Frontier Social Gatherings

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Time Frame: 1800's

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

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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)

 


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