General Information About Pioneer Life
as a Pioneer - Why Move West?
A brief explanation of the push/pull factors which influenced many
people to settle in the Midwest and West.
as a Pioneer- Traveling West
A brief description of the modes of travel used in Iowa during pioneer
times, including maps of railroad lines.
Farming - Life in a Log Home
Describes what it was like to live in a log cabin in pioneer times;
including how cabins were built, how meals were prepared, and how
housekeeping chores were done.
A description of the hardships endured by Ohio pioneers in the mid-1800s.
Includes information about pioneer food, medicines, cabin-raisings,
Hinckley-Big Rock School District (Illinois) in conjunction with Southern
Illinois University, presents information about toys, games, customs,
crafts, clothing, farm life, and housing, including many photographs.
Information about pioneer food, clothing, medicine, transportation,
farming, games, and homes, including many photos.
Includes links to information on pioneer clothing, food, and home
Recipes for homemade soap, ice cream, and stew.
Pioneer Farming Techniques
to Pioneer Farming
Describes the methods and tools used to cultivate Iowa farmland in
For Ourselves Alone
An interactive quiz about a typical day in the life of a Nebraska
farm girl in the 1800s.
Students may ask questions about pioneer life and have them answered
by a historian at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.
Firsthand Accounts: Diaries, Posters and Articles
of a Young Girl
A reprint of a diary kept by Ellen Strang in the early 1860's. It
contains a record of pioneer farm life including information on household
chores, planting and harvesting crops, illnesses, and travel.
of Acres for Sale Poster
A copy of a Land for Sale poster to entice people to come to Iowa
Letters - John and Sarah Kenyon
Describes a family's efforts to stop a prairie fire in Iowa in 1859.
Farming - Journal of William Buxton
A diary of one man's journey from England to Iowa in 1853 includes
descriptions of travel by steamship, train, steamboat, rail, and stagecoach.
Farming - Pioneering at Bonaparte and Near Pella
Sarah Welch Nossaman's recollections of the hardships she experienced
on several Iowa farms where her family lived in the 1800s.