Laura Ingalls Wilder presentation Aug. 19

Contributed Photo Pictured is Sarah Uthoff who will present “Packing Up”, a program about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, on Aug. 19th at the Marshalltown Pubic Library.


In honor of the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth, the Marshalltown Public Library will host Sarah Uthoff, who will present “Packing Up,” a program about the life of Wilder. The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 in the library’s community meeting rooms.

“Packing Up” has us looking in on Wilder as she is packing up to move to Mansfield, Mo. Wilder has moved around a lot in life and collected a lot of experiences. As she is getting ready to leave De Smet, S.D. for the last time, she is going through an old trunk to see if there is anything that can be left behind. Each artifact in the old trunk holds a story, one story for each of the places that Wilder lived.

Sarah Uthoff received both her history education BA and her masters of library science degrees from the University of Iowa. Currently, she serves as director of the Oxford Public Library in Oxford and as a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. An active Wilder researcher, Uthoff is a regularly-featured speaker at the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Remembered Day at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch.

This presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library and is free to the community. This event is geared at adults and school-aged children. Call the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 or visit the library’s website at for more information.