Sarah Uthoff)

9,584 views (2013) => 23,255 views

3. Shirley Knakmuhs Ringing Pa’s Bell

1,320 views (2013) => 7,162 views

4. Laura’s Lapdesk Reproductions

5,926 views (First time on list)

Tie 5. Cottonwoods Memorial Site De Smet SD

1,191 views (2013) => 3,041

Tie 5. Going Wading in Plum Creek 2009-2010

1,091 views (2013) => 3,021 views

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,  watchher 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.

Major Previous Appearances

 

Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman's Club
Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman’s Club

We just went live with a new page on the site. There is A LOT of stuff that could live on my About Page, too much for easy organization. Instead I’ve decided to create some pages to link to from there. I’ve already gone live with a selection of big articles about me, mostly those available online, under Press About Sarah. A couple of those articles will soon be pulled out on to a new page, tentatively called Cited In.

Today’s addition is Major Previous Appearances. I haven’t included a list of all the libraries and museums I’ve spoken at, although if you really want a recent list of those check my Schedule of Presentations posts from the last few years. These are presentations that I think may be of interest at large events, homesite towns, and conferences. If you have any questions please ask.

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.

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers June 2019

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, 2014December 19, 2014, April 13, 2015September 20, 2015 , December 30, 2015April 6, 2016, and February 5, 2017August 20, 2017 , and February 25, 2018, and November 19, 2018. It’s a collection of raw numbers of my online activities. It’s interesting to track. Today’s post numbers are as of June 29, 2019.

Count from Twitter

 

 

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales1,818

Total number of blog post views: 159,025

Highest number of views in a single day: 389

Number of YouTube videos on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 91

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel190

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 80,475 views

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel23,166

For a total of YouTube views: 103,641

Number of Followers on Twitter2,106

Number of Friends on Facebook615 plus 247 follows

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page: 760 plus 783 follows

Number of connections on LinkedIn263

Slideshare Uploads: 3

Slideshare Views: 1,058

Number of episodes on Blog Talk Radio223

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio: 103,274

Highest listen number for an individual episode: 6,086

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 388

Followers on Academia.edu: 28

Photos added on Flickr148

Photos on Instagram: 1,188

Followers on Instagram: 271

Videos added on Vimeo: 26 (total watches not part of standard Vimeo statistics). Vimeo did send me an ad that said I had 716 views there.

 

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.

July 2019 Presentations

Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman's Club
Sarah Speaking as Laura to a Woman’s Club

July is always a busy month, but more with events than with programs.

  • Newell Public Library – Newell, Iowa – A Long Way Home (General Laura Program) – July 22, 2019 – 6:30pm

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:

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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.