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Life on the Prairies - Introduction
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R-B12988
Item Date
1912


A barn raising bee on a farm in the Cottonwood district, north of Pense.


The concept of ‘free’ land on the open prairie was a huge incentive for people immigrating to Saskatchewan. However, most immigrants did not realize exactly what lay ahead of them. To change a prairie landscape into crop land producing wheat and other grains took a monumental effort by the homesteaders. They had to contend with an unpredictable climate as well as isolation, vast distances, problems obtaining adequate water, and a never ending list of household and farm chores.

Despite all of these difficulties, the homesteaders created a new life for themselves on the prairie within a short time. Life soon revolved around family, friends, and the institutions that were essential for a comfortable and prosperous life. The homesteaders’ experiences shaped the individualistic as well as the cooperative spirit that came to symbolize life in Saskatchewan.

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R-B12988
Media Type:
photograph
Keywords:
Barns; Bees; Pense District


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