Additional Information and Resources for Chapter 13
Inside and Outside the Home: Homesteading in Montana 1900-1920
from the Montana Historical Society. This trunk focuses on the
thousands of people who came to Montana's plains in the early 20th
century in hopes of make a living through dry-land farming.
Homesteading Trunk from the Museum of the Rockies. This trunk
explores the history of homesteading and the daily lifestyles of
settlers through activities, stories, and clothing and artifact
To Learn A New
Way from the Montana Historical Society. Created by Salish
educator Julie Cajune, this trunk explores the reservation, allotment,
and boarding school periods as experienced by Montana Indians.
Websites and Online Lesson Plans
OPI's Indian Education Division has pulled together a list of
resources that "help
to provide insight into the impact the law had on Indian communities
and provide multiple perspectives."
OPI has model
middle school and
high school IEFA lesson plans on allotment.
The National Archives has created this lesson on the
1862 Homestead Act.
Corvallis teacher Phil Leonardi has developed several
homesteading-related lesson plans as part of his ninth grade
Montana heritage Project-based geography class.
Montana PBS created several lessons, designed to accompany the
television series Frontier House, a reality television show that
brought modern families to Nevada City, Montana, to simulate life on
a nineteenth-century homestead. The lesson plans focus on westward
migration, homesteading, and daily life in the 1880s for white
settlers on the frontier.
The Homestead National Monument of America has created a rich
variety of curriculum material.
If you know the names of homesteaders in your area (which you can
probably find by looking in your county history book), you can
research their homesteading patents - and often view copies of the
actual documents granting them title.
The Library of Congress's "Collection
Connection" page focusing on western agriculture poses some
The University of Montana Special Collections Library has created an
Homesteading: The Dream and The Realities.
Videos or DVDs
Sun River Homestead - 27 minutes
Chapter Two, "Homesteading," (17 minutes) of Montana Mosaic: 20th
Century People and Events. (Check your library. OPI donated a copy of
this DVD to every public school in Montana.
The DVD is also available as streaming video.)
Evelyn Cameron: Pictures from a Worthy Life - 57 minutes. (A VHS
tape of this film can also be borrowed from the
Montana Historical Society.)
Keepers of the Land: Three Montana Families & Their Homestead
Legacies - 57 minutes.
Glacier County Historical Museum, Cut Bank
Museum of the Northern Plains and
Homestead Village, Fort Benton
Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture, Huntley
County Museum, Scobey
Mondak Heritage Center, Sidney
Box Elder Irrigation District, 1922, photo by
Walter Dean, Jr., Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc
Agriculture, Marjorie Gieseker Goering, 1935,
Montana Historical Society Museum
Two girls in apples, Ravalli County Orchards,
Montana Historical Society Photo Archives