HOMESTEADING - produced by Prairie Public Broadcasting, 2010. 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 Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota locations through the four seasons,
Homesteading blends interviews with historians, the stories told by descendants of homesteaders,
and dramatic reading from pioneer diaries and letters to paint a picture of the people who struggled
to create a life for themselves on the prairies. DVD.