Plains Women: An Afternoon with Homesteading Women of Colorado

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 10:00am

Did you know that in 1910, one in every five homestead
claims filed in Eastern Colorado were filed by women?
Young and single, widowed or divorced, alone or with
families and friends, thousands of women flocked
to claim land on the eastern plains. Why they came,
what they experienced, how they succeeded—these
are just some of the questions Colorado Humanities
scholar Rebecca Atkinson attempts to answer in
her documentary, Homesteading Women of the
Colorado Prairies. Following the 50-minute film, stay
for refreshments and discussion, both of Atkinson’s
research and film, as well as Kent Haruf’s and other
western writers’ portrayals of these women as
characters in their novels. The Tie that Binds is Haruf’s
haunting story of one woman’s harrowing life on a
Colorado homestead.