Frontier Social Gatherings

Time Frame: 1800's

In the 1800s neighbors from miles around would gather together to work, and then festivities followed.
“The Prairie Pioneers,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 4, Iowa Public Television, 1977.

View all artifacts



As the frontier population grew, there were times when fun and work went together. A social gathering might be held for a cabin or a barn raising; a sewing or quilting bee. Neighbors for miles around would gather for a hard days work, topped by a festive dinner and sometimes dancing to the music of a local fiddle player.

(music, singing and clapping)


Iowa Pathways: Iowa History Resources for Students and Teachers
Home ~ My Path ~ Artifacts ~ Timeline ~ Quest ~ Teacher Resources ~ Project Information ~ Sponsors
Iowa Pathways © 2005 - 2015 Iowa Public Television