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Homesteading

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act and created a world of opportunity for the 372,000 families that poured onto the prairies. The families came for many reasons—a hunger for land, a vision for the future, a longing for adventure, or an interest in profit. Some failed. Some scraped by. Some succeeded and, in the process, put down roots that shaped the region as we know it. Filmed in scenic North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota locations through the four seasons, Homesteading, a 60-minute documentary, blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendants of homesteaders, and dramatic readings from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled to create a life for themselves on the prairies.

Broadcast premiere 2010

online for $29.95 or order by calling 1-800-359-6900

Funding for online video streaming is provided by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

About the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

In 2008, Minnesota voters passed a landmark piece of legislation — the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment — which provided funding to public television stations serving audiences in Minnesota. Its mission is to help preserve and document the treasures of culture, history, and heritage that make Minnesota special, and to increase access to the natural and cultural resources we all share.

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Production Funding Provided By

Funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the website do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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