The Homestead Act of 1862 opened South Dakota to Americans, explicitly allowing women to own their own land. This opportunity was hard to pass up for some women, they packed up everything they could and moved to the Great Plains to try to “prove up,” their land.
An autobiography by Edith Kohl, where she described her life on her homestead near the Lower Brule reservation.
Physical copy of this Journal available at the Agricultural Heritage Museum in Brookings
Exhibit is open until February 2020.
This article compared women's lives in the 1920s, one woman was from South Dakota while the other was from Iowa.
This book, by H. Elaine Lindgren, gives a well-rounded view of life for women on the frontier
South Dakota Art Museum Exhibit - Harvey Dunn*
Opening Fall 2019
Solomon D. Butcher, “Chrisman Sisters,” (1886). https://www.denverpost.com/2007/04/05/pioneer-women/