T-Shirt of the Month March 2017

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 new monthly series where we look at a Laura shirt each month.

Clothes are one of those things that I once kept as a firm line not to cross as part of my efforts to restrict my Laura collection to a reasonable size. That totally failed when I discovered how great it is to have a Laura t-shirt on when traveling. It really makes it feel like your trip has already started once you get in your car.

Nellie's Restaurant T-shirt
Nellie’s Restaurant T-shirt

One of the things the actual town of Walnut Grove has done to mirror the TV town is to call the local restaurant Nellie’s. On the show Mrs. Oleson opens a restaurant to give Nellie something constructive to do. It ultimately brought in the character who would become Nellie’s husband. The real restaurant doesn’t look much like it’s TV counterpart.

Nellie's Restaurant Exterior
Nellie’s Restaurant Exterior

It was on my list of things to do to eat there, but I hadn’t made it for several trips. When I finally made it, I made sure to buy the t-shirt.

Sarah at Nellie's Restaurant
Sarah at Nellie’s Restaurant

It was a fun mom and pop style restaurant. I had a lovely breakfast. I hope you make it on your next Walnut Grove trip.

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 Ten Posts February 2017

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :) I’ve added a couple of extras this time because I like them and I removed one because the page and the post have the same information and I didn’t think we needed both.

Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April
Sarah on Ingalls Homestead in April
Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference
6th Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder On-Air Birthday Party
February 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Mary Kopsieker RIP
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Black Squirrels
Trading Card 2017
Where did Albert come from?
Registration is Open for CSAA 2017
Almanzo Farmstead Events Malone 2017
Homestead Images on Quarter
Oregon Trail the Game
Oregon Trail Again
What comes next?

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.

Trading Card 2017

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

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.

Previous Card Countdown

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

And Announcing the 2017 Card

This year’s card is a little different since the place that I got them printed before doesn’t have that template anymore. The photo was taken last 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.

Sarah Uthoff By the Numbers February 2017

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, 2014, December 19, 2014, April 13, 2015September 20, 2015 , December 30, 2015 and April 6, 2016. It’s a collection of raw numbers of my online activities. I think it will be interesting to track. Today’s post numbers are as of February 5, 2017.

twitter-count-2017

Number of blog posts published on Trundlebed Tales1,500

Total number of blog post views: 137,469

Highest number of views in a single day: 389

Number of YouTube videos on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel: 69

Total Number of Subscribers to Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel:120

Number of total views on Trundlebed Tales YouTube Channel62,095

Plus views of  my program on Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum channel: 15,828

For a total of YouTube views: 77,923

Number of Followers on Twitter: 1,903

Number of Friends on Facebook: 596

Number of Likes on Trundlebed Tales Facebook Page: 660

Number of connections on LinkedIn: 241

Slideshare Uploads: 3

Slideshare Views: 867

Number in circles on Google Plus: 227

Number of episodes on Blog Talk Radio: 175

Number of Views on Academia.edu: 209

Followers on Academia.edu: 20

Photos added on Flickr: 135

Photos on Instagram: 400

Followers on Instagram: 122

Videos added on Vimeo: 21 (total watches not part of standard Vimeo statistics)

Number of total listens on Blog Talk Radio93,935

Highest listen number for an individual episode6064

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 of January 2017

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Sarah on Music Man Porch
Sarah on Music Man Porch
Favorite Purchase
T-Shirt of the Month January 2017
Les Kelly Little House Photographer Passes
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Registration is Open for South Dakota Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Favorite Purchase
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2017
Where did Albert come from?
Spring Valley Events 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.

Time to Book a Program

We’re at the start of the new year and requests for programs are coming in!

If you’d like to see me in person, tell your local library, museum, conservation center, or service group. Still on the fence? Here’s an example of one of my programs. It’s a shortened version of my Christmas program.

Funding

If you are in Iowa, I suggest you look into funding my program through a Humanities Iowa grant. It’s just a little half page form and you can have me speak for $50 (depending on location overnight accommodations might also be required separately). You don’t have to go through a Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau grant, but it is such a good deal that I strongly recommend it for programs in Iowa that qualify. I am also available to speak out of state.

Booking a Program

Presenting at Ottumwa
Presenting at Ottumwa

The booking process:

1.       Decide roughly what you want me to do. Do you have a program in mind? Read all about my possible programs.  Are you thinking about extras like handouts or crafts? How long do you want me to be there outside of the program (for example if it’s an event do you want me to circulate awhile before the presentation and drum up interest?)? Also, do you want me for one program or more?

2.       Contact me and set up a date. We both have to agree on a date and time that works for both of us.

3.       Price depends on exactly where you want me to go and what you want me to do. Please contact me so we can discuss the details. If you don’t go through Humanities, normally I charge $200 a program with 50 cents a mile mileage, but exact charges can depend on the answers to number 1 above. You can talk with me for suggestions for funding.

Old Laura Cottonwood Tree
Uthoff dressed as 1930s by Cottonwood Tree at Memorial Site in De Smet SD

Qualifying for a Humanities Iowa Grant

As a member of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau, I am pre-approved for their community group grants. Find a list of requirements at the link above, but basically you need to be located in Iowa and have a program aimed at either adults or families, children only groups are not approved, but I’ve had approvals for groups that met within a school or had school groups come too as long as you also reach out to the public to come to the event. Be sure to specify how you will do that on the grant application.
Please note that you do NOT have to fill out the full grant application that is located under the Grants tab on their homepage. This is a specialized form.
If your group’s event is approved, you pay $50 and Humanities Iowa will cover most other expenses. (Extra costs might apply when an overnight stay is necessary, for supplies if you choose to add an optional craft, etc.)   For more information check their webpage.

Or contact them at:

Storytelling
Storytelling

Humanities Iowa
100 LIB RM 4039
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

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 2016

Sarah Uthoff sitting on merry-go-round in front of one-room school
Sarah at Ingalls Homestead

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 2016. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. 🙂

Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Iowa City Park Zoo
July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2016
Playing Pa’s Fiddle
James Wilder’s First Wife
Guiding Light – Cancellation and Michelle and Danny
Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday 2016
Annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Shopping Guide 2016
Little House Fans Head North
Laura Ingalls Wilder Events Around the Country
In the Kitchen With Laura Project February 2014
Where did Albert come from?
2016 Events in Pepin
Pa’s Beard
What comes next?
Wilson Rawls
Missing Murals of Iowa City
Laura Ingalls Wilder SD Conference Update
Organizing Your Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection Part 1
Monkey Business in Iowa City
Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Plays 2016
In the Kitchen With Laura July 2014
2016 Spring Valley MN Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Links
May 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Red Chief Tablets
Mary Swanzey Harris Gift to Mansfield
Report on New Project from Mary Ingalls Society

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.