A historian looks at the distinctive Midwestern identity of Wilder and her "Little House on the Prairie" books.
The first caravans lumbered across two thousand miles of dangerous, inhospitable wilderness in 1843, the year of the Great Migration. To a surprising degree it’s still possible to follow something very like their route.
A novelist joins his ancestor on a trip West and discovers in her daily travails an intimate view of a tremendous national migration
For many children who accompanied their parents west across the continent in the 1840s and '50s, the journey was a supreme adventure
The Story of Some Forgotten Four-Footed Pioneers
The last homesteading community, a Depression-era experiment—and a selection of the rare color photographs that recorded it
“Surveyor, mountain man, soldier, businessman, wanderer, captain of emigrants, farmer…he was himself the westward-moving frontier.”
From Poverty and Persecution to Prosperity and Power
IT WAS LIKE THIS FOR OUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHERS
The tragic journey of the Donner Party
Pioneer farmers had neither wood nor brick to build with, but there sure was plenty of good earth
Between the ages of fifteen and twenty, young Peter Rindisbacher captured on canvas the lives of Indians and white pioneers on the Manitoba—Minnesota frontier
Legend says the frontier was “hell on women,” but the ladies claim they had the time of their lives