It all started a long time ago in a little white house made of boards that I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Before anyone knew what was happening, I was “playing Laura,” visiting the Laura sites, and learning how to do the things Laura did around her family farm. In the words of my cousin, “Laura took over her life and everybody’s who knew her.”
When I grew up, I got my degree in history education, got actively involved with living history and historic foodways, and began to research the history around Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Sarah S. Uthoff received both her BA in history education and her Masters of Library Science from the University of Iowa. Currently she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sarah is an active Wilder researcher. She currently serves as President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. She also is listmistress for the Country School Association of America and serves on their board.
§ Sarah has been the featured speaker for 11 years at the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered Day – Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.
She has also spoken at:
§ Laura Ingalls Wilder: New Perspectives Conference in De Smet, South Dakota
§ Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota
§ Laura Ingalls Wilder Girl Scout Patch Day at Ushers Ferry Historic Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
§ Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Pepin, Wisconsin
§ Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas
§ Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa
§ Laurapalooza: The Conference of the National Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research - 2010, 2012