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Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

Land in Her Own Name: Women as Homesteaders January 30 – March 6 News Release from the Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, Minnesota

Starting in the 1870s, thousands of single, divorced, and widowed women in North Dakota took advantage of the government’s offer of “free land” and filed claims in their own names. These remarkable women of every ethnicity and background, some barely past their teens and some already in their 60s made their homes, worked the land, and raised families in an era and area that was not only difficult but dangerous.

For a limited time, Land in Her Own Name, will be on display at the Hjemkomst Center Jan 30 – Mar 6. This exhibit presents the findings of Dr. H. Elaine Lindgren, a retired NDSU sociology professor and author of Land in Her Own Name.

Admission to see all three exhibits is included in the regular museum admission rate of $8 for adults, $7 for college students and senior citizens, and $6 for children over five.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County collects, preserves, and presents the history and culture of Clay County and the region. HCSCC also provides an

interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space. The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County is a community resource for 210,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area and serves an average of 40,000 visitors a year from all over the world.

For more information, call 218-299-5511 or visit The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.

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