1700 Ioway Indian Village
How did the Ioway Indians use bone, stone and wood tools to farm? What
were their houses like?
1850 Pioneer Farm
Describes how Iowans transformed the rich black soil of prairies into
the most productive farmland in the world.
1875 Town of Walnut
Describes what an early frontier town might have looked like.
1900 Horse-powered Farm
Draft horses supply the power for the fieldwork while the family lives
in a white frame farmhouse.
Lincoln Picture Gallery
See what a pioneer farm was like through pictures and descriptions that
describe Abraham Lincoln's boyhood farm. View pictures taken by students
on a field trip to the historical farm.
All About the
This site contains great story-like descriptions of the adventures of
pioneers. Includes information about the hardships of the journey; camping,
food, and provisions; buffalo; the route west and the animals taken on
the journey; and information about Native Americans.
PBS explores the history, art, and personal stories of quilt making in
Home on the Fringes of the Prairie 1800-1850
Some pioneers stayed close to the forests and rivers instead of settling
on the prairies. They depended on wood for fuel, fences, tools, and shelter.
The site is an excerpt from an informal address by Herbert Hoover to the
Iowa Society of Washington in 1927.
Day in the Life of a Young Pioneer Girl
This history game describes what it was like to be a kid in the 1800's.
Diaries, Memoirs, Letters
and Reports along the Trails West
Effigy Mounds National Monument
Deere - Self Polishing Cast Steel Plow
Describes how John Deere single-handedly revolutionized American agriculture
by developing and marketing the world's first self-polishing cast steel
Have students prepare at least one question to be asked of 'Laura' at
Dear Laura, Westward expansion - collection of links
of the Louisiana Purchase
Letters from the Kelsey Family
Understanding the life of Jane and James Kelsey, early pioneers who settled near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
of Acres for Sale Poster
Native Nations of Iowa: Iowa/Ioway
Nations of Iowa: The Sauk
Native Nations of
Iowa: The Mesquakie
Time Periods: An Overview of Iowa History
Learn about traveling in a covered wagon over the Oregon Trail. You will
find out what was needed for the trip and how long it took the adventurers
to travel to Oregon.
Toys and Songs
Directions for several games are listed here, as well as activities you
can do today that pioneer children also did for fun.
The site discusses the main buildings of a pioneer town and why they were
important. Gives examples of templates so that you can make your own cutout
Sauk and Fox History
Shelter on the Western
Includes sod homes and dugouts, log and timber framed buildings, homesteads,
every day life on the frontier
Simple Nine Patch Quilt
The site provides different research sites, online lesson plans, online
activities, offline lesson plans, online quiz, online projects and clip
art of the old west. They all deal with western expansion.
The site provides links and information on topics such as: the Transcontinental
Railroad, Native Americans, People of the Old West, Homestead Act, Gold
Rush, and General Resources.
Pioneers in American Memory
The site provides narratives from California as I saw it: First-person
narratives, 1849-1900, also different writings and collections, music,
readings, subject indexes and lists of performers.